Category: Spiritual Metaphor

My First Featured Article on Beliefnet!

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I'm so Excited!  My article is featured!

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This is truly a first for me, and I was so excited, I had to share with everyone! 

I've been writing for a website called Beliefnet.com for the past few months — a milestone in itself because I've been wanting to write for them for years! 

Why? They feature ALL beliefs from the all major religions, and then some. 

But today is the first time I've been featured on their front page!  The very first of their 4 rotating banners, and with my name just there beneath it!  (Until Monday, July 21st anyway…) 

As someone who's been a ghostwriter for many years, I feel like I've finally stepped out into the sun.  Aaaaaah!  I am fairly certain it has something to do with my lovely friend, Trish Kusal Wilson, who allowed me to use her photographs.  The glory is all the sweeter when it's shared!

It's also a subject that I've never felt quite brave enough to write about, since it's such a touchy one for so many people: prayer — but I've attempted to translate it into something that intellectuals, naturalists and realists might be able to relate to.  See if you can, and let me know.  If nothing else, click to see Trish's glorious photos

I partly began writing for Beliefnet because I thought it would be a good way to connect with an audience that could understand and appreciate the podcast I co-host on Unity Online Radio, called "Pop Conscious: Where Pop Culture & Spirituality Unite!"  It is exactly my ministry style, actually, as I study to one day become a fully ordained Unity minister — rejecting no one and nothing in the world, just using it all to be more understanding, more positive and creative and help make the world a happier place.

Here are links to check it all out, if you wanna!  And if you know anyone who'd make a good radio guest or interview subject while talking about entertainment and enlightenment, please get in touch!

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Learn more or contact me at MalaynaDawn.com!

 

Carried in my Heart – Not Heavy at All

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Feb 20, 2011
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Recently, I tried to comfort one of my god-daughters after the loss of a family pet by posting this to her Facebook page:

“When they're in your heart, they're always with you. I know because I carry a whole menagerie around with me in my heart…and some humans too. They're not heavy at all.”

I come from a pet-friendly family, well known for rescuing all kinds of animals, and as much as it hurts to lose them, it never stops us from investing our love into another animal friend.  As one little ditty goes, “Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more.” Loving and being loved, even from a pet, is so good for us. It expands our light; and our hearts will expand to accommodate it all.

See the image? That's the landscape of my heart — plenty of room!

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Spiritual Metaphors 4 Life ~ Hero’s Journey

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Life is like a heroic journey. You are the hero of your own life story. There are always challenges and monsters, but there are helpers and guides too. After we cross into the unknown, we find that we have more inside us then we realized. Then we return home from our spiritual adventure to find that we have changed and we bring something new to old circumstances. Herosjourney 

The heroic life is living the individual adventure.
~ Joseph Campbell

Spiritual Metaphors 4 Life ~ Power Strip

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PowerstripLife is like a power strip. (Different from a power trip…)

We only have so many spaces to plug stuff in, so we might as well make sure it’s the stuff we like. If we start plugging in stuff that we don’t like—whether that means complaining or doing something that goes against who we really are—we don’t have space left for the good stuff. We might even overload and blow a circuit. We choose what to plug in to our power strip. Choose wisely!

Spiritual Metaphors 4 Life ~ Mirror

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Mirror Life is like a mirror. Because we attract what we are thinking about into our lives, we can look at the people and the circumstances around us to see what we’ve been thinking.

We might point a finger at someone to blame them, but there are still 3 fingers pointing back at us.

When we change our thinking, we change our circumstances, and the mirror of life will reflect it back to us.

(What song is stuck in your head right now? "Man in the Mirror"? "Reflection"?)

Spiritual Metaphors 4 Life ~ Comedy

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ComedyjesterLife is like a comedy. Don’t take anything too seriously or too personally, learn to laugh. Lighten up!

Light is energy and energy is life, therefore enlightenment must be when we’ve lightened up. Think about it. Life is pretty funny.

 

Read Malayna's Article about Comedy and Spirituality on Self Growth.com!

Written by Malayna Dawn for SymbolicThemes.com

Spiritual Metaphors 4 Life ~ Musical Instruments

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Life is like a musical instrument. All the potential is in the instrument to make incredible music, but for us to play the music, we have to practice. We have to make sure our thoughts instruct our actions and become habit so that our inspiration can come through. Instruments

Spiritual Metaphors 4 Life ~ Magnet

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Life is like a magnet.Magnet2  We all attract and repel all the time. We attract the things that are most like us and our thoughts, and we repel things that aren’t like us. Once we know what we love and what isn’t important to us, we attract more of what we love to us—from all sides.

 

 

Read Malayna's articles for DailyOM about the Law of Attraction, the Power of our Thoughts and Goal Setting.

Written by Malayna Dawn for Symbolic Themes.com.

Spiritual Metaphors 4 Life ~ Mission

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Life is like a mission. When we have big dreams of what we’d like our lives to be, we are receiving our mission from headquarters. It is meant for us, or we wouldn’t have even had the idea. We are worthy. We deserve it. It is meant for us. And once we get it, we’ll receive a new mission.   Missionpossible

Spiritual Metaphors 4 Life ~ Gadgets

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 Gadgets Life is like choosing the latest gadget. Look for the real value—a brand name isn’t as important as knowing that the product delivers on its promises. Knowing what’s really important to us, we can always attract the people and circumstances into our lives that really enrich our experience.

Read my DailyOM article, Technology as Distraction–Choosing True Connections for more.

Written by Malayna Dawn for SymbolicThemes.com