‘Living a Sacred Life’ Category

Living a God-Connected Life

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Someone recently told me that I have a gift for helping people experience God-connected moments.  I was happy to hear that as this is what I love to do.  I love to help people experience the joy, peace, clarity and profound love of God in as many moments as possible.  In fact, this is  my passion, my life’s calling.  Interestingly, I find myself hesitant to say this outright.  So today I wrote about this in my Journals with God and asked “What I am afraid of?” ”How I can do this better?”  Since I‘ve learned to have a direct conversation with God through my journals, I sat down with my questions to write. This is what I received:

Yes my love.  And you do have a sense of what this is.  It is the invitation to discover Me that is not clearly being offered.  I know that many people are turned off by the idea of or even the name, God.  But this is your name for Me and you teach the true definition of God that the ancient and enlightened teachers who understood the true nature of the Divine spoke of.  Even Jesus spoke of this God when you understand the truth.  This is what I am inviting you to teach and unlock.  You help people discover who God truly is – who they truly are and that they can talk to and hear the words of God – just like you do.  From here people can discover the truth within themselves and live the full and authentic lives they have come to live.  Diane, do not shy away from Me or My name.  You are afraid people won’t find you credible, yet they long for the connection you have with Me.  This is who needs you.  Once they find ME they can find joy and understanding in everything and know what they are called to do from a whole new level of consciousness.

It is really about helping people live a God-connected life?

Yes it is.  It is about finding the real God.  The God of pure love and joy and acceptance.  This is this God that wants to come alive on this earth through everyone.  The God of judgment and fear has a lot of followers – yet that is the lie and the liar.  So it is the invitation for people to discover this other God and bring Me forth.

Diane, I am asking you to be direct with your invitation and your language.  You are inviting people to discover and know ME.  To find Me within themselves and with this discovery. To channel the power of the Universe through them, helping to realize their dreams and heal the world.  I have given you the teachings and tools to help people to find Me and transform their lives.

Make the invitation clear.  There is nothing more important and profound.  Don’t beat around the bush.  Don’t try to water down your invitation for those who are not ready to accept Me, who aren’t looking for Me.  You help people who are looking for God to find Me.  It is that simple.

Love, God.

How Do You Define Exraordinary Success?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

I continue to evaluate how I can communicate what I do more effectively to help people decide if my work is a good fit for them.  One of the fundamental rules of marketing is to describe what you do as a benefit to your market. The other is to focus on a niche.

I did that in my computer business.  I became an expert in auto body collision management software industry over my 18 year career (talk about a niche) where I helped small auto body shops save time and money running their business.  In that niche I gained skills and experience in sales and marketing, product management and a gazillion other things you learn through business ownership, courting investors and being acquired.  What I learned was it was good to niche, but it is better to do what you love with a niche that you are passionate about.

So after leaving a life of focusing on making money for me through saving money for my customers, I went into the world of service and environmental causes. I do know money is important, but I now know you can focus on both: doing things that improve our communities and our planet and being supported financially.  But even doing that, it is only truly successful when we include doing what we love.

From this I have gotten even clearer about describing who I work with and what they achieve:

I work with entrepreneurs who want to share their greatest gifts to make the world a better place, and help them achieve extraordinary success while they’re at it.

What is Extraordinary Success?

Definition of Extraordinary (websters)

a : going beyond what is usual, regular, or customary <extraordinary powers>
: exceptional to a very marked extent <extraordinary beauty>

Both of these definitions apply as I feel that extraordinary success is about stepping into something greater than what is easy and usual.  It’s easy to just follow the crowd, get a job, show up and do what you are told.  I know when I live in this way I may feel safe or content, but I don’t feel inspired.  It is about stepping into the unknown, tapping into the greater power we have within us and to experience the excitement of discovering our greater potential.

Definition of suc·cess  (Dictionary.com)
1.the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
2.the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
3. a successful performance or achievement: The play was an instant success.
4. a person or thing that is successful: She was a great success on the talk show.

There are many ways to look at success and I believe that our thoughts about success can actually define our experience of it.  I know many people who look at those who have attained wealth, position, or honors, with disdain as they judge it as bad for a myriad of reasons.  Some people think of those who have achieved success with their book or art as “lucky” and look at them with jealousy.  To some people success is a bad thing.  And I believe that those who have negative beliefs about success, struggle with their own “success” and maybe happiness.

I think the question about how we feel about success is comes through how we define success.  I used to define success through the achievement of my goal of selling my business and making a lot of money.  Now I define success much more broadly because for me success is defined as a way of living.

I define success as doing what I want to be doing most of the time, being healthy, having time for myself (God), my family and friends, and working on and completing projects that stretch me both creatively (spiritually), physically, and mentally.  I define success as knowing what and who I am and feeling at peace with that.  I define success as getting to offer my greatest gifts to lots of people and receiving compensation for the value they receive.

I define extraordinary success as the experience of living in a beautiful place that nurtures my heart, co-creating with the universe, manifesting miracles, having things turn out even better than I ever expected, meeting amazing and inspiring people, serving others, loving everyone, and being present with and in awe of this incredible life.

How do you define extraordinary success?

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Sword of Love

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

About 7 years ago I was out on my bike enjoying the scenery (which is where I have many of my conversations with God and others spiritual beings) when I heard a voice that I knew as the Christ Consciousness.  The voice said;  “Put down your sword.  When you hold up your sword to get what you want, you may get compliance, but you only gain distain, distrust, and fear.  It also perpetuates conflict, dishonesty and separation.  Instead, hold your sword with the blade down and stand in your true power – the power of Love.  As you engage with others say ‘I will love you no matter what’.   This is how you will elicit cooperation and communion, and heal the wounds of the past.  This is where you will experience the joy of the oneness that you are.”

As I received this message I realized that I did believe that I had to hold up a sword (energetically fight) to get what I wanted.  I could see that this the normal way that I and so many other people interacted in our society.  And I could see the image of the sword as shaming, blaming, criticizing, anger, dishonesty and fear.  As I questioned how to do this without giving everything away, I got the message that it was not about to rolling over and allowing others to take advantage of me, but for me to hold the sword as my power and the symbol of my unwavering commitment to Truth and Love.

I saw this image as the reminder to “Put down my Sword”.

Over the years I have had to continue to heal myself so I could stand up and hold the Sword of Love.  Sometimes I stand shaking and sometimes I stand strong.  But I have also seen the change in how others respond to me.  I now know that it is only through love that anything of value is created.

Right now I feel we all need to shift from our fearful (conflicted) interactions and consciously choose to stand with the Sword of Love even if it feels difficult.   I believe that each of us must do this to heal the pain of the past and find peace together now.

2-28-12 LSL Recording Divine Realization

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Here is the Recording for the 2-28-12 Living a Sacred Life Teleclass

2-15-12 LSL Teleclass – Reality Fields

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Living a Sacred Life Teleclass Recording

Reality Fields.

2-6-12LSL Recording 7 Hermetic Laws

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Living a Sacred Life Class Recording.

LSL Class Recording 1-31-12 Divine Patience

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Divine Patience

Divine Patience is a state of being.  It can also be thought of as Divine Trust.  It is somewhat related to time.  Once you remember to do Step 1 – Connect to Source and then experience Divine Realization, you can then be in the place of Divine Patience.  This place is also called presence and it is a place of inner quiet yet being Alert.  The path to this is though a practice that quiets the mind and opens the heart’s knowing to what is needed now.  And it is in the place of patience that you will be given what you need to know when you need to know it.

Love, God

Do You Live in a Box?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Do You Live in a Box?

How many times do you say to yourself and others, “that’s how I am”?. Or, how often do you think or say, “that’s how he/she is”?  It seems like we want to spend as little time as possible learning about someone or something (or our selves) and then not have to think about it any more. So we try to put everything and everyone one in the mental category of “I already know about him/her/it”. But when we think we know about something, we put it in a box. So we put our selves in a box, put on the lid, and shut it tight. We don’t allow for it or our perception about it to change.

I am watching a child grow up and am amazed at how many times I hear his mother say: “He won’t like that, or he won’t do that because that is how he is.” Well, I know there are things that mothers just “know”, but I also think that we want to know because it gives us a sense of safety. It is in our box of what we can expect and don’t have to think about any more. But, this also puts the other in a box of not encouraging or allowing growth.

The truth is we are all able to grow and change in every moment and if we decide that we don’t live in our box of what we “know” or how we’ve been, then we can be free to act or respond in new and different ways every day. It starts with being willing to step out of our box even when everyone else in our life is expecting us to live in that box so they can feel safe. And this may be the scariest thing that you do for yourself and the world.

1-24-12 LSL Class Recording – Forgiveness

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

This is the class Recording from 1-24-12.  It is on Forgiveness.

Here is the Channeled Writing for the Class from my Journals with God that I also read on the recording.

Tonight I invite you to join me in the place of knowing the perfection in everything.  And when you understand that everything is perfect, then it is easy to accept what is.  When we accept what is, then peace is experienced.  It is in the mind where the delusion is created. A judgement is made – a resistance to what is, is put in place, then pain is introduced.  This is all within the mind and body.  The pain comes from the resistance.

There is a tool that can release you from your resistance and re-align you with acceptance, and that tool is forgiveness.  Forgiveness is a process of remembering, reframing, and releasing.  The negative energy that is held with a judging thought is poisoness only to you.  (I am now thinking – what about bad things that happen to us?) You are asking about the “bad” things.  The things in life that are harmful require healing.  These things, actions, events, must be regarded with discernment – not judgement.  You are being asked to respond, not react; heal, not hate; accept, not resent.  And if you have found yourself having judged then you can release yourself from your own prison through the process of forgiveness.

Love, God

LSL Recording 1-17-12 Agreements

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Living a Sacred Life teleclass on 1-17-12 on Agreements

Here is the writing for the class from my Journals with God:

Agreements are the beautiful way that you co-create with others and the universe.  It is the yes and the no.  It is it the right or the left and it is the other who responds with agreement or disagreement.  Disagreement is beautiful as well and the power of it is most available when spoken.  Then the process of learning and consieration can take place.  The point that life breaks down is when resistance to disagreement shows up or agreement that is not from the heart is made, and resolution and ultimate agreement is thwarted.

Now look at your own level of agreement with you what you have chosen in your life.  What have you said yes to?  What does your heart want to say to you?  What is truly in alignment with your heart and what is not?

This is the great question.  Today I invite you to look at at least one agreement you have made and take it deeper.  Pick one with some energy and see what is there.  This is where the truth within you lives.

Love, God.

LSL Class 1-10-12 The Parasite, Pain Body, and Ego (Fear-based Self)

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

This is the Journal entry for today for the Living a Sacred Life Class.

The pain body, parasite and ego (the fear-based part of the ego), is part of what is created in the life form (body) in the material world. It is an identity and a powerful energy that is created and reinforced by the others in your world who are also living from the fear-based perspective. When you believe that the world is dangerous, you will be afraid. And this fear creates an energy body within you that is powerful.

Fear is the true culprit and it is moving beyond fear that is needed to heal this fear-based being. This is the first step in awakening and stepping into soul consciousness. We all feel the pull of the pain body. It is the sense of fear that has no story, until you give it one. You believe that there must be a story and then you begin to look at all the problems and things that aren’t going how you want them, and justify this feeling, this existence.

The learning now is to know that you can choose. It is to know that there is another perspective and another aspect of consciousness that you can step into and heal the pain body. This is not obliterating the ego – the part of you that is needed to operate on earth. But it is taking control from the ego and giving it to the soul.
This process begins when you are so tired of being in pain that you will do anything, including die to be free. But what you need to die to is the past. You need to die to the fear and beliefs that support the fear.

So, it is a two part healing. One part is to release the energy of the pain body by truly facing it – without any stories until you realize that is it not the truth. The next part is to face every belief you have that is negative, fearful, and painful then re-frame and transmute them into the truth of love and possibility.

This is the process of awakening. This is what is needed to move to the next level. This work is done within meditation and intentional connection with Me. And it is miraculous.
Trust this.
Love, God.

LSL class recording 12-13-11 Journaling

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Here is the podcast for the Journaling Class.  The Journey to the Soul Workbook is the suggested Reading.

There Are No Secrets

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

There Are No Secrets
By Diane Dandeneau, December 15, 2011

God does not keep secrets.  People do.

I find myself taken aback when I hear people use the term “secret” to describe their teaching or gift.  It seems to prey on the fears that there must be something that I want, that I need to know, that is being kept from me.  Wanting what I don’t have, leads to me wanting what you have.

I see this used to sell books, workshops, and movies.  Many of the marketing gurus are teaching that using this compelling idea is the way to “sell” expert or spiritual programs.

But, there are no secrets.  There are only distortions.  And this is the opportunity for people to step into their own truth to discern what is authentic and true.

I have been lured into wanting to learn what the “secret” is.  But what I find over and over again is that it is something I already know or maybe a new way of seeing something.  Sometimes the teachings are powerful and inspiring, and other times they are hollow and sensationalized and are just used to sell their product or service.  But mostly, I feel conned and disappointed that the author – teacher – producer felt compelled to use the ploy that they know some secret that they are letting me in on.

I am inviting those who want to live a conscious life, to step into their integrity and say it like it is.  We aren’t sharing any secrets.  You may be sharing your learning, perspective, new understanding, or message.  But, please stop playing the same unconscious game that is being played in the insane world.  They are better at it anyway (check out any car commercial).  The truth is, secrets can be fun for humans to play with, but God does not keep secrets.

What I am offering in my work are the gifts I have been given as I remember who I am and who we are.   On the deepest level, you know it all.  I am just helping you to remember.


Diane Dandeneau

Where is Your Focus: Inside or Outside?

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Where is Your Focus:  Inside or Outside?
By Diane Dandeneau
December 11, 2011

I find it interesting that I am seeing similar patterns in the people I am currently associating with in my work and life.  Most of the people I am close to are working with or have some sense of spirituality in their life.  Many people are aware of the Law of Attraction and the benefit of meditation.  Many people understand the mind/body/spirit connection.  But what I am seeing is continuing patterns of using spirituality as the means to get what is wanted on the physical plain – thus using the inside to keep the focus on the outside.

I can see the cycles in my life being mirrored in others.  As things in my life would not be going so well, I would go within, connect to source, find the clarity, power and vision, then focus on the outer physical world and create great things.  I would be happy and feel good.  I would then get too busy to continue to connect, so over time, the visions get stale and things stop working so well.  Each time I would do this, the pain and disillusionment of the fall would be greater and the external conditions would get worse.  My faith in spirituality would dim as I felt it had failed me.

But, the disillusionment is the gift of awakening, and the continued focus on the external being the barometer for my happiness was the failure.  There was a time that I finally got the fact that the internal connection and my relationship with the divine was the point of everything.  And once this was the focus, the external became a reflection of that.  Even when things did not appear to me to be going well, I knew that I had to trust and focus on my part in everything.  I am now able to stay in a place of peace with what is, as I listen and do what I am called to do.  And ultimately, the divine unfolding of what is for the greatest good is revealed.

Levels of Consciousness

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Levels of Consciousness
Journals with God, 12/9/2011 by Diane Dandeneau

You all have many levels of consciousness, and your awareness of them continues to grow and evolve.  The first part of this teaching provides the knowledge that these levels exist.  When you are born, you are connected to your soul level of consciousness, but you are not able to integrate it into your mind, since that part of you is just beginning to form.  As you become more immersed into earth consciousness, you are taught not to remember and integrate your soul wisdom; so it fades.

This has been normal and part of the complete plan of evolution on the planet.  Some children, who are starting to remember, are leaders in the next phase of evolution.  Currently, it is people who are feeling the pain of disconnection and don’t know what it is who are awakening to the desire to connect and live from the soul level. As you first remember that there are levels, you begin to recognize them.

The lowest levels are 100% earth-based physical awareness.  A person on this level lives as the victim of circumstances with the predominant energies being fear-based.  Emotions and a sense of well-being are completely conditional on external forces, where the individual holds very little personal power.  This is a very common place for most of society, and the education system teaches people how to function in this level.

The next level is the dominator/judge level.  This is the place where awareness of personal power is attained.  The person has a desire to move out of the victim level and moves into being the dominator and judge, where there is the added energy of resistance and anger.  The underlying motivation is still fear.  Mastery on the earth plane may be achieved by some, which reduces the pain as external comforts and goals are attained.

A truly peaceful state is not possible, however, since it still is a disconnected state of being.  These lower levels are also where religions fill the false role of providing spiritual fulfillment.  There is a feeling that the person is doing what is right, but it is still an external pursuit.  It is about moral structure instead of true spiritual experience.

The next level is disillusionment.  It is the place of knowing that the first and second levels don’t provide true happiness, fulfillment and peace, but you aren’t yet consciously connected to your soul.  This is the place for facing all the stories, beliefs, and structures of society built on level one and two and the place of final realization that there is another choice.  In fact, this is the place where you become aware that you can’t go back.  This is the first awakening.

At this point, you step into the level of seeker/finder.  You begin to experience your body’s energy in a different way.  You are starting to disengage mentally from the dramas of your life and are becoming more aware of what is true for you.  You begin to feel an inner peace without any external reference.  You are now connecting to your soul consciousness on deeper levels.  You can see the different levels of consciousness and can choose where you want to be.  You more easily connect to Source through your soul and are now beginning to create at this level.

The final level is that of the soul-realized being. When you reach this point, you live here all the time.  True mastery at this level is rare, but when you hold the intent to live here with complete compassion for yourself, the beauty expressed in your life is divine.  It is here where complete surrender to Source and soul is lived every day and where all the attitudes of the victim, dominator and judge are transmuted to love, joy and peace.  Compassion is a way of being, and everyone in this place of consciousness is a healer.

Each of these levels has many facets of “work” to forgive, release and accept.  The final phase requires dying to your old self in order to re-emerge as your new self.  This step is taken at the appropriate time and requires an external shift in this process.  Then it will be up to you to bring your new world back to the old world in order to transform the old world.  This is how it is done.  This is how heaven is brought to earth.