Are you ready for a Spiritual and Personal Transformation?

“There I say unto you. What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye
receive them, and ye shall have them.” Romans 8:26 (KJV)

You are wondering what a spiritual and personal transformation is. Then you may ask does this apply to me? No
matter what our ages are, we all face crossroads while traveling on our runways of our lives. Webster’s New World
Dictionary (1991) clearly defines spiritual as: of the spirit or soul; of consisting of spirit; refined in thought and feeling.
In the same book: personal means private; individual; of the body or physical appearance; having to do with
character. Now we will explore the word transform: to change the form or appearance; to change the condition, character,
or function of. It is my deepest hope that you have a clearer understanding of what is meant by spiritual and personal
transformation.

“You don’t go through a deep personal transformation without some kind of dark night of the soul.”
Sam Keen (1931? ). Jerry Brown radio interview, KPFA, Berkeley (California), 19 October 1995

Where am I Going?

Often when we become of a certain age we look around and say, “Am I missing something?” Some experts would like to call this a “midlife crisis.” We then assess where we have been, where we are going, and what the next steps are to continue on our journey. Maybe we have been stayat?
home parents for eighteen years, a professional teacher, pastor, or are seasoned in another profession, and know your passions and desires are to paint our dreams on canvas. This world’s economy that we are so?called facing has taught many “life lessons” for those who are seeking to turn yet another page in their life. A considerable amount of folks who have been tied down to a 9?5 or a 12?hour job are not unleashing their inner creativity learning to take a risk to try something different. People are looking for changes no matter what their ages are. They are searching for answers to “what’s next and how do I get there?” They ask should they learn how to fly an airplane at sixty? A grandfather asks can I find my true love?mate again after twenty years of being alone? Spiritual and personal transformation is about going within your soul to find out what truly defines “who you are.” What are the needs of your soul? When you were working those long hours for another person you were that corporation. Let’s take a moment to reflect, remember when you were at home raising your children, your children’s needs came first ? “you gave to them first,” or when you were in college when your passions were so fresh that you could taste them, and your zealousness pushed you into action and you would not settle for less than your heart’s desire. Spiritual and personal transformation will allow you to feel this way again, and have no doubts about your future success!

Welcoming Changes

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (AncientEastern Manuscripts)

Changes occur constantly: hourly, daily, monthly, and yearly. We can enter in a posture of grace or resistance, you have to choose. As we create a “spiritual practice” and enter a sacred place for refuge, your challenges can be met in grace; resistance will prolong your transformation. I talk and write about a “spiritual practice” often, however, it consists of:
• Daily communion with your Higher Power
• Journaling your thoughts (fears, doubts, happiness
and successes)
Meditation along with contemplation
• Eating wholesome foods
• Exercising your body
• Attending a Center for spiritual worship
• Reading edifying books
• Listening to uplifting music
• Adding anything that’s positive in your life

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This action will help unblock, deny, and hinder all emotional patterns which may obstruct your path to your destinies. Then you can put the pieces back together like a puzzle. Next, create your masterpiece called “My Life!” In Due Season In the Bible in the book of Galatians 6:9 (AEM), it states
“Let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” As many of you may know I wanted to model for magazines when I was twelve years old. I also had the ambition to write and be creative in the visual arts. At fourteen I started on that path of my destination. Once I
was eighteen I went to Fashion school, which was my inner passion. While I was young I wasn’t a “good student” academically ? my learning style wasn’t present. But in Fashion school I made As and Bs. I come from a family background of educators. But that route was never for me ? my path was different. I walked to the beat of my own heart even at a young age! Many of my relatives thought I was rebellious. I laugh now; I just knew what I wanted even at an early childhood age! After many bumps and mishaps on the road of life, I am intentionally focused on my inner dreams. Life to me is not about the destination of a dream, it’s all about the “life lessons learned” on the way. After ending my marriage of twenty?one years and raising six children, I finally stepped into my dreams. Thirty years later I remembered, and woke up to recapture my childhood dreams, which were to
model, write, and use my artistic abilities. My children are all grown, I am free of a life?partner and have done my inner work to let go of my past to create my future. Another posture I had to attain was to “practice the gift of forgiveness.” I live completely in the now, not in the past and not too far into the future! This was a spiritual and personal transformation for me. You can do this too, it is for you! With faith, trusting in a Higher Power, changing your mindset, setting realistic goals, and stopping focusing on limiting beliefs, you too can reach your ultimate goals in your life.

Start by asking yourself:

• What are your desires of your heart and dreams?
• What were your childhood dreams that you sat
and daydreamed of day after day?
• How many fears are holding you back from you
stepping into your destines?
• Are you ready to move forward or are you stuck
into the past?
Maybe you are too far into the future. Can you live in the Now of today this moment?

Let Go and Really Let God

Churches and Centers have sung about “letting go,” “releasing” and “letting God” for decades. Twelve?Step groups and self?help programs have talked about letting go and trusting in a Higher Power and they give affirmations for us to use. We have also created our own affirmations to help change our consciousness to start us believing our own thoughts. After a few days we are back where we started in doubts, fears, and worries. Why? Stop here and
ponder what happens in the patterns of your life that you return to this place of nothing gets done. Be honest with yourself ? go within your soul’s stirrings to see why you fall back on what you have always relied on. I would like to challenge you, my dear, to start to figure out what’s cooking in your soul? Are there many stories yet untold? Can you begin to step one foot in front of another to create the desires of your heart? Once you make that first step, you will only see and find that your Higher Power has already gone before you and opened your path. Your job is to say “Yes” and move into a position of active faith along with confidence and assurance! You can really let go and let God show you the way. May I advise that you be “poised for the runway of your life!” So be it!

Copyright Carol Batey 2010

- Carol Batey

Author's Bio: 

Carol Batey has drawn strength, gained wisdom, and experienced insights through her studies of teachings from the Bible, ancient manuscripts, sages, seers, and modern day visionaries. They have helped her transform her life and overcome the many obstacles she has been faced with on each step of her journey. Carol shares her passions, personal revelations, insights, and victories along the road she traveled when she started recreating her life at age forty-nine. Upon the demise of her twenty-one year marriage and her sole career as a homemaker, she made the conscious choice to embrace and pursue the passions of her heart to become a professional model. Being a single parent of six children (five still living at home), overweight, no experience, in a depressive state, and almost fifty years old, it is a joy to follow Carol as she deliberately steps into her destiny with all odds against her.