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Transforming Fear to Joy

Peak Experiences — the Good Vibrations of the Universe

Peak spiritual experiences are states of oneness, bliss or non-duality where we feel completely connected with everything and everyone around us.  This is not a state privy only to those deemed as enlightened.  Every one of us has had at least one, if not many, peak experiences.

For instance, when I was 10 years old, my mother’s softball team was in the playoff game of a tournament when their left fielder sprained her ankle.  Without another player to take her place, the team was going to forfeit until my mother said, “Helen can play.”  It was the bottom of the ninth inning, and my mom had just bunted in the winning run (3 to 2).  If we could hold them off from scoring, the win would be ours.  Fast forward to a runner on second and their clean-up hitter in the batter’s box.  By now my heart was wedged in my throat, and as I heard the mighty crack of the bat hitting the ball, I knew to turn and run for the fence.  Sure enough, the ball was headed my way and over my head.  At the last moment, I reached my glove as far as I could and by some miracle caught the bottom half of the ball.  I still remember every second of that “icecream cone” catch, especially the words of the sports announcer, “Like mother, like daughter.”  Remembering the event today still brings tears to my eyes because my mother was my hero.  A blissful state for a 10-year old is being hailed a hero.

Reflecting on this childhood experience today, I see the greater “mystery” that enabled my success — my mother’s positive belief in me raised my own consciousness.  And, when our consciousness is raised, our vibrational frequency more closely resembles that of the universe.  This elevation brings us closer to union or oneness with universal forces.  It is these universal forces that protect and provide for us, just as they provided me with the game-winning catch.  A little bit of 10-year old skill and willingness mixed with a whole lot of cosmic support prevailed that day.

When we are in a state of heightened consciousness, we radiate with the highest expression of our very being.  We always do our best.  We always bring the highest version of ourselves to every present moment.  This also helps us come fro