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Excerpted from A Deep Breath of Life by Alan Cohen. Copyright 1996 by Alan Cohen. Excerpted by permission of Hay House Publishers.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"When you come up against a situation you cannot control, trust that the universe is working on your behalf."

  Alan Cohen, A Deep Breath of Life, Part 3

January 3
Grow with the Flow

I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year:

"Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown."

And he replied, "Go out into the darkness and put your hand in the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light and safer than a known way."

- Quoted by King George VI of England

Two men were walking beside a river on their way to a town downstream when a storm broke, and a flash flood washed both men into the river. One man panicked, tried to fight his way back to shore, and drowned. The other man realized that the torrent was beyond his control and relaxed to the best of his ability, letting the river carry him. To his happy surprise, the river deposited him on the banks of the town he was headed toward, in a much shorter time than it would have taken him to walk.

When you come up against a situation you cannot control, trust that the universe is working on your behalf. When we fight what is, we lose our power. The sage capitalizes on the energy at hand and makes it work on his behalf.

Help me to remember that You are present in all situations, guiding me home even when I cannot see how.

I am always in the presence of love.
Everything that happens to me is a part of the plan for my good.

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