Grateful Heart Monday

Welcome to another Grateful Heart Monday, the day I write about one piece of gratitude from my life to start my week off with, which for today is for a beautiful spiritual teacher who I know likes to remain anonymous, so I will refer to her as “M”.

Well over a decade ago now, I was initially brought into the life of “M”, a gifted Native American Shaman, when I became aware that I had some dark energy attached to me that I couldn’t seem to shake on my own. “M” helped to fully remove that energy from me and also provided some great spiritual guidance to assist me in moving forward on my spiritual journey. Unfortunately, I wasn’t totally ready for her help and instead, I chose to move backwards and descended deeper into low vibrational behaviors, i.e. addictions.

Over the next seven years that were to follow, “M” never gave up on me and told me she was always just a phone call away if I was to ever need any help. And she was, as anytime I was in what I like to call a crisis mode, I’d contact her for some sort of support. And anytime we connected, I received just that. On some level, she became the mother I never had, an incredible nurturer who knew exactly what to say to help me out of my doldrums.

Thankfully, in the spring of 2012, I finally became 100% willing to move out of all the low vibrational energies and addictions I had been keeping myself imprisoned in for so long and asked her if she’d be open to becoming my full-time spiritual teacher. I was more than grateful when she said she would and it was from that point forward that the biggest spiritual shift in my life would begin. From then on, “M” never charged me a single dime for any of her help, EVER! And the gratitude I have for the many ways she provided all that free help is countless.

Here are just some of those ways that I have a deep level of gratitude every time I think of “M”:

  1. During the first two years, “M” made herself available three times a week for check-in phone calls that lasted anywhere from 1 to 2 hours of time. And during the second two years, as I spiritually grew, we still spoke at least two times a week for similar lengths.
  2. “M” did routine energy work on me to help clear the many energy imbalances I had within during our time together.
  3. “M” sent me a number of holistic remedies to provide healing for various ailments that arose during our time together.
  4. On one occasion, “M” travelled several hundred miles just to see me and spend an evening where we had dinner and where she did some hands-on healing work to clear some of the blockages I had at the time.
  5. During another trip where her only purpose was to help an ailing member of her family, “M” still took time out of her busy schedule to meet with me and do some hands-on healing work.
  6. Whenever I needed a shoulder to cry on and was facing any of my terrible days of pain and anguish, “M” was always there to provide me reassurance and comfort.
  7. “M” taught me to see the good in me when I couldn’t see it for myself and also helped me to learn how to nurture myself.
  8. “M” always seemed to know just where I needed to place the bulk of my spiritual work in and had the insight to guide me in the right direction time and time again.
  9. “M” even provided help to my sister and my partner when they were in need of some specific guidance.
  10. And most importantly, “M” never gave up on me, even when so many others did and even when I wanted to as well.

These are just some of the many reasons why I have to be grateful for “M”. Two years ago, though, my work with “M” moved in a new direction and was one that my ego wasn’t ready to face. She asked me to become my own spiritual teacher and to learn how to balance my own medicine wheel. In other words, it was time for mother bird to push her fledging out of the nest. And while initially, I begged and pleaded with her to reconsider this change, I realized as the months would pass without our direct contact, that it was exactly what was needed because I had become codependent on her to heal me.

Two years later, I am presently standing on my two feet now, being supported as best as can be with the guidance of my Higher Power. It’s difficult, believe me, more than I would like to admit on far too many of days. There are plenty of moments where I truly miss “M” and her friendship, her guidance, her love, her comfort, and her reassurance. But, I know that I must finish this on my own, with the aid of my Higher Guidance and my Inner Guidance and when this chapter is complete, I’m confident the Universe will bring us back together in some way.

For now, though, I am more than grateful, exceptionally grateful at that, for all the lessons, unconditional love, and acts of kindness that “M” brought into my life, as each have helped me to become who I am rapidly becoming, more and more with each passing day. I know the Universe brought “M” into my life for four solid years to be an exceptional spiritual teacher and guide, solely to propel me to become one day the teacher I believe I’m meant to become.

So, thank you “M” for all that you’ve done and for all that you continue to do, I’m truly grateful.

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

Why Don’t Uplifting And Spiritual-Based TV Shows Last Very Long On The Air These Days?

Why don’t uplifting and spiritual-based TV shows last very long on the air these days? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself ever since another one of them got cancelled recently that I was loyally following and is now on the dead pile of many others I watched in years prior.

The show was “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World” on ABC and I was extremely disappointed when I learned it got cancelled because it was one of those that truly could make a person feel better by the end of each and every episode. Several times in fact, I found myself feeling tears of joy drop from my eyes while watching it and that’s a rare thing indeed in my life as of late.

Nevertheless, shows like this usually don’t make it past their first season and if somehow they do, they rarely make it beyond subsequent ones. I’ve seen this happen time and time again with many other inspiring shows in years past like “Eli Stone”, “Joan of Arcadia”, “Tru Calling”, “Early Edition”, and “Wonderfalls”. Each attempted to draw in audiences through spiritual elements that tended to deal with the nature of God, yet none ever garnered enough Nielsen ratings to keep them on the air for very long.

Instead, people seem far more interested in content during the past decade that only mimics everything one could see in the news.  In other words, the majority of television has mostly focused on reality shows or content that was centered around crime, violence, bloodshed, adultery, deception, murder, war, raciness, and well you get the point.

Yet, there are people just like me who keep clamoring for more uplifting and spiritual-based shows that people of all ages could enjoy. Shows that teach good values and positive principles. Honestly, I miss those years when I was growing up when the majority of programming on the air was more about that than bloodshed and sex.

But television tends to mirror where our culture is at in any given point in history and thus right now it’s far more common to see shows focusing on violent and edgy content, rather than shows focusing on something like a guy named Kevin who’s tasked by God to help find the remaining righteous souls on the planet to help save it from becoming a faithless society.

Regardless, I truly miss those days when I was growing up where more spiritual shows like this were on the air including “Touched By An Angel” and “Highway To Heaven” or even those good-natured and positive-message-filled shows like “The Facts Of Life”, “Silver Spoon”, “Different Strokes”, “Three’s Company”, “Happy Days”, “The Love Boat”, “Fantasy Island”, and more. I remember content back then being far less violent and racy, and I learned a lot about the spiritual principles I now try to live by today because of many of them.

So, as I ponder the loss of yet another spiritual-minded and positive-feeling television show like “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World”, I’ve come to the acceptance that this trend is only going to continue so long as people keep tuning into shows that mimic the negative actions of our current society. Hopefully one day, programming will become a lot more uplifting and spiritual-based and will merely reflect a better society that we all are finally living in…

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson