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Peace Within: What Would Yours Feel Like?

December 2, 2015

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© 2015 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

We are in a noisy time in the history of the World.  There has never been a more important time for people to seek personal serenity.  I call this Peace Within.  What would our personal serenity feel like?  And what would inspire it? The following is from my book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core.

 

Sometimes we see a person who is clearly in a state of (transcendent) personal peace, and we somehow get a transfer effect, feeling more peaceful ourselves.  On returning from an engineering conference one year, I was dashing through the Pittsburgh airport, feeling very stressed, when I was absolutely riveted by a person going by.  She was a nun, wearing a traditional habit. She was walking peacefully through the terminal, wearing an etheric expression of utter happy calm.  Her slight smile reminded me of the ageless magnetism of DaVinci’s Mona Lisa.  I had to stare as she passed.  Her unreasonable peace and calm translated into my body and mind.  I was changed by her.  Now, years later, every time I think of that nun, my mind and body re-set, and I feel tension and stress leave me.

 

Some experiences can give us a profound shift into peace within.  Perhaps 10 years ago, I was in a small town in Colorado for Christmas.  Framed by a stunning view of the Rockies, many extremely tall, majestic pine trees surrounded our historic hotel.  Late Christmas Eve, fresh snow began to fall.  Having much on my mind, I bundled up to go walk among the dancing flakes.  I had not been out in the night air for more than two minutes before my cares and worries of the last year began to seem completely insignificant.  Soon, I couldn’t even think what they had been.  Now walking in an inch of new snow, I looked up through the white-laden tree branches and deeply inhaled the sweet winter air.  I felt surrounded by and filled with the Peace That Passes All Understanding.  I felt the Divine Presence.  I experienced  a deeper level of peace within than I had felt in many years.  When I finally stepped back into the hotel, I realized I had been transformed.  Years later, still, just recalling that walk vividly brings back the experience and the utter serenity.

 

Would you like to be experiencing more inner calm or serenity?  What images, sounds, or experiences have you had that have taken you to greater calm?  Why not make a commitment to yourself, now, to nurture your inner quiet each day?  The more you cultivate your Peace Within, the more benefits you will reap.  It’s up to you.

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Kebba Buckley Button is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She also stress management expert and has a natural healing practice. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), and Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. Both that book and Peace Within are available through her office.  Just email books@kebba.com. 

 

 

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How is God Answering Your Prayers?

October 15, 2015

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Sometimes, we pray for help, and help comes in ways we don’t recognize.  Two days ago, my husband lost a set of keys.  I prayed, from the twin convictions that God knew where the keys were—since God knows all–and that He would be pleased to help us when we asked.

 

Within a minute, my husband found the keys in a place where he had already looked a number of times. It was clear to us that God had answered our prayers, and how, and when.  However, sometimes we pray, and we’re not sure if God is working on it or planning to respond in a different way than we ever expected.  Consider this old story.

 

A man named John hears a flood is coming.  It has been raining heavily, and his house is expected to be flooded.  John prays, in faith, for God to save him and his dog.  The floodwaters reach his front door and begin to wash in.  A boat comes by, and people call to John to jump to the boat with his dog; they will save him and the dog.  John says, “No, God is going to save us!”  He and the dog go to the second floor.  John prays again for God to save them.  Another boat comes by, and people urgently call to John to jump in with his dog and be saved.  John says, “No, God is going to save us!”  Now he and the dog have to go to the roof, and John prays again for God to save them.  A helicopter appears, as if from nowhere, and a rope is lowered.  A National Guard officer shouts to John, over the sound of the blades, rain and driving wind, to take the rope and bring his dog under his arm.  John shouts back, in total faith, that God is going to save them.  Shortly, John and his dog are dripping wet in Heaven’s waiting room.  When it is their turn to meet God, God starts to ask John questions, when John, feeling betrayed, cries out in pain, “God, why did you not save us from the flood???”  God says, “My son, I sent two boats and a helicopter for both of you!”

 

When you last prayed for help, did you get a clear answer?  Or did you later realize you had what you needed, somehow?  What good information, people, reassurance, resources, boats, helicopters, and ropes has God been putting your way?  God wants to be in relationship with you, and God wants to hear from you, whether you have heard Him replying, or not.  Practice talking to God and listening for His responses.  Now you’re in Upbeat Spiritual Living!

 

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Kebba Buckley Button is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She also stress management expert and has a natural healing practice. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), and Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. Both that book and Peace Within are available through her office.  Just email books@kebba.com. 

Are You The Same Person You Were Then?

September 22, 2015

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© 2015 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

There have been so many changes in each of our lives.  As an adult, are you living quite differently than you were as a child?  You are probably living much more independently, making all your own decisions, and deciding on your own décor.  You probably are choosing what you eat and when, as well as what church, if any, to go to.

When I was about 12, I was at a pajama party with a dozen friends, and the mom-hostess had some very interesting games for us. Among other things, she asked us “are you the same person you were?”  Gasp!  I was thinking, “I’m only 12!”  And the question has stuck with me ever since.  What makes us “who we are”, anyway?

Many times in adulthood, I have been in conversation about nature vs. nurture, and God-given nature vs. environmental influence.  Gifted with an unusual memory, recently I was musing about something from Junior High days, and I could not remember the name of the key person in the story.  I was thrilled!  My brain let go of something!

However, then I tried to remember my motives in that Junior High story.  I did something I would now think was dumb.  Why did I do what I did?  What were my thoughts and feelings?  Well, I couldn’t remember at all.  It was like I was trying to understand someone else, not me.  I believe I am now a different person than I was then.  Even with the person I was in college days:  I cannot understand that past self or second-guess her.  The best I can say now is that the person I was then did that or said that.  I would rather be the person I am now, by far.

I recently heard Christian speaker/author Joyce Meyer talking about this phenomenon.  She said the person she was died in Christ years ago. She almost remembers that person she was, like remembering another person.  I am sure Joyce would by far rather be the person she is now.

The Bible offers this, in Isaiah 43:18-19 (NKJV):

Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

When you have memories of acting dumb in the past, forgive your former self.   Don’t stress about it.   Be joyful at how much you have grown.  Be grateful for the new roads God is making for you in the wilderness.  Change is good.  You are good.  Give thanks.

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  • Kebba Buckley Button is an ordained minister. She also stress management expert and has a natural healing practice. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. Both that book and Peace Within are available through her office.  Just email books@kebba.com. 
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .

Stars and the Human Experience

August 25, 2015

© 2015 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

stars, stars in the Bible, inspirationThe stars have always been woven in the fabric of human experience.  In ancient times, as shepherds watched their flocks by night, they gazed for many hours at those points of light in the sky.  Some of the lights were larger than others.  Some seemed to vibrate, “twinkle”, shoot across the sky, and cluster in figures.  People were sure they saw patterns of large and small bears, a charioteer, a warrior, a swan, and other images.  They told stories of interactions among some of the constellation characters.  The Greeks and Romans believed in gods who inhabited the skies and interacted with love, jealousy, and competition.  Did those beliefs cause them to see stories in the night skies, or did the night skies inspire the stories of Gods in the daytime skies?

At least as early as the Biblical King David’s time—and he ruled from 1010 to 970 BCE—people imagined stars had points, and they used symbols to represent stars in jewelry and other adornments.  King David is said to have owned a magic shield that protected him from enemies. Emblazoned with a 6-point star, it was known as the Mogen David, or Shield of David.  King Solomon, who became ruler in 970 BCE, had a ring he believed brought him luck, which carried the image of the same 6-point star, now better known as the Star of David.  His signet ring was believed to control demons and spirits.

As the time of the birth of Jesus approached, people saw something extremely bright in the skies, which some called simply, “the Star of the East”.  One theory is that they saw a conjunction of a planet and a star, together appearing as a dazzlingly bright single star.  Whatever the rare celestial event was, wise men somehow followed it to Bethlehem, to meet and honor their awaited Messiah as a newborn infant.

Many later star symbols came into use in culture and religion.  A Celtic 8-point star represents the 8 holy days, or seasons, such as Yule on December 20th to 22d and Midsummer on June 19th to 22d. A star-and-crescent became an Islamic symbol, and the Star of Lakshmi became a Hindu symbol associated with the goddess Lakshmi. A dimensional pentacle became the Druze star of that religion.  Stars showed up adorning the covers of holy and precious books and in many forms of jewelry, such as amulets and rings.  Stars have appeared many times in artwork and on flags.

The heavenly stars have been used for navigation, permitting the expansion of world exploration and trade by the Vikings, the Portuguese, and others. The stars have also been used for prophecy, in Chinese and European horoscope systems, and in predictive card techniques such as Tarot.  Songs have been written about them. In recent decades, humans have built machines that allowed them to leave the Earth and actually fly among the stars.

Today, people are still fascinated by stars, to the extent that they even see “star quality” in other people.  The media speak of “stars of stage, screen, and television”, meaning popular and well-paid actors and actresses.  We speak of someone being “a rising star”.  An extremely accomplished performer can even get a star symbol installed, in their name, in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Instead of being looked up to, a star performer can now be “walked all over” on Hollywood Boulevard.

So stars have been admired, imagined, worn, and steered-by.  “Star quality” has been projected onto performers and leaders.  And finally, stars have been brought to Earth to be walked on.  Perhaps it’s time to start this cycle again.  Are you moved by the stars?  Why not pull up a comfortable chair and watch the stars revolve in the Heavens?  Think of early shepherds watching the night sky, and feel what they must have felt.  Feel your connection to the Oneness of all human time and experience.   And when you go in, take that timeless peace with you in your heart.  That is Peace Within.

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  • Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert.  She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. Both that book and Peace Within are available through her office.  Just email books@kebba.com. 
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .

 

 

Funeral Stress and Joy

June 27, 2015

© 2015 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

Funeral Stress, JoyRecently, I experienced another afternoon of funeral stress and joy:  that intense mixed immersion in all the emotions of a loved one’s life having ended.  Because I was not officiating the service, I could simply let go and feel and think whatever I needed to feel and think.  As always, I felt alternating sadness and joy. How confusing!  And how wonderful.  We need to go through those stages as we grieve.

On this occasion, we were celebrating the life of a friend named Elliott.  Elliott was always eager, optimistic, and cheerful, with a huge smile.  Just the sight of him was uplifting.  At the service, people from every stage of Elliott’s life spoke about his easy sense of humor and how he surprised and cheered people. He was open to life, open to adventure, open to joy.  An executive from his longtime employer told of trying to make a video, and no one knew how to use the hula hoops—until they turned and saw Elliott using one like a pro.  They still use that video at that company.  A retiree of several years now, Elliott was first on the scene of church events and the last volunteer to leave.  At the church thrift store, he put together interview outfits for people who couldn’t afford clothes.  He loved happy hours and conversations on diverse subjects.

There’s funeral stress and there’s funeral joy.  We will miss Elliott, and we have painful and sad moments about his being gone.  At the same time, we are joyful that he is no longer ill with cancer, and that he is now having happy hours and teaching people to hula in Heaven.  I choose to remember the good times and to celebrate how he inspired all who knew him.  And I hope I grow up to be as optimistic and joyful as Elliott.

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  • Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert.  She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. Both that book and Peace Within are available through her office.  Just email books@kebba.com. 
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .

Spiritual Answers for Offense

March 8, 2015

© 2015 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM.  World Rights Reserved.

No matter how often someone offends you, and no matter how badly you’re offended, there are spiritual answers for offense.  You know that feeling: “[O]uch! They shouldn’t have said/done that to me!”  You know you’re a worthy person, and it’s not comfortable to be treated badly.  It hurts.  It reviles.

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Recently, I’ve had a number of opportunities to be offended. I joke that I’m allergic to drama. I don’t enjoy being offended, hurt, or angry. Those feelings interrupt my usual serenity,  Peace Within, and/or purposive productivity. I like to be enjoying life, steaming along in a positive direction, getting good things done, meeting deadlines, mixing happily with good people, and relaxing in peace between.

When I feel offended, my feelings are hurt, and my body is tense. I have trouble thinking of something else, keeping my mind on my work, my relationships, or my in-joy-meant. My attention is repeatedly dragged off-track to the person or situation that caused the feelings of offense. Has this happened to you recently? Yes. Does this sound like fun? No. Is there any benefit to anyone in someone feeling offended? No.

So what can we, as spiritual and Christian people, do when we feel offended? Say, someone who is often jealous and critical aims their blame-beam at you. They are now criticizing the way you said something you thought was endearing. You know you were kind, and this person is enjoying creating gossip. Aside from hurting you, the person is being damaging to the group/church/company. Consider these steps:

  1. Ask for guidance as to whether to respond to the person at all.
  2. Pray for the person who needs this kind of internal drama and the drama of gossip.
  3. Stay in your Peace Within. This person’s perception is their drama, and with this type, responding at all may throw gasoline on the fire.
  4. Act “as if”. Act as if the person never aimed their blame-beam at you, as if it never happened.
  5. Ask God whether perhaps this is a signal that you don’t need to circulate with this person anymore. Especially if this is something that the person keeps doing. Sometimes we are the ball being hit by the flipper on God’s pinball board.
  6. Keep your heart light. Don’t let yourself sink into the disorderly person’s drama. Keep bringing your focus back to anything positive, or simply to God.

The Bible offers this:

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

~ James 3:16 (NIV)  

A person who has Peace Within does not need to create inflammatory conversation: criticism or gossip. Feel sorry for the person in disorder. Pray for the Highest and Best for them. You may be amazed at how the person shifts over the next few weeks, if you do not sink into being offended, but continue to pray for them.  And remember, God is watching how you handle this. Every time you think of this offense, choose not to be offended. Rise above. Reset your thoughts as many times as you need to. And keep in mind,

It is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

~ Prov 19:11 (NIV)

Life often gives us opportunities to get offended. But we can choose how much we want to buy into taking in the hurt. With practice, it will take you less and less time and effort to get back to your Peace Within. So practice! And pray.

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  • Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert and award-winning author.  She also is an ordained minister and has a natural healing practice. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br),and Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition(http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc ). Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com.  
  • For an appointment or to book Rev. Kebba to speak for your group, email calendar@kebba.com

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Happy Valentines’ Day: Giving and Receiving Love

February 14, 2015

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Love and caring take so many forms, that we often miss love and caring that are coming our way.  All of us can figure out that someone loves us if they say so.  But we miss other signals and we miss opportunities to express our caring to others, in ways they can recognize.  Especially if you’ve been wanting to experience more love and caring, here are some tips to change that.  Notice when people are connecting with you, in however light and brief a way:

 

 

  •        Someone smiles and says “hello!”  They find you interesting enough to connect.
  •        Someone compliments you.
  •        Someone offers you their newspaper as they are leaving the café.
  •        Someone lets you know one of your tires is very low.
  •        The class waits to start until you arrive several minutes late.
  •        An acquaintance suggests you get together for coffee.
  •        A committee member touches your arm as they go by.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ~John 13:34 NIV

  People express love and caring in a half-dozen different “codes”—words, doing-for, gifting, spending time with, touching, and giving money.  Your thoughtfulness is love.  So here are some light ways for you to express caring and love.  Genuine gestures, only, please:

  •        Smile happily and say “hello!’ in a friendly way.  Practice at church.
  •        Compliment someone.  Remember, it’s “how great you look in that dress!”  Do not say, “what a great dress!”
  •        Before you leave the café, ask the people at the next table if they would enjoy having your paper.
  •        Let someone know their tire is low or their headlamp is out.
  •        If someone drops something, pick it up for them, and smile happily.
  •        If you are expecting a committee member who is usually on time, wait a few minutes for them to arrive before you start.
  •        Think of someone from church or a class that you would like to know better, and ask them if they would like to possibly have coffee sometime.  If they say they are awfully busy, well, you tried.  If their voice brightens, schedule it.
  •        Place your hand lightly on a friend’s back as you go by.

In John 13:34, Jesus tells us we must love one another.  Be a part of that as you receive and share caring and love.  There is always more love to share. That’s Upbeat Spiritual Living!

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  • Rev. Kebba Buckley Button is an ordained minister and retreat speaker.  She is a stress management expert, award-winning author, and a holistic healing consultant. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br),and Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition(http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc ). Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com.  
  • For an appointment or to book Rev. Kebba to speak for your group, email calendar@kebba.com
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