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Welcome back.  I trust that you have explored holding the energy of Ease and that you’re finding it serves your feelings of happiness to do so. Let’s continue with how being in Ease helps you experience Peace.

Ease is the surface layer of this deeper inner state. Peace is your State of Being beyond resistance. A place we all strive to get, and yet, there’s only one place to go to arrive there. Peace is within the Essence of you, the inner state of allowing and trust, the space of unequivocal knowing that everything is exquisitely right, that all is well, regardless of outer appearances. In the story in Part 1 of encountering and praying over a dead pelican, Ease is accepting that this particular walk includes a dead pelican (certainly not something I want to experience), and Peace is trusting that however it died, ultimately all is as it should be (even while the judging self might be looking for something or someone to blame).

Peace in any given moment comes from choosing to transcend the situational aspects of a moment, while allowing those aspects to be exactly as they are. As Mahatma Gandhi taught:

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”

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Peace is your State of Being beyond resistance.

Your Peace within is always waiting for you in the I AMness of you. There is no opposite of that. Your fears, anxieties, angers, and sadnesses are not really the opposite of Peace. When they grip you tightly and you feel like you can’t get free of them, they are showing that you have disconnected from your Peace. When a lamp gets unplugged, its light goes out. But the electricity that can fuel it is still there waiting for the lamp to be plugged back in.

Inner Peace can absolutely be your experience in the midst of struggle, pain, fear and sadness – the darkness of your life does not affect your access to your inner Light. As you practice transcending what is, even while you include it as perfect in the moment, you stay connected to Source within. It’s how you trust that you have safety, security, stamina, guidance, endurance, and comfort even in the midst of a beach walk with hills, rocks, debris, dead creatures and huge unknowns along the way.

And finally, there is Grace, which is when we feel like something amazing has happened that we’re not sure we deserve. It’s what mystically and Divinely plugs your lamp back in when you can’t even reach the plug, and helps you traverse whatever is showing up on your path. Grace is experiencing the presence of God when we least expect to in our outer lives, because we are barely connected to that aspect of us within.

Grace is the gift bestowed when you attach to the appearances of lack and limitation – being out of time and out of options – and abundance and opportunity show up anyway. Grace is what calls to you, asking what you really want when your vibration is calling to you reflections of the false-self. It shows up to remind you of who and what you are, and that you can choose how to experience whatever is happening, right when you may be at your absolute worst place for remembering and choosing.

When you find yourself in the midst of situations that make you ask “Where did this come from?”, Grace helps you take responsibility and love yourself anyway, without judgment, guilt, blame or shame. It keeps you whole when you realize that sometimes you’re unable to claim the Divinity within you, and that you’re attached to the limited ideas of your human self, experiencing fear, sadness and loneliness.  As the poet Rumi says:

“Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore.”

Grace is the Divine Love that you are, loving you.

So now you can see why I love to affirm Ease, Peace and Grace in my life always. I offer this mantra to you, and intend that it elevates your vibration so you can experience everything it is in your life now.


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Valerie Sheppard is a catastrophic-stroke survivor, mindfulness and self-mastery expert, inspirational keynote speaker, #1 best-selling author, executive leadership coach and Founding Member of the Evolutionary Business Council. She is passionate about guiding you to experience more happiness, success and fulfillment. Using the spiritual 4-Step process she created from her own journey of personal transformation, her clients are healing from the past, reprogramming negative conditioning and limiting beliefs, and creating more vibrant lives and thriving businesses.  

Valerie’s multi-award-winning, #1 international best-seller Living Happy to Be ME!: Dancing Your Soul Lightstyle© is the centerpiece of her transformational practice, which includes a curriculum for post-secondary education that's much-loved at the University of California, Irvine. She has a diverse coaching background spanning more than 25 years, including working with teens and adults, individuals and groups, executives and entrepreneurs.  She is a certified Sacred Contracts coach, and has been trained in compassionate communication, spiritual direction and HeartMath.  

Valerie is recipient of the 2016 Spotlight Award from The Dynamic Women of UCI and the Excellence in Service Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success. Other recognition includes the 2015 Unstoppable Award from the Evolutionary Business Council, the 2013 Life Enrichment Award from Rock Life, and a 2012 nomination for both the Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Award, and the National Association of Female Executives Rising Star Award.

Valerie is also Founder and Executive Director of Hearts Awakening, a CA-based 501(c)3 non-profit company through which she will take her transformational wisdom and tools to underserved young adults. She is especially interested in reaching emancipated foster youth and low-income 1st generation college students.

Connect with Valerie via email: [email protected].

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