Being Courageous: A Spiritual Path

four agreements
[Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements]

Courage comes from doing the thing that is right, no matter what is going on or what someone else wants you to do. You do it from your true, authentic self without thought.

It is important to be separated from what others think of you. What some one thinks of you is just their opinion, and has nothing to do with who you are!

No one can make you into what you are not, just because that is what they think you are. No one else is responsible for your actions and thoughts except you. All you can control is yourself and how you act on a day to day basis.

We all have egos and it is good for many things. But your ego is often at odds with universal laws and principles. Take the time to identify when you are acting from ego (“I need to be important”) and when you are acting from your authentic self (“I need to be me.”).

Your ego wants you to feel special, better, and different than others. But the truth is that you share more in common with others than differences. You can only offer to another person the part of you that is true.

There was a young boy many years ago that lived in a small town. He was fortunate to have a newspaper delivery job. While collecting from the customers in his neighborhood, he stopped by the home of one of the women who lived nearby his house.

The woman who lived there came to the door in tears. She spoke rather disjointedly, but the boy was able to make out that she had just learned of the sudden death of one of her grown children. Since he was only about twelve or so, the boy had no idea what to say or do. But when he returned home, he found his mother who was busily working in the kitchen and told her what had happened. As soon as she heard the news, his mother immediately quit what she was doing, threw on her coat, and hurried over to the neighbor to provide company and solace. She didn’t think about it; she didn’t say, “Gosh, I should go comfort her, but what would I say?” she just went.

The boy, who had felt so incapable of action, was most impressed by this example of human compassion and selflessness. He saw his mother responding as her authentic self, and he learned much that day.

Could it be that we are always struggling to know the authentic self? Many of us only need to recognize the strength and courage we have always had, but were afraid to see. As we are trying to understand ourselves, we struggle with our fears, and failures – our weaknesses.

Through some kind of events (such as the newspaper boy had), these weaknesses can have the chance to turn around. After looking at yourself and understanding the reason you are doing something, or having a comparison of another’s actions, we look long and hard at ourselves.

This gives us a chance to change. A transformation occurs.

A weakness is merely an asset used in a fearful way. We have constant opportunities to make magic in our lives because the universe is constantly giving us new dilemmas to work with.

[Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements]

Special Olympics

Young boy, named Jay, loved to be in the Special Olympics every year. He planned for it and talked about it all year long. He wanted the gold medal.

His family was always there to support him. But this particular time his mother got sick and had to stay at home. His father went with him and she waited to hear the story when he got back.

They finally came home. Jay had a silver medal around his neck. Mother was worried that he was disappointed that he had not won the gold medal. But he had a beaming smile.

His father said, “Tell mom what happened.”

Jay told the story: When the shot rang out to start, he hesitated and was fearful since his mother was not there. And all the other runners moved ahead of him. But he was so excited just to be in the race, he forged ahead and eventually was the lead runner.

As he got to the finish line, he heard all the cheers of his friends, neighbors and family for him to cross the finish line.

And he stopped.

He just stood there. He stood there and enjoyed the moment of completion. Crossing the line did not make him a winner. He was already a winner by running the race; by doing something that many people didn’t think he was capable of doing; by forging ahead and following his heart.

Maria Shriver has been first lady of California, Kennedy family member, TV journalist, and bestselling author. She has had her share of fame, and then some. But when she heard that the main goal of today’s kids’ is to ‘be famous’, she had to speak up.

The speech below, delivered at her nephew’s high school graduation is included in her new book, Just Who Will You Be?

“Famous people always seem to look happy. They always look rich. The always look thin. If they’re fat, they’ll be thin next week. But for whatever it’s worth [and since I’m kind of famous, it might be worth something], fame isn’t a worthy goal. Fame can’t make you happy, in and of itself. It can’t make you feel worthy. It can’t give you life of meaning and joy. That, I’ve learned, is strictly an inside job. The only way you can come to feel good about yourself and to find a life of meaning and joy is to find your own path. Live your own life, not an imitation of someone else’s.

“We live in a world that seems to put a premium on the trappings of fame. But figuring out who you are and fulfilling your own dreams —that’s a worthy goal. The people I’ve met who are happiest in their lives, famous or not, have done just that.

“So ask yourself what you want to be famous for. And set your sights high—because you can be famous for doing something that matters: something that makes life better. We need famous people with integrity, character, and vision, people who want to lead, who want to make the world a more peaceful and compassionate place.—where people feel accepted and valued for who they are.”

Be courageous. Follow the spiritual path of who you truly are: Your Authentic Self.

~ First presented at Unity Community in Dunedin, Florida, May 2008

Blessings, Melissa

Birth 2012 and Beyond, by Barbara Marx Hubbard

The most important book of 2012 – with priceless gifts today!

Have you ever followed the teachings of the Mayan elders? The Mayan calendar calls for major changes and shifts with the grand pennacle being December 21, 2012. There has been so much hype about that date, along with fear and misunderstanding. But I know this date marks a special transformation for us as a people and for our home, Mother Earth. It gives us the chance to prepare our future through intention in a positive manner.

I have followed Barbara Marx Hubbard since I saw her at an IONS (Institute for Noetics Sciences) Conference in 2001. Charles and I were exhibitors there in Palm Springs CA, and were mesmerized with all the international speakers in the fields of metaphysics and spirituality. Ms. Hubbard has a certain vib around her that you are instantly attracted to. And when she speaks, she shares exactly the information your heart and mind have been craving.

That is why I want to share with you a time-sensitive and exciting opportunity to add to your library. Many are saying it is the most important book of 2012, written by visionary Barbara Marx Hubbard, the woman Marianne Williamson calls “our undisputed planetary mid-wife.”

I love and respect this pioneering woman so much!  And when you buy her book today, you can receive an amazing package of gifts.

We are in the midst of a great shift, as you all know on one level or another. We can blend our love for Mother Earth and all our brothers and sisters, and make a major and positive change in the direction of our lives. Birth 2012 and Beyond is building a global movement to co-create a planetary rebirth, helping humanity go beyond our crises to a new way of being.  A whole systems shift will be required, and this book shows us how.

Barbara’s inspiring vision in the book is amplified by special contributions from 12 renowned leaders – including Neale Donald Walsch, Michael Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Jean Houston, Lynne Twist, James O’Dea and Lynne McTaggart – all offering essential insights into how we can birth a sustainable and joyful planetary civilization.

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When you join me in ordering the book during today’s launch only, you can get a priceless free gift package from some of these top luminaries, including opportunities for private coaching from people like Neale Donald Walsch and Barbara herself!

And even if you don’t order the book, you can register for a special free teleseminar event with many of these leaders sharing about the exciting movement that is growing.

Barbara’s book offers a timely call and a roadmap for turning our collective crisis into an opportunity for mass evolution, which I see as essential.

Tens of thousands have joined Barbara in declaring December 22, 2012 our planet’s first Birth Day to mark the beginning of a new era of peace, health, sustainability, and prosperity for humanity.  I’m fully supporting this vision, which aims for 100 million participants worldwide who commit to building this new era together.

Birth 2012 and Beyond has been created as an essential guide for today’s evolutionaries who are committed to making a real difference.  I am positive you’ll be profoundly inspired by this woman that Deepak Chopra calls “the voice for conscious evolution in our times.”

Here’s just a taste of some of the praise for Birth 2012 and Beyond:

“Birth 2012 and Beyond envisions a future to embrace with love rather than face with fear. It offers individual and collective tools for giving birth to what is most beautiful in ourselves and in the world around us.” —Marianne Williamson, NY Times #1 bestselling author

“When I saw our precious planet from space, I recognized that we must shift our consciousness and culture before we destroy our fragile home. This inspired and visionary book offers profound wisdom for how to make the shift in time.” —Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut, founder of Institute of Noetic Sciences

“Conscious evolution, a concept that Barbara Marx Hubbard has championed for decades, is one of the best two or three ideas of modern times.” —Ken Wilber, author of The Integral Vision

I invite you — no, I urge you to join me in ordering the book today, so you’ll get all the special gifts that come with it in honor of the official launch – and help propel this vision forward!

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May your life be full of joy and wonderful surprises! …..Melissa.

Kids Seeing Sparkles: Questions and Answers on Fear

There have been so many responses to my first two articles about “seeing sparkles” that I felt  guided to write this further information. As the conversation continues, more information is brought out. And I see other areas that should be addressed concerning this newly recognized phenomenon.

If this is your first time searching SPARKLES, then be sure to read the other posts I have made. They are listed just below here… ** Be sure to read all the comments that follow too, because the readers have other great information and experiences that just might answer one of your questions! Thanks to all that have posted comments over the past year, you have been so much help in this endeavor.


1.  My first article called Children Seeing Sparkles addresses the first email I received regarding this fascinating subject. Start your quest by reading this aticle:


2. This second article called The Truth about Seeing Spirited Sparkles is an earnest attempt to give more information and an expanded view of it. Please read it too:


As I said, if you are really looking for information regarding Sparkles, then be sure to read all of the comments with both articles, before you ask any questions.

Please realize, that I am not an expert on this subject. But I am learning very quickly about the different aspects of it, and hope that I am able to help you understand, even if in only a small way, what might be going on.


FEAR: This particular article is based on some questions that have come in dealing with fear about the sparkles: either by the children seeing them, or by their parents. Bear with me as I explain somethings that might help.


Understanding Energy

Basically, energy is simply energy. Energy is always energy. Energy can take the form of many different things: clouds, houses, people, Jello,  even  thought forms. It also can be the way those in the spirit world show themselves  (such as with Sparkles).

Here is an example of how we sometimes view energy: If someone comes into your house, and you feel strange and uneasy around them, then you usually will say, “There’s something wrong with that person,” or “I get a bad feeling around him.” It depends on how we feel about the person as to whether we think it is good or bad. This is only a judgment. It is not how the energy is. It could be that the vibration of that person is just different from yours, and that is why you feel something. But it does not mean that the person is bad.

The same thing can be said about other things in life, such as sparkles. The reason I say that is because our younger children have a difficult time relating what they see or feel to us. Their experience is still very limited to find references for this situation. So, if they have seen a scary movie, or ghost story, then they know the feeling of fear. It is a quickening, or tense feeling. Perhaps, the sparkles are connected to spirits or angels. But if there is no reference to that, then “ghost” might be what they say and believe. So, something that originally did not present itself as negative, becomes scary. Of course, this might not be the case for everyone. But I see this in many situations.



Now I want to talk about being empowered in these strange situations. In the physical world, we teach our children to be safe, and how to protect themselves. Example: Your child might be at school playing on the playground with other kids. A man comes up and says scary things to the child. You teach you child ahead of time to stay away from them, and to say “Go away, stay away from me.”

The same is true when dealing with spirit energies of any kind. They may be positive spirits. But they seem scary to your child. Or the sparkles might expand, and show themselves all the time. It might get out of hand, and frustrating. Sometimes, children remember the scary movies and relate what they see to something negative. Then their imagination can create more of it. It is real to them. (I have to say here, that once in a great while, there can be a real negative energy. But that is very unusual. The more common thing is that the sparkles, or situation, is confusing, or misunderstood. And the child doesn’t really know how to react to it.)

Talk to your child about being powerful, just like the scenario about the playground. Each person is “in charge” of what goes on around them. You have a say so, wheather you want to be around good energy or bad energy. So your child needs to know that they are empowered to be in charge of that. Even if it is good sparkles, if your child is scared of it, or just doesn’t want it around them anymore, they should be able to do something about it.

It is important to be nice and calm. Your child can say something like, “I don’t want to see you sparkles at night anymore. Go away now. Leave me alone.” They should say it very firmly, but in a nice way. If the child is too small, then the parent can help. But remember not to be agressive or angry about it.

Through conversations with others, I have found that children usually out-grow the sparkles. At least, they become less intense. I think it has to do with being involved with the worldly things of life. Other chilodren embark on a wonderful connection and relationship with the sparkles. This would be similar to converstations with angels or spirit guides, which I consider normal.


Other Information

I am in the process of creating a resource list of websites, books and videos that might be of use concerning this. If you know of a good reference, be sure to comment here so others can benefit too. This list will be posted in a few days, so you might want to register to my blog and get an email when a new post is available.

I hope this has helped you in some way. Right now, it is the journey of figuring this all out. And I am honored that you have joined me in it!

Blessings to you and your experiences with Sparkles!


Melissa Leath is author of Psychic Integrity, The Respected Practice of Modern-Day Mystics. You can visit her website at

Spirit Discernment: Insight into Life

When we talk about discernment, it usually is in relation to psychic and mediumship work. It has to do with recognizing the vibrational energy of a person’s aura or the frequency of a spirit entity. Everyone and everything has a frequency to their energy field. Some are positive and in harmony with your own vibrations. But some are very different or feel disruptive to your own.

To understand how a spirit entity is interacting with you is to discern its intentions. You begin to recognize whether it feels good or not. If there is a feeling of upset, nervousness or fear, you know the spirit is not in harmony with you. On the other hand, if you have a sense of empowerment, serenity, and love, then the spirit is in harmony with you.

As a spirit works with you (especially a spiritual guide) they will pull from the love of the creator and universal understanding. The message will be uplifting and positive in nature. You will feel like light and love are cradling you.

But if you are receiving negative messages, fear tactics, and controlling thoughts, then you have the right and ability to remove that entity from your connection. You can either think in your mind, by saying “You are not harmonious to my vibration. Leave me and do not return.” Or you can say it out loud as well. The easiest way to judge or discern the connection is to ask if it comes from Creator, or if it was a loving feeling.

Another thought is take the idea of discernment into everyday life. Do the things of your life make you feel empowered or un-empowered? Are the situations you are in loving ones or fear-laden? Are the relationships bringing you peace or turmoil?

After you have taken stock of your life experiences, situations and relationships, then work toward balancing them so they are harmonious to you. Here again, you have the right and the ability to change things by eliminating the negative or unharmonious things, people and situations from your life.

Blessings until next time!

Now What? Where Do We Go From Here?

With the last few days of earth changes and devastation, and possibly more to come, we are truly at a decision-making time. What can you do as an individual? Can one person really make a difference?

Sparks of the Divine Flame

And more than that – what is really going to happen? The truth is: we don’t know. Yes, we want to believe that the New Earth will transform from the old, but how?  We want to believe we will all be lovingly moved into a new dimension.  But some people believe there will be total destruction. Which is right? Astrological experts are saying one thing. Channeled information is coming from many directions; much of which is contradictory to each other, or just flowery metaphors without solid tools to use.  We have to remember that channeled information comes through the consciousness of the channel, not directly from Source. But there is no real way to know, positively, what is going to happen or how it will happen.

For me, it is a time to stay centered in the heart (compassion energy). Our ego mind tries to keep us caught in the fear of what might happen. By staying centered, you can be totally present in the moment. This is the only true time. Being fearful robs you of your energy. But staying centered allows you to be aware of the circumstances, but totally in control of your thoughts and actions.

As the Piscean Age finalizes, the Aquarian Era salutes us with very different energy. We must get familiar with it in new ways never recognized before. I like to think of Pisces as the time of being in the water, like the fish of the sea. But Aquarius is more like walking on the water: certainly not something we have been doing with any regularity! But we have models that emulate that concept and believe it can be done.

So now we must embrace new energy. We can do that by feeling it through our own individual energy fields. The aura is there for many reasons. It holds who we are. It mingles with outside energies to experience them and understand them. It allows us to merge into new spaces slowly. But if we are not paying attention and caught up in fear always watching media reports, instead of holding compassion in the present moment, then we can’t experience the changes. We could lose connection with reality and not be aware of what is really going on in our world.

So one of my original questions was: What can one person do? Pull out your spiritual and metaphysical tools. The ones that you learned so long ago: meditation, prayer, visualization, affirmations, intention, ho’ opono pono, sending love, any remote healing method, seeing white light around difficult situations, pink bubble of love. There are so many simple, powerful tools we are to be using now. If you are not familiar with any of these, research on the internet, ask friends. Be proactive.

Please continue to stay alert with the news reports. Being aware is powerful. But do not be pulled into the fear. Compassion is so much more powerful than fear. (I do not mean feeling sorry for anyone, but instead having true concern and caring love for the situation. Sorrow is also draining to the energy.) As you feel a pull on your heart towards fearful situations, use that as an indicator to use your spiritual tools.

You are an individual: a single spark of the divine flame of perfection and creation: One of a tremendous number of sparks that are the whole of light. Just as a slice of a hologram contains all of its parts, so do you as a spark, hold all of the parts of the divine flame. We truly are all One. Together we can make a difference. No matter what is going to happen, we will all be there together.