Hi! I'm Kath, and I love the topics of self help and personal development, and so I decided to create this blog on topics I enjoy and find helpful.

In addition, I have discovered that I absolutely love reading aloud from some classic new thought books, along with a variety of affirmations and stuff that inspires me (even some music!).

You'll find this work embedded in posts here, and also at my YouTube channel where I'm known as "MountainOceanKath." 🙂

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Life Visioning Mastery: Michael Bernard Beckwith

I was just reminded of the Life Visioning Mastery quest offered as one of the fabulous Mindvalley courses, and led by the Reverend Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith (founder of Agape International Spiritual Center). Sitting here at the computer, I opened up my day’s emails, and saw a compelling email from Vishen Lakhiani, the founder of Mindvalley.(*This intro was written in 2018. Please see 2024 update below) Before I get into the details, here’s a quick look at what’s in this article:

Mindvalley and Life Visioning Mastery

In the email, Vishen talks about a podcast about finding our life’s vision – basically, HOW to find our life vision. Vishen offers what I believe are some of the best self-development programs in the world (I group it right alongside Joe Dispenza’s transformative books and meditations, in which I am deeply immersed as well).

I’m pretty sure that in another article here at the site, I mention that if I could work with only ONE group for a career, it would be with Vishen Lakhiani’s Mindvalley. Now, he’s a guy who has taken “life visioning” to a whole new level!

Mindvalley courses are extremely well-known for their world class quality, and the company itself is an exemplary model of what customer service should be – no matter what the business is.

Anyway, enough about Mindvalley in general. Let’s talk about Dr. Beckwith’s course.Life Visioning Mastery with Michael Beckwith

Michael Bernard Beckwith’s Quest at Mindvalley

Anyway, all this got me thinking about Dr. Beckwith and his tireless work in helping others do this very thing with finding our life’s vision! In fact, his intuitive Life Visioning Process is now a MindValley Masterclass.

(NOTE – June 2024: As of this update (and since I originally wrote this post in 2018), Mindvalley has updated their platfrom, as well as some of the lingo. Instead of having to purchase individual programs for hundreds of dollars, the Mindvalley model is now that of an annual membership, with “classes” and “courses” now termed as “quests.” I’m making the updates as quickly as I can! It’s a wonderful central platform for all areas of our lives now, and I became a paid member last year (in the summer of 2023). I think you will love it!

Life Vision Mastery with Michael Bernard Beckwith at Mindvalley

The Basics of the Program

If you’ve never heard him speak, Dr. Beckwith has a gentle, yet powerful and unique “presence” and method of delivery that has helped a LOT of people realize that not only do they HAVE a divine purpose in this life, but WHAT that purpose is.

Meditation and “Affirmative Prayer”
  • He guides participants in guided meditation so that you aren’t left guessing, “What am I supposed to DO?” He also guides “affirmative prayer” with the intention of helping us to accept ourselves, and to love ourselves so that we will be able to move forward.
From “Thinking” to “Knowing”
  • Dr. Beckwith’s process also helps us to shift from incessant “thinking” to a more intuitive state of mind – “knowing.”
The “Friendly Universe”
  •  Using the premise that we are part of a “friendly universe,” we learn to understand that obstacles and “stuff” that happens are opportunities for us to use for our greater good.
Stages of Spiritual Development and “Life Structures”
  • He talks about the various stages of spiritual development, as well as how to know what stages we are in (which helps clarify a lot about where we are in our lives), and then he teaches us about how to improve our individual experience by addressing the various structures (“Eight Life Structures”) in our lives through meditation.

Agape International Spiritual Center

He practices what he preaches – and if you need proof of this, look no further than what he has created with Agape International Spiritual Center! Since 1986 the Center has been almost a phenomena in its own right, embracing what Dr. Beckwith terms “New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality.” And where some might consider Agape “non-denominational,” Dr. Beckwith calls it “a trans-denominational movement and community.”

Everywhere you go on his website, you see mention of “visioning.” Agape itself was a product of “visioning.” The spiritual principles and practices you see at his center are the very basis for what Dr. Beckwith teaches in the Life Visioning course. I hope you’ll spend some time on the Agape site to see for yourself the kind of human being is teaching this class.

Also, you will get a true glimpse into his process!

Michael Beckwith – The Secret and Beyond

Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith hit my radar in 2006, when I first saw The Secret, that “teaser” film about the Law of Attraction that featured a number of New Thought teachers and practitioners. I say “teaser” because it really did just “tease” me into learning as much as I could about the Law of Attraction in general, and New Thought more specifically.

As of June 2024, it’s been well over 12 18 years (WOW!) since I first saw The Secret, and was introduced to Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, yet my initial impression of him remains solid. If anything, my respect for him has grown enormously. He passion for teaching people that the Universe IS friendly, and that we all have a divine nature is hard to resist.

Why I admire Dr. Beckwith

There are many reasons I admire Dr. Beckwith so much. Almost every single word out of his mouth is in alignment with my own beliefs. It’s no secret that I love New Thought teachings, and am a fan of Dr. Ernest Holmes. Well, in 1985, Michael Bernard Beckwith graduated from the Ernest Holmes College School of Ministry, and he then became a Center for Spiritual Living minister (it used to be known as the United Church of Religious Science).

Shortly thereafter, there appears to have been a somewhat hurtful incident that blocked the way for him to have possibly become a senior minister of a certain church or other spiritual community. In the book I read, he didn’t go into great detail about it; however, it was clearly a time of great change.

And, beginning at a point where he “surrendered” the wondrous process that you are going to learn was born! It was during that and the following year that Dr. Beckwith used his visioning methods and meditation practices that helped pave the way for the manifestation of Agape International Spiritual Center!

Life Visioning Mastery Quest

The actual quest will take you through a total of 7.9 hours in your training over the course of 35 days (or more, if you want to move ahead more quickly) where everything is broken down into 15-20 minute sessions. It includes steps and methods to help you unlock what your OWN gifts are, and to help you discover your potential. If you’ve read through some of my articles here on the site, it won’t come as a surprise to you to understand why I’m so delighted that Dr. Beckwith includes teachings about your subconscious mind! Learn more about the Life Visioning Mastery quest here.

Do I have to be a member or follower of Agape?

No, you do not have to be a follower of Agape – nor do you need to follow ANY spiritual practice to discover your own purpose and vision for your life.

Frankly, any teacher who claims that he or she can only help you if you join a particular movement or center is one I would personally avoid.

Official Introductory Video to the Life Visioning Matery quest:


Try Michael Beckwith’s Life Visioning Mastery Quest in Mindvalley

All you have to do is be willing to try Dr. Beckwith’s methods. One of the things about Mindvalley, is that they have a stellar satisfaction guarantee. If you decide to try out the membership, go ahead and join – then start the quest of your choice, and if you try it and don’t like it, you have 15 days to request a refund. Learn more at the Mindvalley membership page here.

Mindvalley offers a 15 day, risk free membership.

This is the 15 Day Risk Free membership statement on the Mindvalley membership page!

Anyway, have a look at this particular quest. You have absolutely NOTHING to lose! You’re obviously here because you’re looking for a way to figure out your own life’s purpose and vision. I don’t know anyone I’d rather have teach me this than the Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith!

Enjoy the ride!

Bonus Treat! A 30 minute Guided Meditation with Michael Beckwith!

Anyway, I just added this wonderful, 30-minute guided Life Visioning Process meditation, led by Dr. Beckwith, right here for you. This way you will get a better feel for his delivery (along with an opportunity to experience his way of speaking). This post continues below the video:

The Presence by Emmet Fox PDF and Full Audio Book with Text

Hi everyone! Today, I share with you a classic prayer / affirmation by Emmet Fox: The Presence. I have lots of new projects in the works for upcoming videos of more audio books!

A Simple yet Profound Prayer

But for today, I was moved to record The Presence since it seemed so simple, yet profound as I read through it. Simply put, this short prayer emphasizes the omniscience and omnipresence of God in and through everything we are, and everything we do.

It’s a wonderful daily prayer that never ceases to set my day on the right course!

I also read “The Golden Key” by Emmet Fox a while back, which you can see and listen to here at YouTube: The Golden Key by Emmet Fox Full Audiobook and Text

Emmet Fox (1886 – 1951) was an early New Thought leader, writer, and Divine Science minister. There are numerous websites and pages dedicated to him and his work.

To learn more about Emmet Fox, here is a good starting point: https://www.truthunity.net/courses/mark-hicks/background-of-new-thought/emmet-fox

Here is the video where I read the prayer (including the text for you to read along). And below the video is the full text of the prayer, along with a free PDF of the text for you to enjoy if you like:

The Presence” Full Text:

The Presence by Emmet Fox    

God is the only Presence and the only Power.  God is fully present here with me, now.  God is the only real Presence – all the rest is but shadow. 

     God is perfect Good, and God is the cause only of perfect Good.  God never sends sickness, trouble, accident, temptation, nor death itself; nor does He authorize these things.  We bring them upon ourselves by our own wrong thinking.  God, Good, can cause only good.  The same fountain cannot send forth both sweet and bitter water.

     I am Divine Spirit.  I am the child of God.  In God I live and move and have my being; so I have no fear.  I am surrounded by the Peace of God and all is well.

     I am not afraid of people; I am not afraid of things; I am not afraid of circumstances; I am not afraid of myself; for God is with me.  The Peace of God fills my soul, and I have no fear.  I dwell in the Presence of God, and no fear can touch me. 

     I am not afraid of the past; I am not afraid of the present; I am not afraid for the future; for God is with me.  The Eternal God is my dwelling place and underneath are the ever-lasting arms.  Nothing can ever touch me but the direct action of God Himself, and God is Love.

     God is Life; I understand that and I express it.

     God is Truth; I understand that and I express it.

     God is Divine Love; I understand that and I express it.

     I send out thoughts of love and peace and healing to the whole universe:  to all trees and plants and growing things, to all beasts and birds and fishes, and to every man, woman and child on earth, without any distinction. 

     If anyone has ever injured me or done me any kind of harm, I fully and freely forgive him now, and the thing is done with forever.  I loose him and let him go.  I am free and he is free. 

     If there is any burden of resentment in me I cast it upon the Christ within, and I go free.

     God is Infinite Wisdom, and that Wisdom is mine.  That Wisdom leads and guides me; so I shall not make mistakes.  Christ in me is a lamp unto my feet.  God is Infinite Life, and that Life is my supply; so I shall want for nothing. 

     God created me and He sustains me.  Divine Love has foreseen everything, and provided for everything.  One Mind, One Power, One Principle.  One God, One Law, One Element.  Closer is He than breathing, nearer than hands and feet.

     I am Divine Spirit, the Child of God, and in the presence of God I dwell forever.  I thank God for Perfect Harmony.

The Presence” by Emmet Fox, PDF:

The Presence by Emmet Fox – Free PDF from Kathy Tremblay

To DOWNLOAD your copy of “The Presence” see below:

The Subconscious Speaks – a 1932 Classic!

The Sub-Conscious Speaks Paul C Ferrell 1932 Audiobook and PDF

Hi everyone! I'm delighted to present a new (and FREE) resource for you: The Subconscious Speaks PDF created from the original 1932 edition, attributed to Paul C. Ferrell (and a little later, Erna Ferrell Grabe). I have dedicated a page here at CASEDGE.com to this download. 

A little background: In recent months, I've had numerous requests to read certain classic new-thought books aloud on my YouTube channel. 

Somehow, I came upon this little relatively unknown gem, "The Sub-Conscious Speaks" (a number of individuals call it "The Subconscious Speaks;" however, the actual book hyphenates it as "Sub-Conscious").

I read the book, and knew I needed to read it aloud and share with my audience! It's a wonderful book!

Because my husband is a rare book dealer (and I am now as well, through osmosis and spending 25+ years with him!) we happened upon an actual, scarce, and somewhat fragile first edition of the book. This is the text I used in my audiobook.

In today's language, one would say that this was "channeled text" (think, "Seth" or "Abraham-Hicks" for example) - which is possibly one reason why the authors chose to not name the person through whom the "Sub-Conscious" was speaking. 

Those who wish to have a "hard copy" of this book will very likely need to settle for a slightly later edition (still early, and pictured here at the right) or a facsimile reprint - available on Amazon.

(See one on Amazon HERE).

The SubConscious Speaks 1932 paperback

This edition of The Sub-Conscious Speaks also states 1932; however, it adds "Erna Ferrell Grabe" as an author (this was missing from the original edition) and is dedicated to Neil Rasmussen, whose last name was listed in the original edition as one of the publishers. It is possible that either Erna Ferrell Grabe or Neil Rasmussen may have been the "source" of what began "as an amusing experiment" (from the introduction by Paul C. Ferrell); but, we'll never know for certain! 

Little Known Authors - Big Impact on Readers

Until I came across this book, I had never heard of any of the authors involved with its publication. And yet, I was instantly sucked in by the clarity of the writing and the message. Often, when I read books from this era (first half of the 20th century), I find myself getting bogged down by certain names or references by the authors.

For just one example, when reading Genevieve Behrend's "Your Invisible Power" (which, by the way, is in the queue for me to read aloud for the YouTube channel), I have found it necessary to look up a few references: In one passage, Ms. Behrend discusses General Foch and a reference to the Franco Prussian war in 1870 that she presumed her readers would understand (I did not). 

But, this is not the case with The Sub-Conscious Speaks. Evidently whoever's subconscious mind was communicating to us must have known that nearly a century later there would be renewed interest in the material!

To tell you that I had some "ah ha" moments when reading this book to you would be an understatement. There is a clarity and a truthfulness that seems unmistakable as well as comforting. It would not surprise me if a number of other new-thought teachers have this book on their shelves. 

Also, the work of Dr. Joseph Murphy, Neville Goddard, Florence Scovel Shinn and others of that era compliment the words of this little book.

Volume I - The One and Only Work in Existence

A note on the text itself: On a number of occasions, the "Sub-Conscious" intimates and almost teases the reader that there might be more writings in the future. The title itself on the original edition states, "Volume I." 

Sadly, I have been utterly unable to locate any further work from these authors. My guess, especially in light of the wording changes in the slightly later 1932 volume released by Devorss & Co., is that there never was any "Volume II." 

Also, while I feel pretty well-versed in my abilities to research authors, I have not been able to locate very much at all about the listed authors.

If one of my readers happens upon any additional information about either Paul C. Ferrell, Erna Ferrell Grabe, or Neil Rasmussen, I invite you to reach out to me! It's easy to post something on our Facebook Page HERE.

FormattING The Sub-Conscious Speaks Audiobook

I now tend to include the text for my viewers to follow and read along if they so choose. In my experience, especially when listening to unfamiliar or new content, having some text to follow along with seems to help my ability to absorb the material.

This is the case with this book as well, and will be for additional books going forward.

I hope you enjoy this book, and the books I will be reading in the future.

When you click the button below, you will go to the dedicated The Subconscious Speaks PDF free download page, where you can:

  1. Read the PDF in an online PDF reader,
  2. Download the PDF for free, and
  3. Watch/listen to the YouTube audiobook in full.

I receive no financial compensation for any of these PDFs unless readers choose to make a donation. 

Thanks for visiting! I appreciate you!

Florence Scovel Shinn: The Game of Life and How To Play It Audiobook!

Hi everyone! As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was going to begin reading aloud a bit more on my YouTube channel, and since then, I’ve completed a few more books.

In this particular post, I want to talk about “The Game of Life and How to Play It,” a book by Florence Scovel Shinn, an early New Thought writer who actually had begun her career as a book illustrator. If you read my post about my reading of her later book, “The Power of the Spoken Word you may recall that I read the book and divided it into 9 separate videos – 1 per chapter.

After I completed that project, my good friend Martin (who has contributed here at Casedge.com on occasion) kept mentioning that he would REALLY like it if I would read “The Game of Life and How to Play It” – also by Florence Scovel Shinn.

He mentioned it so frequently that a couple of months ago, I finally dug in my heels and did it.

Florence Scovel Shinn’s First Book

I didn’t realize it until I had begun searching for the book, but “The Game of Life and How to Play It” was Florence’s first book, originally published in 1925. As I read the book through for the first time, I was astonished at how many “ah ha” moments I had. Although I am not a newcomer to New Thought writings, I was struck by how intuitive and wise Florence was.

In fact, as I began narrating the book, I had to stop frequently so that I could take notes on some of the points that stood out in each chapter.

As a result (and also by request) I’ll be creating additional videos containing affirmations based on Florence’s work. Indeed, I’ve already created a few! I’ll include those in a future post, but you can already see what I’ve got put together in this playlist.

As was the case with The Power of the Spoken Word, I initially split the book into 1 video per chapter. In this case, there were 10 chapters, so 10 separate videos.

One Long-Playing Reading: Approx 2 Hours

One thing kept bugging me though, and that was whether or not I might be losing listeners by only reading one chapter at a time. So this time, although there are still 10 separate videos, I also created a long-playing video wherein I read the entire book in one video. This means that someone can listen to the whole book in a single sitting if they so choose. It runs just over 2 hours, so it isn’t an unrealistic idea that a few people might enjoy it. I’ll include that video here in this post!

With that said, I also created a play list for the 10 separate chapters here.

Listen to “The Game of Life and How to Play It

I have to say that I truly do enjoy reading these books! I hope you enjoy hearing them!

The Voice – A Life-Changing Moment

Before I begin narrating this truly life-changing moment that I experienced in or around 1995, I need to acknowledge a few important people. First, my friend Barbara Tremblay Cipak (no relation, although I wish there was one!) really just gave me the "nudge" and courage to post it. The other day, she really put herself out there by publishing a short fictional story that truly moved me. 

Barbara had said that she had never written fiction, but felt a strong urge to move outside her comfort zone and go for it. Because of this, I decided that I had been sitting on this little story for long enough.

And even though it kind of "exposes" me in a way I have let very few people see, I figure, what the heck! If Barbara can put HERSELF out there, so can I! (By the way, Barbara's story is lovely - you can read it here: "His Gift Was Knowing.")

Finally, I want to also thank my dear friend and spiritual mentor, Roy Posner, who has encouraged and furthered my understanding about what "Surrender" and "Opening Up to the Divine" really means. Oh, if I'd only known years ago what I know now... 

Ok... Here is the story of the moment that pushed me over the edge of my mediocre life, and head first into the spiritual journey I had been avoiding.

There is much more to be written on this topic, but the story begins here.

And yes, it really did happen.

The Voice

“Now will you let me take over?”

The question was directed at me, and pretty much demanded a “Yes” or “No” answer.  But, I was too stunned to answer. Lifting my head from my tear-covered hands, I looked around.

There was no one there. 

I glanced at John, who was in the adjoining office, and said, “Did you hear that?”

“Hear what?” he asked, with a quizzical look. Wisely, he had left me alone with my tears. There really wasn’t anything he could do at the moment to comfort me.

“That voice… a voice…” I didn’t quite know how to explain this voice that had just asked me if I would let… Him? Her? It? …if I would let Something… take over.

I had been weeping, having finally accepted – after a long period of denial – that one of my “ex’s” had cheated on me during our relationship. I had never fully believed it. Surely the evidence was mere coincidence. But that morning, just before I heard “the voice,” I had been presented with irrefutable evidence that no one could explain away.

John, who would eventually become my now-cherished husband, came back into the room, and saw the cassette tape I had found when sorting through my box of music. 

The tape wasn’t mine, and it wasn’t John’s either. A loving note written on it referred to certain memories, and once I popped it into the cassette player to hear what was on it, it became clear that it belonged to the ex. It had probably been put into my collection mistakenly when we were splitting up.

Now, John quietly left the room to allow me time to process this new realization.

Back in the day, I was a praying kind of gal. I prayed to some guy named “God” who I thought sat up on a cloud, ready to smite the wicked and reward the righteous.

I couldn’t fathom why this “God” guy wouldn’t smite my ex. 

But, on this particular day, I completely bottomed out emotionally and gave up. Some call it “surrender.”

I let go of trying to figure out what had happened in that failed relationship. I gave up trying to explain away all the evidence that bellowed, “Hey! Hello there! Knock, knock! HE CHEATED!”

All that was left that Saturday morning was the feeling that I had completely drained myself of every last bit of my will.

And that was when I heard “the voice.”

It sounded like a real voice, as though someone was in front of me or sitting beside me – or behind me – it was hard to place where it came from. But I could hear it just as clearly as I hear my fingers tapping out this story on my keyboard.

I still needed to answer the question.

Very quietly, I whispered, “Yes…. Yes, I will let you take over.”

And then came the peace. Peace and forgiveness washed through me and the moment was over.

Just like that.

Now, I would love to be able to say that at that moment, the sun came out, birds began chirping and heavenly trumpets filled the air. I’d love to tell you that the “ex” came around, wringing his hands and begging my forgiveness. I’d love to tell you that “the voice” said, “Ok, then, I’m on it! You just sit back and relax now…”

I cannot. All I can tell you is that in that moment, I was enveloped by a sense of peace, and my focus shifted.

Shift in Focus

It took a while, but I can honestly say that I forgave the ex. Totally, 100% forgave. Even today, as I type in January of 2021, when I think of him (which is happening quite a bit right now since I’m telling this story), I REALLY DO have only good feelings and well-wishes for his happiness. And, I daresay, “love.” Not romantic love, but a love that springs from a place deep inside and says, “You are my brother, and I love you.”

One thing was for certain: I no longer had time to think about smiting him. I became far too involved in learning more about this “voice” that seemingly came from nowhere, and everywhere.

The journey to learn more led me to the path that is now my life. I awakened to the possibility that there was more to life than living in fear of judgment if I’m bad, or hope for reward if I’m good.

Books on spirituality replaced fiction on my shelves. And, as many of my readers here know, these shelves are now filled with the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, Jesus, The Mother (Mirra Alfassa), Roy Posner, Neville Goddard, Joseph Murphy, Ernest Holmes, Joe Dispenza, and dozens of New Thought writers, personal development authors, and everything in between. 

Autobiography of a Yogi and Other Books

Exploring alternative theories on God and the Universe became almost an obsession. I wouldn’t stop until something “clicked” and felt right to me.

No More Smiting

Changes and progress were somewhat subtle at times, and like a whack upside the head at other times. For example, when I came to understand that God, or the Universe (or whatever you choose to call It) meant me no harm, I had to admit that if God meant ME no harm, then God couldn’t possibly mean anyone ELSE any harm, either.

So, there would be no more smiting going on from my end.

Time went on. I married John. We moved. As the internet and YouTube came along, spiritual videos replaced music videos (well, most of the time!). Guilt trips faded away while love, forgiveness and joy took their place.


One of the most profound changes came in understanding that there is tremendous freedom in accepting responsibility for one’s life. In my case, I came to recognize that just about every single thing in my life – including the experience with the “ex” – was the result of my own choices. And this realization made it remarkably easy for me to forgive.

It didn’t matter what the situations were; somehow, they were the result of some type of choice that I made. I chose to be with someone. I chose to take one job or another that didn’t work out. I chose to drink too much or to exercise too little. No one forced me to do any of these things. This is a superficial look at what is a far more involved topic, but that’s the initial gist of it.

One of the liberating things about coming to this understanding was the knowledge that I am always free to make another, different choice if the results I’m experiencing don’t suit me.

I do not suggest that I could have consciously made a choice when I was a baby, for example, that would have resulted in my not needing eyeglasses by the age of 8.

I do suggest, however, that I can now make conscious decisions to alter my own life. I cannot make choices or decisions for anyone else’s life. This also means that I cannot change others. I can only change myself. I can choose love and forgiveness over fear or anger. I can choose to see the best in someone, or the worst. Kind of like the “glass half full” vs “glass half empty.”

That is a huge relief in itself. I had spent so much precious time in the past wishing and hoping that someone or something external to me would change, that I did not see the one thing I could change. Me.

But it gets even better. There is so much freedom that comes in releasing the feeling that we can change someone, or are responsible for the happiness or success of another person. Not that I don’t want others to be happy or successful; in fact, I do want others to be happy and successful. Wildly successful!

Because, on this journey I have come to learn that what I want for another is directly reflected back at me; therefore, I only wish for another that which I would wish for myself.

In short, it’s the “golden rule,” isn’t it?

A Few Lessons I've Learned

Finally, a few other things I have learned on this path include some general principles that seem to never fail. And that is to understand:

- Either I will control my thoughts and actions, or they will control me. It's about my taking responsibility for everything. No blame, no foul, no anger - just nodding at the "is-ness" of my situation, knowing that I have made choices (consciously or unconsciously) in the past, and I can make new ones going forward.

- That to struggle and resist is futile; that if I “push against” something, it pushes back. (THIS is where TOTAL SURRENDER comes into play.)

- That when I feel, deep in my heart, that life is always on my side while at the same time never being against anyone else, the journey will be that much more pleasant for all of us. (Non-resistance again)

- That the more I feel like something's "about me" the more it's my ego speaking. And yet conversely, the more I allow myself to "let go" of some perceived self-importance, the more I recognize that I'm just a mere speck in the Universe - and the feeling of utter astonishment and humility takes over, and I'm pretty much brought to my knees in awe.

- That if I “let go” and fully SURRENDER, and let whatever It is “take over,” (the Divine Force or whatever you wish to call it), and that it isn’t about "giving up" or "quitting;" it is about allowing a whole lot of good into my life.

There is so very much more that I have yet to put voice and words to.

But it all started when I answered the question posed by “the voice.”

“Yes…Yes, I will.”

A Little Inspirational Boost

Hi there! It's been quite a year for pretty much everyone! Frankly, if you had told me only 14 months ago that we would be, faced with treating cancer in my family, faced with keeping safe during a global pandemic, a loss of beloved family members, and loss of work and income all in those next 14 months, I'm not sure I would have 1) believed it, or 2) felt strong enough to deal with it.

But, here we are, still here and still feeling incredibly grateful for all we DO have. Yes, there have been some health challenges (but it isn't the end of the world) - and yet, there are GOOD things to report.

No Wine

I am happy to report from my own end that a personal challenge in my own life has been going really well in that I haven't had any alcohol in well over 14 months as of this writing (10/21/20). 

Mind you, I never came outright and said that I was QUITTING drinking; rather, I recognized that I struggled with it, and decided to simply stop for a while. 

How did I stop? I can only tell you that I've pictured it for so long, and imagined how GOOD I would feel without any wine for so long that I guess something finally "sunk in" and it just happened. I just "stopped" one day, and so far - no matter how trying some of our challenges have been - I've felt so much better WITHOUT drinking, that I just haven't had the desire for it (very often anyway). 

It's almost like the Universe sorta KNEW I was going to need as much strength as I could muster in order to work through the events of this last year+.

Weight Loss

Another thing that seemed to "just happen" was that I dropped over 40 pounds of excess weight (or, as Genevieve Behrend so eloquently puts it in one description in a chapter of her fabulous book, "Your Invisible Power" - "excess avoirdupois" which sounds far more elegant than "excess fat"). That's another thing that I had been imagining for a number of years. (Although omitting empty alcohol calories helped, it really was other dietary changes that suddenly came out of the blue that really helped!)

By the way, I have had a request to read "Your Invisible Power" at my YouTube channel. I'll tackle this project once I'm home in Florida (where I recently moved - also a big change this past year).  

Life definitely has led us on a bit of a journey, especially this past year. Things seem to have sped up - and that's not just because I've gotten older that it seems this way! 

(In case you are interested in seeing my personal progress, which I really do feel good about, here are 2 pictures - the one on the top is me a couple of years ago - 2018 - while still drinking a lot (I know, it isn't pretty!), and weighing 40 pounds more, and the below is just a couple of months ago! And, at age 61, I definitely have to say I'm feeling a LOT better in the new skin.)

Me, in 2018, before really getting serious about having a healthier life.
Me, in summer 2020, after losing 40+ pounds


It just seems as though the more I practice the teachings I've come to love, the more things happen. 

Back when I started this blog with my friend Martin, I had a simple page of "Law of Attraction manifestations." Since then, both our understandings of universal laws has expanded.

Martin, for his part, has discovered an insatiable passion for sharing his and his family's interest in drag-racing. You couldn't stop him now if you tried! (If you are curious, check out his channel here! You'll see what I mean.) At first glance, you might not think of car racing as a "spiritual" pursuit. But, if you knew Martin, you would know that everything he does now is based out of his own spiritual practices and meditations, and that he was most certainly led to this vocation. 

For my part, I have finally come to realize and accept that one of the reasons my life has always seemed "different" to me - is due to an undeniable "pull" to understand life, or, more precisely, the FORCE behind life. Just "existing" simply is not enough for me. The older I get, the stronger the pull to better understand and work with the spiritual workings of life. 

Anyway, spiritual practices have become of utmost importance to me.


There is a relatively little-known practice that is called "consecration" that I've incorporated into pretty much every waking moment. I'm not talking about "consecration" in the way it may be used in religious practices (e.g. as in the Christian belief of declaring bread and/or wine to represent the body and blood of Jesus Christ - source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_presence_of_Christ_in_the_Eucharist).

Rather, "consecration" is an everyday practice used by devotees of Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual partner "The Mother" (Mira Alfassa), and Sri Karmayogi, wherein everything we do is "offered up" to the Divine, the "Spiritual Force." I have increasingly found consecration to be an absolutely essential add-on to all my spiritual practices - whether using techniques taught by the mystic Neville Goddard or self-help author Earl Nightingale, or biblical teacher Jesus, or more scientifically-oriented Joe Dispenza, and others. 

In fact, the practice of consecration has become so ingrained in my day-to-day life over this last year, that I've begun a specific playlist at YouTube (here) devoted to it (with full permission by author and devotee of The Mother and Karmayogi, Roy Posner).

There is far too much to discuss when it comes to consecration than I can write about in this update. Hopefully you will take a look at the videos I just mentioned. As of this writing I think I've dedicated 4 videos about it!


For some reason, the "reading bug" has caught me, and I'm finding myself wanting to read certain books and inspirational passages and quotes on YouTube. Going forward, that's going to be a big part of the channel. I've had enough viewers request this now that I need to take the requests seriously. 

Someone made a very kind mention about my reading voice (and that really made my day!). What I didn't mention in the video, but will here, is that to keep a reading sounding "smooth," I do extensive edits. For example, I find myself stumbling along on occasion, and will suddenly lose my place or have a few "uhs" or "ummms" in there, or I mispronounce a word or name. I do my very best to correct such errors. 🙂 

Hopefully my readings will improve as time goes on!

My friend, Roy Posner (the author who is allowing me to publicly read and share his work), suggested that I tell a personal "success story" when I have one. So, whenever I notice a success that I can truly attribute to my spiritual practice, I have begun to share that!

Anyway, I wanted to give you an update about what has been going on, and where we are heading at the moment! 

Inspirational Quotes By Denzel Washington and Steve Harvey On Faith and Success

I just heard a couple inspirational quotes from Steve Harvey and Denzel Washington that have to do with faith and success which I loved.

I felt they were a bit similar, and was thinking of a place where I could put them where I could come back and re-read them, and realized that this would make a nice blog post.

Here are the quotes.

Steve Harvey: Your imagination is the evidence of things not seen. When you imagine stuff, it’s God showing you a preview of what He has for you.

Denzel Washington: True desire in the heart, for anything good, is God’s proof to you, sent beforehand, to indicate that it’s yours already.

That itch that you have to be whatever it is you wanna be; that itch, that desire for good, is God’s proof to you sent already, to indicate that it’s yours; you already have it.

I thought these were both rather powerful, and personally want to keep them in mind and return to read them from time to time, and I hope you get something out of them.

These are actual quotes that I heard them say, as opposed to quotes I just found on the internet.

Here is the video where Denzel says his quote, and he goes further into it:


Listen to Florence Scovel Shinn – Power of the Spoken Word Audio!

Hi all! I really enjoy reading classic New Thought books, and decided to read Florence Scovel Shinn's classic work, "The Power of the Spoken Word" which was published in 1945. Although the language is a little old-fashioned the message is timeless.

On a whim, I thought that because I love listening to audio books myself, perhaps readers might enjoy hearing the book read aloud as well. So I did just that, and posted the results to my YouTube channel.

I wound up making 9 separate videos - one for each chapter - to make it easier to listen to at your convenience.

Florence Scovel Shinn

More than one of my subscribers have contacted me with a couple of requests:

  • One request is that I put the PDF of the book here on CASEDGE.com - and I'm editing that right now!  July 2020 UPDATE: IT'S DONE! See it HERE - totally free for you to read, download and enjoy!

So it won't be long before I have it in PDF here at the site - it will be a free download. 

(BTW: The book IS available on Amazon if you want to buy a hard copy - see it here.)

  • The other request I've had is to continue recording, and reading more books! I'll do that - at least with some shorter books and/or at least chapters of some longer books when I feel really drawn to the material.

Anyway, as I mentioned, this wound up being 9 separate videos - my YouTube channel is HERE...

But, if you would like to jump right to the 1st video in the series, either click here for Chapter 1, or click on the picture of the video below! I really hope you enjoy the reading, and please stay tuned, because I promise that I WILL have the PDF available for you here very soon! 🙂 

The Power of the Spoken Word by Florence Scovel Shinn - CHAPTER 1

Click this image to jump to the first chapter of the reading!

Catherine Ponder Affirmations – Some Of My Favorites

I was looking up some Catherine Ponder affirmations, since I knew there were a few that I like, and I ended up going to a few different sites that had a bunch (some which I hadn’t heard before), and here are some of my favorites.

All financial doors are open; all financial channels are free, and endless bounty now comes to me.

I am surrounded by divine substance and this divine substance now manifests for me in rich appropriate form.

I am receiving. I am receiving now. I am receiving all the wealth that the universe has for me now.

I give thanks that I am now rich, well and happy and that my financial affairs are in divine order. Every day in every way I am growing richer and richer.

Abundance, wealth, health and happiness. Divine intelligence is even now opening the way for my immediate blessings. I have faith that all that is mine by divine right now comes to me in rich abundance, my rich blessings do not interfere with anyone else’s good, since God’s rich substance is unlimited and everywhere for all of us. There is no delay! That which is not for my highest good now fades from me and I no longer desire it. My God-given desires are richly fulfilled now in God’s own wonderful way.

I am the rich child of a loving father. I now accept and claim his rich good for me in every phase of my life. My own God-given success in the form of rich ideas and rich results now appears.

I am now activated by Divine Love and guided by divine power into my right work, which I perform in a perfect way for perfect pay. The divine plan of my life now takes shape in definite concrete experiences, leading to perfect health, happiness, success and prosperity.

Divine intelligence is in charge of my life. I am now open, receptive, and obedient to its rich instruction and guidance.

I give thanks for the immediate, complete, divine fulfillment of these desires. This or something better comes forth with perfect timing, according to God’s rich good for me.

I am now shown new ways of living and new methods of work. I am not confined to the ways and methods of the past. I experience my perfect work in the perfect way, which now renders me perfect satisfaction and perfect pay.

No, I do not have to accept this situation. God in his almighty goodness is dissolving and removing all negation from my world. No situation dismays me, for God, the Spirit of good is with me, unfolding and sustaining me and making all things right.

Regardless of taxes, the cost of living or the rate of unemployment, my financial income can and does increase richly now through the direct action of God.

Divine intuition is now showing me the way. Divine intuition is now working in and through me, in and through all concerned, producing easily and quickly the perfect outcome, the perfect result.

We use the prosperous power of divine intelligence in wisdom, integrity and good judgment in all our financial affairs. We give thanks that every financial obligation is paid on time.

The same divine trust that first motivated this financial transaction is now mightily at work, clearing it up for the highest good for all concerned.

I give thanks for the divine restoration in my business affairs, divine restoration is now doing its perfect work for all involved, and the perfect result appears now. I give thanks that every financial obligation is now being met in God’s own wise and wonderful way.

I will not put up with or tolerate this experience as necessary, lasting or right. I refuse to accept things as they are. I am God’s child and I will accept nothing but His complete goodness for me.

Every day in every way I am becoming financially independent, with the help of God.

I expect lavish abundance every day in every way in my life and affairs. I specifically expect and give thanks for lavish abundance today.

All financial doors are open; all financial channels are free, and endless bounty now comes to me.

I rejoice in the bounty of God, constantly manifesting as overflowing supply here and now.

With praise and thanksgiving, I set the riches of God before me this day to guide, govern, protect, and prosper me. All things needful are now provided. My rich good becomes visible this day!”

I give thanks that my financial income now increases mightily through the direct action of God’s rich good.

I give thanks for the immediate, complete payment of all financial obligations, in God’s own wonderful way.

Money, money, money, manifest thyself here and now in rich abundance.