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May the Force be with You

Welcome to today’s guest blogger, Karen Schmidt, MSE, NCC – Professional Counselor with Avilan Counseling.  Karen shares her 3am visitations of Spirit.  In this visitation, the Spirit invites us all to embrace our own inner Jedi training on the path to spiritual growth and enlightenment!  May the Force be with You! 

Inner Resources
“We have the resources already; though on the surface those resources will always look over-matched, hopeless, dwarfed, nonsensical, wishful thinking. On the surface, invariably, we will look like David before Goliath, puny and pathetic, not up to the task of defeating a giant or feeding a hungry, greedy world.” 
3am Visitations 
I awoke at the glorious 3am hour and tossed and turned until I finally listened. “READ ROLHEISER!!” … the Voice had spoken. It’s been a long time since I’ve been stirred at dawn and even longer since I’ve read Ron’s column, and I was more than a bit resistant as I was warm and comfy in my bed! BUT being led by Spirit I submitted my will and set my warm feet on cold floors.   Besides we all know … God is a nag! As my warm feet hit the cold floors (did I say that already??) I was reminded of how growth is the choice to be uncomfortable.

Like David before Goliath (or Luke before Darth Vader)

The beginning words were taken from Ron Rolheiser’s reflection on Jesus’ instructions to feed the masses with a few fish and loaves of bread. This, of course, was followed by the confused look from the disciples as they muttered WTF! Although most of the column was … ummm … luke warm … THIS imagery whomped me over the head… the DUH of the Dawn!
It succinctly and clearly describes what we have been feeling … standing here “like David before Goliath, puny and pathetic, not up to the task of defeating the giant or feeding a hungry, greedy world.’  

Slaying the Giant

The “giant” has many names (ego, fear, insecurity, the unknown, uncertainty) and it’s unique to each of our journeys and yet the same giant. Anyone who is actively and consciously growing is choosing to be uncomfortable … they are facing Goliath.  Standing in front of him with seemingly limited resources wondering “How in the hell am I gonna do this!?” or “What the hell am I supposed to do?!” or “WTF!”  But the truth is we have an abundance of resources at our disposal. 

Heart Wisdom – connecting with The Force

When we listen with our heart we can hear the direction in which to move. This can be challenging because we have been educated to think with our “head” making it difficult to hear the heart. Moreover the head follows the over-embraced knowledge of this world, whereas, the heart follows the sadly dismissed wisdom from beyond. But with trust, practice, discernment and courage we can cultivate our heart skills once again! It may not be the easiest direction, nor the most logical, and it will most likely send us straight into battle with the giant. WHO would listen to such directions??  Warriors! Jedi! Wild Women! Half Bloods!  People who actively and consciously chose to be uncomfortable while following their heart. And WHY would they choose such silliness?? Because they KNOW the secret!!!  That sadly dismissed wisdom from beyond is BEYOND what our heads can comprehend. It is our natural ability to tap into the unseen world.  It is what the Christians call “Christ energy” and the Jedi call “The Force”.  Whatever we call it, we all have more than enough resources to overcome the “giant” in our life. We are so much more than the sum of our seen parts … we are but a mere spec in a mostly unseen and benevolent world.

Jedi Training

When we are ‘fighting the good fight’, or on the path to developing our highest self, we need to LISTEN, TRUST and ACT on the instincts of our heart. WHY the heart?? The heart center is the bridge between the two worlds – as above so below – the sacred heart- the intersection of our humanity and divinity. Following the heart is not the easiest path and it requires training to listen and discern the heart’s true message … call it Jedi training! But once aligned with this unseen Force we can’t go wrong.
“Use the Force, Luke, use the Force!”
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Karen Schmidt, MSE, NCC
Professional Counselor
Oshkosh, Wisconsin


I am a trained, professional Spiritual Director, Author and Hands-on Healer. I offer services, programs and classes that empower you to hear the voice of the Divine that speaks from within you. It is the voice of the Divine that leads us to our highest truth, to the discovery and cultivation of our gifts and to a life of Authentic Freedom where we know contentment, compassion and joy. Your truth will set you free!