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Saturday, September 16, 2017



The Italians have a beautiful word which translates as "crossing over"


To me it means moving through
and moving on.

As I looked through some interesting comments I have saved from my readings, I came across some lovely impressions of how this process happens.
Lauren Gorgo tells us that 

"we are not here to own or hold experiences but to fluidly move thru them so as to continually embrace the next experience...and the next, and the next."
When I attempt to visualize the  process  Lauren describes the scene I see is filled with gently moving images that are translucent...they are effortlessly transforming into new images (read experiences).  The feeling is one of lightness and the most beautiful energy vibrating joyfully.

According to Lauren Gorgo this is Conscious Co-Creation and it means to live in the moment and create the next moment from the moment that preceded it.


As I reflect on this picture I see that  LIFE looks very purposeful.  Every experience we have holds the gift of a sacred lesson which anchors the next step in our spiritual evolution.


Does this image of moving pictures seem difficult to engage...to stop fixating on or obsessing over our experiences...especially the ones that feel difficult, uncomfortable or painful and move instead into the on-going  grace of transformation?


Here are some words of encouragement I feel are especially inspiring to help us develop this approach to life.  They describe a gentle process, a habit we can cultivate that will facilitate this spiritual exercise. 

I do not have the author's name recorded in my notes but the tone of the message sounds a lot like the words I read from Meredith Murphy's Expect Wonderful and I share it with you in the hopes that it will spark your motivation and, oh, so gently touch your heart:

Continually allowing myself to let go of things without resistance just opens up ease and makes life so happy.

I let things come into my life.  I let them go.  I stop trying to control this or take it personally.  I just am.  Amazing.  So simple, isn't it?

 Can you SIMPLIFY the moments of your life?

                                                                              Marie Helena

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

You're Invited


I am very excited to extend an invitation to you to attend an Author's Night to celebrate
the publishing of Book 1 of my Mystic Marks series: 

The Night Blooming Jasmine
in Your Heart 

I will be talking about my book at two major bookstores in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA area:

as one of several featured authors for Local Author Night  at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Woodland Mall on Friday, September 22nd at 7 p.m.    


 as a guest on a panel of authors at Schuler Books and Music on 28th Street on Thursday, November 2nd at 7 p.m.

I am so looking forward to these wonderful evenings which will, undoubtedly, be a thought provoking introduction to several local new authors.  The creative energy is sure to rock the rafters!

If you are in or near the Grand Rapids area, I hope you can join me on one of these exciting occasions!

                                                                                    Marie Helena


Friday, September 8, 2017

The Night Blooming Jasmine

Several months ago I was invited by Lillicat Publishers of San Diego, California to publish my writing because the editor felt that words of inspiration are so needed today as we are all living in so much turmoil.  I am so happy to hear that my messages are being received. 

Here are two comments I received in the last 24 hours:

    from a Florida resident evacuating her home because of the threat of hurricane: Irma:

    “Your book was one of my treasures I took along with me from Florida.”


    from a physician in Haryana, northwestern India: 
    “I got my copy and keep reading it again and again!  God bless you, dearest Marie!!!”

The Night Blooming Jasmine in Your Heart 
   ~how to flow your energy into a mindful embrace
             of the beautiful gifts of the Universe

The Night Blooming Jasmine is an exquisitely designed messenger with a lovely secret to share. It inspires us to align ourselves with the still, calm wisdom of the Universe, opening our hearts to nature's beautiful instruction and inspiration.
Mystically themed offerings, with lovely illustrations by various artists, encourage us to become even more glorious versions of ourselves. Join Ichabod the Sailor, Irish Taxi Drivers, and the fluttering Wings of assorted characters you already know for a moment of conscious contemplation.

Are you ready for the journey?

Marie Helena Pokora
 is an international spiritual blogger whose Mystic Marks Blog is read in over one hundred countries. She has been a college professor, a coordinator of peer and professional tutoring and peer counseling, a freelance writer, and a copywriter at an ad agency.  Marie has studied spirituality for over twenty years.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Chauffeur

Imagine a sleek, shiny limousine waiting for you to ride in...complete with a skillful, experienced chauffeur who effortlessly whisks you away to your desired destinations and knows so well the routes you enjoy.   

This is a personal assistant with whom you are extremely comfortable.  You have traveled to many destinations together and it is always the ride you desire and expect.  And, of course, YOU are the one who is responsible for hiring this chauffeur whom you trust so implicitly with the task of getting you to all of the events on your life calendar.  And why wouldn't you be for he is the EMBODIMENT of your own PERSONAL BELIEF SYSTEM.

chauffeur is entrusted with important responsibilities.  Once he knows the location you desire to be transported to, he determines the ROUTE he will follow to get you there.  He knows you well...your likes and dislikes, your preferences, the things you absolutely feel comfortable with and the things that annoy, irritate and rattle you to the core.  And, of course, he will go to great lengths to avoid them

There is something to be said for preserving and perpetuating your comfort but  perhaps following the same old route EVERY TIME is not serving you well.

There is a very simple yet profound adage that says,
If you keep doing what you always do,
  You're going to get what you always get.

If you perchance are not satisfied with what is happening in your life, perhaps it's time to see who is really driving your limo.  Just who is this limo driver so sure of how things should go?  Is he (you) missing something?  Does he always follow the routes he (you) learned many years ago and has he (you) stopped considering any new input?  Has he (you) missed something important or misread or misunderstood the "street signs"?

Such is the nature of our belief system.  It shapes and molds and may even calcify our view of life effectively eliminating the possibility of viewing life through a different lens than the one we have always known.

And what if we have adopted the view of someone in our life who has exerted great influence upon us?  And what if that very influential person's "view" has been subject to his own personal limitations or experiences?  And, by the way, WHO is driving HIS limo?

This complicated state of affairs has been the case all along for all of us because it is the nature of how things work in earth school.  We are ALL struggling, learning, and sometimes misperceiving or misunderstanding how things are.  If we limit ourselves to the initial view that we have learned from the influence of another, what will we have missed because we have never considered it possible?

And that is why it is so very necessary and wise to examine carefully ALL of our beliefs, to hold then up for introspection and to also consider alternate beliefs and see how THEY might operate in our lives.

I have been astounded to discover the possibilities I have cut myself off from because of the societal and cultural beliefs I have unquestioningly embraced.  Now I have adventures "playing" with opposing beliefs, turning the original ones topsy turvy to see where they might land.

By the way, I've got an ad out for a new chauffeur.  

Adventurous, open-minded, out-of-the-box thinker who is always searching for the most astonishing routes on this roadmap called Life.

I'm looking to mix it up in this new version of myself and see where it takes me!  How about you?

                                                                                        Marie Helena


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Saturday, September 2, 2017

The View from Up Here!

The view we hold of life is always influenced by the place where we stand...both literally and metaphorically.  For example, literally speaking, if we stand at the foot of a mountain its peak looks very small in the distance.  If we stand on the top of a mountain, we have a beautiful, panoramic view of what lies below. 

In life the same principle holds true in our personal interactions in a very spiritual way.  The LOWER the vibration of our reaction to an event that has occurred, the less we can see of that beautiful "mountaintop".  The  HIGHER the vibration of our response to that event,  the more we can take in the "beautiful horizon" around us.

And what would constitute a "lower" vibration view in this scenario? 
Seeing what is happening from the lens of limiting beliefs, painful or hurt feelings, unresolved issues.  In other words, giving something that has happened the worst possible interpretation we can think of at that moment.  A "higher" vibration view would be making a conscious decision to interpret what is happening in the most accepting, most compassionate way we can imagine.and, hopefully, with some lightness and humor as that always helps us and everyone else involved gain perspective.

Here's an example
We are speaking with someone and while we are still forming our words, the person begins to turn and start moving away from us.  The view at the foot of this mountain:  "Wait a minute.  I am still speaking.  Why are you walking away?"

The view from the top of this mountain would look quite different. 
Here when we are speaking and a person begins to fidget or move about we might say, "I see you are dancing.  What 'music' are you hearing?"

There's a huge difference in these two reactions.  The first one interprets the behavior as uncaring.  The second one interprets it in the highest possible light...something is going on inside the person that wants his body to move.

And, if we think about the situation calmly for a moment, we can see that the second interpretation has to be true.  Something IS going on.  Something the person hasn't understood or resolved.  And, wonderfully, we are giving that person compassion and understanding. 

How did we get to this beautiful state of generous caring?  By making the conscious choice to go to the highest peak on the mountain...in other words, to go to the best possible interpretation of what has just transpired.  We can cultivate this habit in ourselves...practice it....experiment with it....see how this choice changes our feelings and what happens next.

Here's a thought.  We may not have the physical stamina and endurance to make the demanding climb to Mount Everest or Mount Kilimanjaro.  But we can be adventurous mountain climbers in our hearts by taking on the challenge of reaching for that panoramic view of what everyone's interactions represent.  And the road sign in to that destination:  This way to "the best possible interpretation". 

There is always more going on than we can see from our own, personal view, but THE VIEW FROM UP HERE holds the potential to give us that very important information.


                                                                            Marie Helena

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Your nature is to love; remember your nature.

don Miguel Ruiz

Why do we feel happy when we open our hearts to others? Why does seeing someone's eyes light up from our words or attention feel so glorious? Because it is then that we are in ALIGNMENT with Who We Truly Are.  We experience this blissful state because it is our calling. 

We are creatures of love who have donned the disguise of earth dwellers.  Our disguises are so complete and so compelling that we do not recognize ourselves.  But, even though our lives often feel steeped in challenge and contradiction, we resonate, we rejoice, we revel in our impulses of grace, gratitude and generosity.

And we may wonder from whence they have appeared.  Despite the travail surrounding us, somehow we have managed to look so lovingly upon the world and ourselves!

We do this because we are born to it.  We have chosen to be here. To "awaken" ourselves and to help others "awaken".  It is a beautiful exercise to witness and observe ourselves come home to love, to find our way.

When we perform an act of kindness, when we extend love and compassion to others, we feel an affinity, a connection to all that is beautiful in life.  Underneath all of the disguises of dissonance and distress, LOVE resides.  When we experience the blossoming of love, we have come HOME.

                                                                          Marie Helena

Your nature is to love; remember your nature.
don Miguel Ruiz

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fractal tears of joy

Monday, August 28, 2017

Leaky Faucets and Flat Tires

Do you really know how POWERFUL
you are?

You are so POWERFUL that you can create a reflection of yourself in the environment surrounding you…and also in the persons who populate your life.

And, if you are looking, you can see “yourself” in whatever is going on around you.

Do you have car issues or a plumbing crisis? You are blocking something inside you and it is being manifested in your environment. It’s there as a gift. A knock, knock for you…just in case you have failed to notice what you are doing.

And if you find that the persons in your life are irritating you…knock, knock again. They represent something in yourself you have not dealt with.

It’s really a beautiful system…though it may seem like strange and radical thinking at first glance.

You are truly the playwright of playwrights, author of authors, star of stars…and you are creating and projecting the movie of your life for your own entertainment, education and enlightenment... everywhere around you.

What a majestic universe! What a magical production! That’s you and the story of your life!

                                                                               Marie Helena