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Traveling with Spirit
by Cathy Pfeil

I am beginning to notice a particular airplane theme emerging in my recent work. That is probably because I am spending so much time on the road teaching these days. On a recent trip down to California I arrived at the San Francisco airport late in the morning and had missed my small commuter plane connection. I was told that because of overbooking it was highly unlikely that a stand-by seat would be available that day. They issued me tickets flying me to another location back up the coast and then on from there to my final destination. This would have delayed my arrival until late in the evening. After being on a plane since 6 a.m. additional flying up and down the coast several times was not high on my list of fun ways to spend the day.

I asked the ticket agent to put me on stand by anyway, just in case I could get on the plane. I went to work immediately. I sat facing the doorway that would lead me out to board the plane. I centered myself. I know there is one divine force at work in the Universe. I waited until that truth resonated through me. I am part of that force, part of spirit manifesting in this body and this experience. I aligned myself with that truth and felt it deep inside. I am grateful for boarding the next commuter plane and arriving at my destination. I felt what it was like to hear my name being called to board the plane. I felt myself pick up my bags and hurry up to the line. I heard the ticket agent say, “You got on the plane!” I imagined the wind hit my face as I walked across the tarmac to board and climbing the steps up into the small plane. I imagined sitting down and facing my seatbelt. I imagined the take of, the flight and the landing. I imagined my friends greeting me at my destination and what that would feel like to receive their hugs. I moved into this experience until it was so real I could smell the smells and be totally in the experience.

I now give thanks for this experience and release it as in completion and done. I continued to repeat this process until the moment came that the plane was boarding. My name was called. I stood up and grabbed my bags, just as I had envisioned. The ticket agent said, “I don’t know how this happened, but you are on this flight.”

Ernest Holmes, founder of the Science of Mind, created an affirmation process that truly is the science of prayer. I utilized this tool in creating myself aboard the plane. My partner and I are the directors for the Pacific Northwest Science of Mind teen camp program. The teens have taught me to keep prayer simple and in my own language. Said in a simple and direct way, this prayer treatment work breaks down into 5 stages: Realize, Unify, Recognize, Thanks, and Goodbye.

I know there is one divine force at work in the Universe. (Realizing)

I am part of that force, part of spirit manifesting in this body and this experience. (Unifying myself within that divine truth)

I am grateful for boarding the next commuter plane and arriving at my destination. (Recognize my truth in present time and done)

I now give thanks for this experience and release it as in completion and done. (Thanks and Goodbye, releasing my words, knowing that as I speak my word it is so)

I boarded the plane and again moved into a place of gratitude and thanksgiving that I am present enough within myself to be able, in the middle of turmoil or airports, to center myself and move into a quiet space of inner knowing. I am also grateful that wonderful teachers have come into my life and equipped me with spiritual tools. I am supported, loved and one with the Universal flow.

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