New Year’s Theme: Perseverance in 2016

The Sign Said “Perseverance”

I was with a group of new friends, celebrating the New Year in Chesapeake Beach, Chesapeake BeachMaryland, at a resort by the docks where fishing boats are anchored.  As we were leaving, we got into the parked car and noticed that the sign for the boat dock in front of the car said, “Perseverance.”

Now, clearly “Perseverance” was the name of the boat, but one of the men in the car said, “It’s a sign – that’s our sign for the New Year – Perseverance.”

I loved it!  How awesome is that to receive a reminder to begin a New Year with the attitude of perseverance?!

So often, we work towards our hopes and dreams but then give up along the way because we haven’t achieved them yet, and despair of figuring out how to achieve them.  How often life gets hard and throws some obstacles in our way, and we just give up, rather than engaging in the mentally, emotionally, and often physically hard work of overcoming those obstacles.

If life were meant to be easy, it would be.  And when life is meant to be easy, it is.

One of life’s secrets is that life becomes easier when we stop resisting the challenges and instead welcome them as new projects, clearly sent to us to help us on our journeys in some way.  Life becomes smoother and flows more readily when we learn to go with the flow as well as creating the flow through faith and trust, as well as through gratitude and general positivity.

So, in this New Year, let’s persevere!  First, we need to decide in what ways or in what areas of our lives we would like to or need to persevere.  Do we need to persevere in believing a relationship will get better?  Do we need to persevere in learning some new skill or area of expertise?  Do we need to persevere in our career plans or commitments, despite the challenges arising and seemingly “getting in our way”?

In what area of your life would you like to persevere all the way to successfully accomplishing or living what you would like to accomplish or live?  What are your dreams that are going to require a little, or a lot of perseverance?

This year, may perseverance lead the way to making all our dreams come true!

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

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About selfrealizationtherapy

I am a healer, life coach, author, and spiritual teacher. While I am ordained in the Christian tradition, I have also studied Eastern spiritual disciplines and practices, including Raja Yoga Meditation; Intuitive Coaching; Reiki; Falun Gong; and other forms of energy healing for both people and animals. I am available for distance healing and spiritual coaching via phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or Facetime; please email me at: to schedule a session. My goal is to assist you in connecting with your Higher Self to find fulfillment, peace, health, and happiness in life. I typically work with people for about six weeks, and then they either take classes with me and advance more, or simply go their happy way. While I cannot guarantee results, many clients find that in a few short weeks, more is accomplished than could be with years of traditional talk therapy. Born on the equator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I grew up moving back-and-forth between Africa and the United States my whole childhood and youth. We lived in three different countries in Africa, and three different states in the USA. I now live in Maryland, close to Washington, DC. I was widowed at the age of 28 when my 34-year-old husband died suddenly of a cerebral aneurysm that hemorrhaged, leaving me with an infant and a toddler. This crisis led me to believe that God loves us even when "bad" things happen, and also led me to pursue spirituality and become a minister. In 1996, thanks to "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda, and a meditation class called Raja Yoga, I started on an Eastern spiritual path, a journey which included becoming a healer and a mystic. On Thursday, May 27, 2010, I experienced what I call an Enlightenment Vision, in which I ascended and was blessed by Ascended Masters of many faiths: Master Lao Tzu, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Jesus Christ, Lord Buddha, Paramahansa Yogananda, High Priest Melchizedek, Lady Kwan Yin, Master Usui, and then by the Seven Archangels of the Seven Rays. After this vision, the teachings in Higher Consciousness began. Apparently, my crown chakra was opened, and direct contact with the Ascended Masters has been possible ever since. My message to everyone is: this is possible for you to achieve as well, although getting there is not necessarily quick or easy. With a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Center at Houston, and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Texas Christian University, I perceive a unity in my readings in Eastern religions and in Biblical studies. As a result, I believe the original message of Jesus Christ was and is a call to Self-Realization, which may also be called following The Way (a term used in the book of Acts by very early "Christians," although they did not call themselves "Christians;" they called themselves Followers of the Way. The Way, or the Tao consists of the practice of peace and love in every moment, honoring the Divine Presence within ourselves as well as within others. The Way of early Christianity was a spiritual practice which similarly focused not on the material world, but on the practice of Divine Presence within the earthly realm. When we practice The Way, or The Tao, we become one with Divine Peace, Love, and even bliss. When we attain this, we experience the "Kingdom of God" or Reign of God, within ourselves, Nirvana or possibly Samadhi. Achieving this Way within each of ourselves is the only way we will be able to usher in the Reign of Divine presence among us all here on earth. The ultimate goal of The Way, and of Self-Realization, is the attainment of unity with the Divine Consciousness, or Buddha-Consciousness or Christ-Consciousness, within, and beyond our normal mortal mind. This Unity-Consciousness is eternal, but begins in the here and now. May it be so.
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One Response to New Year’s Theme: Perseverance in 2016

  1. Shanna says:

    It’s a great theme for 2016! Thanks for reminding me. I’m trying my best to persevere to the end of this thesis! 🙂


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