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Signs of Spirit

Signs of Spirit

Debra & Larry Redalia in 2005, when they started researching and writing about signs of spirit.

In 2005, we became aware that even though spirit is invisible to the eye, it’s characteristics can be observed in ourselves and others.

Signs of Spirit are evidence of the existence of the unseen spirit. They are characteristics that can be observed in ourselves and others. Once known and recognized as coming from spirit, we can choose to activate and cultivate them in ourselves, thus living as spirits in daily life.

We call these characteristics “signs of spirit” because they demonstrate the presence of spirit, just as a heartbeat and breathing our “signs of life” for the body.

We have been writing first-person short stories about our experiences observiing signs of spirit in ourselves and others and also about how we intentionally use these spirit abiities in our daily lives.

Our intent in sharing these stories is to make it more kown in the world that spirit exists and exists in each and every human being in addition to all of Life. Perhaps our stories will inspire you to find these signs of spirit in yourself and others.

 

I Am Continuous

As I write this it is mid-February. At this time of year here in Northern California we have what I call “intermittent weather.” I think I got this from an actual weather term “intermittent rain” which means the rain stops and starts repeatedly as opposed to a storm that starts and then stops. The word intermittent means in general simply stopping and starting at irregular intervals.

Anyway, we are in the midst of having intermittent weather, which is one day spring and the next day winter, as the seasons change from one to the next.

And that led me to write a post for our Lifely website on The Nature of Progress, noting that progress in any endeavor is intermittent like the progress of the changing seasons is intermittent.

Later that day I noticed that as I work on my websites, progress is intermittent. Some days things are easy and I work happily, other days are more difficult, with delays and problems.

Yesterday was a difficult day.

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A Message from the Dalai Lama

…I still had time to spare before my appointment and the shops had just opened, so I walked down the block to my local independent bookstore.

They always have a cart out front with sale books, and I always stop to look because I usually find something interesting and the prices are $5 – $10.

As I approached the cart, I saw a little book with a cover that had, in big letters, the words “DALAI LAMA.”

I picked it up and opened it, right to a page that said:

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Plenty of Time

Early summer of 1968. School was out for the year, so my time was now my own. I was fourteen years old and endless days of summer stretched before me.

I was riding my bicycle to Lake Nicasio, about twelve miles from my home, to enjoy a long day of fishing.

It was still early morning and there was very little traffic on the two-lane country road. The road there is wide and the weather was clear and dry.

I was riding my bike in the middle of the lane. The speed limit there was 50 miles per hour. I was going about fifteen miles per hour. I was bored and looking forward to catching some fish.

I heard a car approaching behind me. He honked, loudly. To me this meant “Get out of my way!” I moved over into the other lane to allow him to continue to drive in that lane. This created a problem as he had also moved his big car into the other lane to pass me.

His car was still going about 50 miles per hour when he sideswiped my bicycle.

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Picture Perfect

For some months I have been looking for a photographer to take new pictures of Larry and I for The Lifely Group websites. While constructing them I have just been using old pictures or photos taken by others on their cell phones, but I wasn’t happy with these photos. I wanted good photos that show how we are now in the present time, which show our personalities.

I had been looking with no success. Every once in awhile I would search local photographers but they were either too expensive or could not schedule me. I have spent a lot of money on professional photos before and was not happy with the results. This time I was looking for a simple photo studio where families would take their children for photos. I used to have photos taken in this type of studio, which used to be in every shopping mall, but I couldn’t find one.

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WalMart’s New Ad Campaign Sees A Spark in Every Customer

Larry and I were watching television the other night when suddenly a commercial for WalMart came on.

Usually we don’t watch the commercials, we just put the TV on mute until the show starts again, but Larry left the room for a moment and I forgot to click the mute button.

Suddenly I hear these words…

When we see you enter through our doors
We don’t see who you are against or for
whether tomorrow will be light or dark
What we see in you is a spark.

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A Peaceful Moment

A couple of weeks ago I had a dream in which I was riding a bicycle, alone, along a wide superhighway. There were no cars. The surrounding terrain was desert for as far as my eyes could see, with many large cactuses dotting the landscape. It was just before dawn. when the night sky overhead—still sprinkled with the last stars—yields to a rosy pink just before the first rays of light come up over the horizon. The air was absolutely still except for the disturbance my body created as I rode through the atmosphere, pumping the pedals steadily in time with an inner rhythm.

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Spirit or Sabotage?

After writing Moving Your Intentions Into Manifestations in the middle of the night, I woke up in the morning and told Larry what I had realized about doing what it takes to produce a result.

He immediately said, “Well, the flip side of this is you also have to NOT do the things that DON’T produce the result.”

And we both realized at the moment it was that which was our downfall.

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Moving Your Intentions Into Manifestations

Suddenly in the past few days I’ve become aware of looking at whether or not I am “doing what it takes” to get the results I want in life.

At first it just came to me as a realization, but then a few days later I actually read it in a book. To achieve your goal, whatever it is, you’ve got to do what it takes to get the result.

That was something I knew. I even had a sign up on my office wall next to my desk for a while that said, “Do the things that produce the result you want.” But that’s not quite the same as observing whether or not I actually did the things that produced the results that I wanted.

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Seeing With Closed Eyes

It was 2:00 in the morning on 2 July 2006. I was not sleeping. I was way too excited to sleep.

I had just bought an old Mercedes Benz diesel car that I could modify to run on vegetable oil. I had been looking for one for several months, and I was elated that the perfect response to my intention had finally occurred…

As a spirit, I was feeling extremely happy and exhilarated and free!

It was very late and I knew I needed to get some sleep if I was going to work tomorrow.

I laid my body down in bed and closed its eyes. Then, an amazing thing happened.

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The Signs of Spirit Project

We created The Signs of Spirit Project to identify and define the signs of spirit we can observe and to establish a nomenclature for the subject of spirit, written from a spirit viewpoint. We’re finding that some signs of spirit do not yet have English words and we are having to create some words to use in our writing.

Feel free to comment on and ask questions about these words and their definitions.

Click on the links below to learn more about each of the signs of spirit listed. You’ll find descriptions of each and links to stories that demonstrate each. We’ll be adding to this list weekly. Sign up for our newsletter (above) to be notified.

SIGNS OF SPIRIT
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JOHN MILTON

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