Working With the Law of the Universe

The Law’s of “Attraction” and “Cause and Effect” are just as sure and true as the Law of Gravity. Life is all about observing these Laws and figuring out how to work with them instead of against them.

Back in 1994 when it was decided once and for all that I’d pursue life as a musician, it seemed impossible.

I needed a cd of my songs, and wasn’t making much money at the time, so the plan had to be a very creative one.

An acquaintance owned a recording studio and he invited me to stop in and check the place out, so I did.

It wasn’t a great plan, but it was the best I could come up with at the time. Every month I would go to the studio with my guitar, and just play a song and record it. Then at the end of ten-twelve months, I would figure out what to do next and where to get the money to press cd’s from.

I decided fully within myself that this was my plan, and in doing so, activated the Universal Laws. I was “all in.”

Soon an angel appeared.

It was someone that I hadn’t seen or heard from in a while and so I just stopped in to see how he was doing. As it turned out, he was at a pretty low point in life, having within that last year, lost both his parents.

We talked, we played music together, and I told him all about my plans. Then off I went back to Atlanta, promising to stay in touch and keep him “in the loop”.

The next day I booked the first studio session for the next week, and called my friend to let him know, as I’d promised to do.

And this was when things changed.

He told me that he had some money that his parents had left him, and that he was going to pay to record my cd right now, and also to get me a thousand copies made. When I asked what he would want in return or how I he would want me to pay him back, he said, “I just want to see the smile on your face.”

And if you want stories, I’ve got a million of them. (though this is one of my favorites.)

But the key to this story is not the story, it is the conviction, the decision, and the plan I made and intended on carrying out, no matter what. In doing these things, the Universal Laws were activated.

It doesn’t always happen so quickly. It doesn’t always happen so easily. It never seems possible.

But it is possible.

kyle_ssi_006If you need a little help in life, please call me! Schedule your phone, Skype, or in-office session today, and let’s get busy! 912-495-8520 or kyle@thespiritcenter.us

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In A Cabin Somewhere…

IMG_4333Somewhere in the mountains of North Carolina there is a cabin. It is really dark, but the cabin is lit up and quite easy to find.

On the front screened in porch, Lesta Sue and Elizabeth sit in rockers, sharing their souls and obviously in a world of their own. They welcome me, but should get back to what they were sharing together.

Paula and Stephen too are engrossed in conversation.

In the other room there is wine and coffee and even some special ginger-ale that is said to cure most any ailment. There are crackers and nuts and Charlene has smoked salmon that is especially for Reverend Dale.

Bradley is here, and my Spirit sister Bunni says that I don’t have to pay her for her wonderful soap, but I happily will. (You should try it! Just click HERE)

Susan just emits her bright glowing light, and occasionally speaks, but the words are drown out by the light and vibration that is constantly flowing from her. (not that I don’t listen closely to you Susan)

Reverends Margaret and David are here, and the conversation is very animated. Heavy discussion is going on about different spiritual ideas and there are others here too…

Everyone is so alive!

Annette from Unity of Wilmington comes in with a friend, and thank goodness. Just the night before last, they were yelling at us to, “Be quite we are trying to sleep over here!”

Yes I had been involved… Charlene and I had burst out in the call and response song, “I am, I am, the Light, the Light, of God, of God…” and it had seemed like a really good idea at the time.

As Charlene said, “I could say I’m sorry but I’m really not.”

Reverend Dale and I go outside so that he can have his nightly cigar, and I fire up one of my organic cigarettes. Several others soon join us.

But even though this is our last night together, people start quietly excusing themselves to go back to their respective cabins. None of us slept much this week.

Charlene and I are the last of the outside smokers, and she tells me that the talk I gave last year in Myrtle Beach about my self-realization, jolted her into her own self-realization. We agree that everything is just already so perfect that it is easy to miss.

Back in my room it is now 2 a.m. but I will get up at 7 to pack and get my things together. It will be time to check out, get breakfast and then be in place for the closing ceremony.

This week was filled with so many beautiful Spirits from so many places, so much inspiration and enthusiasm, and so much genuine love.

It is a tough life living here in Heaven, but somebody has to do it!

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Home and Inspired

Just returned from a spiritual retreat in North Carolina, and it was yet another beautiful life experience.

It feels a little like cheating because at a retreat, everyone is happy and polite. Everyone is all about the love and you get so much encouragement and inspiration, and best of all, people say, “You can do it and I see your power and I believe in you!

Enter the real world.

And I am bound and determined to bring the retreat back home to be a part of the real world.

It is always my goal to inspire, to be cheerful, and to be a positive force in the world, but sometimes we all (yes, even me) need to stop and get some gas.

Savannah Kanuga 2014Kanuga 2014 with Stephen Caywood, Becky Barbee, Mimi Guy Mendrela, and the Reverend Dale Worley. Yours truly in the middle. 

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Why All the Gratitude?

World Gratitude DayI sat straight up in bed.

“Recognition is a form of praise. Description is a form of praise. Even to describe what we do not like magnifies its importance and spreads out its impacts. “Let none of you imagine evil,” said Zachariah, the Old Testament prophet. He gathered all imaginings against ourselves and our fellow beings under one heading and warned humanity to speak only Truth to our neighbor.” 

This is from a book by Ruth L. Miller called “Unveiling Your Hidden Power” and this is one amazing book. The Reverend Dale Worley suggested it to me several times, and so I got a copy recently, and have carried it with me everywhere for the past week.

This short paragraph tells us why it is so important to develop an “attitude of gratitude”. It tells us why half the people on Facebook are listing things that they are grateful for every day.

It tells us that what we say is going to grow.

This is no doubt the most difficult thing for many of us. I can rattle off a gratitude list with the best of them, and follow it up with a, “but I have no idea where the money is going to come from next month”.

“Sure, this is good and that is good, and everything is great, but let me tell you what I’m worried about…”

And I have to tell you that this is why it is so important to surround myself with people who are practicing a spiritual program of some sort and trying to grow. This is why we need each other.

The people around me help me to keep my focus on the good. Keeping my focus more and more on what I am grateful for, and praising everything and everyone, causes all that stuff to grow!

Are you serious enough about this to listen to yourself?

kyle_ssi_001Kyle Shiver is an inspirational speaker and spiritual counselor. To schedule your phone, Skype, or in-office visit call 912-495-8520 or e-mail Kyle@thespiritcenter.us

 

 

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This Morning’s Church

Sometimes it doesn’t make any sense.

Then at other times it makes perfect sense.

It is the game I play where other people are me, and so through them, I am speaking to myself. And this has been an interesting week, more so than usual. As you might imagine, there were times when I get very mixed messages.

But I have learned to weed through things somewhat.

Sometimes the negative messages that I don’t like are exactly what I need to hear, and sometimes not.

It is the same with the positive messages though, so the game isn’t about what may be “negative” or “positive”.

The game is about figuring out what I need to hear.

Today I overslept. It is Sunday and last night my band didn’t play. This morning I had no church event scheduled to be at. We go to church sometimes when I’m not involved, but sometimes we don’t. Today I think I just wanted the day off.

Heather told Lily and I, “Well let your daddy have his coffee and then we are going to have our own church service.” She said, “We’ll read some out of the bible or some scripture and then have prayer and meditation time.”

Lily laughed and said, “I don’t know how to meditate so I don’t have to do it.” to which Heather replied, “Oh yes you do and you will!”

Looks like I’m going to church weather I want to or not.

Now, I know already that God is everywhere. I know already that wherever I am at, is “church”. And I also know that what Heather wants is for us to do something together as a family. And if I shared a bit of our strange schedule with you, this would be very understandable.

So my presence is being strongly requested.

Now that I’ve finished my coffee, it is off to church I go!

Clowning around at the Jeckyll Island Club

Clowning around at the Jeckyll Island Club

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Letting It All Out (part 3)

Secrets are how we keep ourselves separate from other people. Secrets set us apart. The secrets that I keep are what make me more terrible than anyone else. My secret is so bad, so terrible, that I am convinced that I cannot tell another human being.

I am “different” and I am “bad”.

“This is going to the grave with me” we say.

Seems to me it is going to take you to your grave sooner than need be, because your secrets are poison. Yet we hang on to them as if they are gold. As if they are more precious than anything.

I know that in many cases we men are told that we need to be tough. We are all told “you shouldn’t feel that way”. We feel sometimes that we shouldn’t be bothered by the things that bother us. Maybe we think that we should be stronger than we are.

But secrets are sneaky.

They have this very subtle way of not only making us “different” than others, but they can become our excuse or our crutch. An example of that would be someone thinking, “I am an alcoholic because I was sexually abused as a child.” We are simply not aware of the ramifications of saying things like this.

If this were true, then to deal with your being abused as a child would mean that you couldn’t be an alcoholic anymore.

See?

So not only do we hang on to our isolated separateness, we hang on because our secrets and our excuses are the only way we know to justify ourselves. This is all that we know. It is all that we have known. So to touch it, or to be honest with someone, would threaten us in a big way.

How would you justify your alcoholism(or whatever your problem may be) if you gave up your excuse?

But what if we take this thought process just a little bit further. What if we consider dealing with those secrets or those bad things that have happened to us? What if we consider that there might be a way to possibly process that stuff, and heal from that stuff, and then turn our negative response(the trouble in our lives) into a positive response?

What if?

You can get sober. You can lose the weight. You can make more money and make a better life for yourself. You can learn how to have more healthy relationships. And I can tell you that all of these things are possible because it is possible for you to do the inner work.

All the work is done on the inside.

I hope that each of us has at least one person in the world who know’s everything. You sure don’t need to go posting all your deepest darkest secrets on Facebook, and you sure don’t need to tell everyone in the world about it. (though sometimes people do that in order to help other’s who have had the same or similar experiences and this is a positive response for these people)

But just to start, I am going to invite you to choose a person that you can trust. It could be a friend, or it could be a minister or a priest, or a counselor. It can even be someone that you don’t know and that you’ll never see again.

But get it out!

Kyle Shiver INHA

Kyle Shiver INHA

Kyle Shiver is an inspirational speaker and spiritual counselor currently living in Savannah Georgia. To schedule your phone, Skype, or in-office visit, call 912-495-8520 or e-mail kyle@thespiritcenter.us

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An Imaginary Conversation with Eckhart Tolle’

dff771a88da0299a79e4d110.L._V192546980_SX200_(Dear reader, this is an imaginary conversation with Eckhart Tolle. Just for the record, he doesn’t like coffee because he says it makes him jumpy)

Kyle- Mr. Tolle thank you so much for joining me today. I’ve read your books and am a big fan of yours

Eckhart- Well thank you Kyle… for having this… imaginary conversation with me. It’s quite flattering.

Kyle- Your books and your ideas are not new, but the way you present information is really helping a lot of people and you have become very famous. How does that feel?

Eckhart- I just feel like me. There is nothing else that I know really, except for me.

Kyle- One of your sayings that I quote a lot is when you talk about, “If being enlightened is something that you are going to do, something that you are going to achieve at some point in the future, then you’ve already missed it.” I think this is the most difficult concept for me and I know for many others. I mean, what do we do? We don’t feel “enlightened”, so we continue to seek it. And then, you say that we are missing it.

Eckhart- But you are already enlightened and everything is already perfect. It is inside of you and all you have to do is wake up!

Kyle- But this idea that I don’t have to do anything is sometimes over my head. Sometimes I get it, but then I find myself back to “trying” again. I can’t just sit in meditation all the time doing nothing.

Eckhart- Of course not, you wouldn’t want to sit permanently in meditation… Let’s say that you wake up in the morning and you brush your teeth. That is a good idea. Perhaps while on your way to work, or in your case Kyle, while having your morning coffee in your garage office, someone just comes strongly into your mind. You should call them and let them know! Then someone will contact you. Things will happen. Your wife will want to know what you are doing and if you can pick up Lily from school. There are responsibilities that you have, such as cutting the grass, writing your blog, and by the way, judging by the looks of your calendar over there, you need to book some October gigs for your band. You do what there is for you to do, but you can do these things and stay in the moment.

Kyle- So to my readers, I need to let them know that they are enlightened right now. That all the answers are inside of them. That they are perfect.

Eckhart- Yes! It isn’t anywhere else. There is nothing that is anywhere else. The idea is to be awake right now in this moment. And when you are awake in this moment, you are very much experiencing enlightenment.

Kyle- You know Mr. Tolle, I think that we all have this idea of an enlightened person being someone like “Jesus” or one of the famous guru’s, or someone like you.

Eckhart- Well Kyle, you are someone just like Jesus was, or just like any of the famous guru’s, and you are someone just like I am, aren’t you?

Kyle- Yes. Yes I see your point, though I admit that I still have the tendency to see other people as separate or different, and even better than me.

Eckhart- But you know better! You know that we aren’t separate in any real way. That is only an illusion.

Kyle- It feels really good to be here now with you Mr. Tolle, and to be enlightened with you in this moment. Thank you again for your time.

Eckhart- Time? Oh, we will leave that discussion for… another time.

at Kanuga 2013

at Kanuga 2013

Kyle Shiver is a spiritual healer and inspirational speaker currently living in Savannah Georgia. To schedule a phone, Skype, or in-office visit with Kyle, please call 912-495-8520 or e-mail kyle@thespiritcenter.us

If you haven’t read “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle’… now would be a good time!

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Growing Pains

Let’s face it, growing is uncomfortable. I guess that is where the old idea of “growing pains” comes from.

But we all want to grow.

We want to make more money, have better relationships, accomplish our goals and intentions, and just generally get better at certain aspects of our lives. And this is the way it is supposed to be I am sure.

Seeing how other people aren’t going to change, money isn’t going to change, our goals and intentions are all there just waiting, and those “certain aspects” of our lives probably aren’t going to change themselves, it is going to be all up to us.

The bottom line is that if I want my life to be different, then I have to do different things. I have to place myself around different people. I have to be willing to put my own idea’s aside, understanding that they aren’t working anyway. It is me who has to change and adapt to the Universe, not the other way around.

And a person can tell you all about swimming and describe the experience of it to you all day long. But when you actually want to swim, this will require you getting in the water and having the experience for yourself.

When I get to feeling really uncomfortable, this is when I know that things are good. This is when I see how I can sometimes act out. This is when I see that I get anxious and nervous and stressed out.

This is when I have the opportunity to grow.

IMG_2569Kyle Shiver is an inspirational speaker and spiritual healer currently living in Savannah Georgia. To schedule a phone, Skype, or in-office appointment, call 912049508520 or e-mail kyle@thespiritcenter.us

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A Day In the Life

A few nights ago, I put on one of my beautiful white linen shirts and went to Tybee Island, where Micheal Elliott and I had called a meeting.

“This meeting will be to discuss the possibility of starting a spiritual center on Tybee”, read the description on the Facebook event I had created. Judging from the number of people who said they would attend, and the feedback I had gotten, it appeared that we would have a good crowd of interested people show up, and we did.

Earlier in the day my wife had asked me, “What should I do? Should I come?” and I told her that, “It would be nice if you were there, but I’d like for you to do what you feel led to do.” I did want her to be there, but only if she wanted to be there.

That day, Micheal and I had a long telephone pow wow, in which we went over the general game plan for the evening. It had been a month or so since I had approached Micheal and told him what I was thinking, and then said, “I want you to do this with me”.

Our pre-meeting pow wow  was good, and it was “all systems go”.

Julia Foster, who is still grieving the loss of her beloved long-time partner Ronnie, had agreed to let us have the meeting at her house. After all, it had been Julia who instigated this whole thing. (but that is another story) Her back yard is paved, there are tables and chairs everywhere, it is basically like a wonderful outdoor restaurant/party place.

And true to Tybee Island, our 6:30 p.m. meeting began right around 7 on the dot.

There were approximately 25 people in attendance. It was a good crowd of some I didn’t know, some familiar faces, some of my dearest Spirits, there was Micheal and Sarah, and sure enough, my wife came and brought Lily Belle with her.

I smiled.

Then I activated the success of the evening with affirmative prayer. Then welcomed everyone and thanked everyone for coming, and explained that we were there to talk about the possibility of opening a spiritual center on Tybee, and said, “I want to be your spiritual leader.”

With that statement I officially moved into my next phase of personal growth and healing.

I won’t start naming names because I don’t want to leave anyone out, but will say that we had some great questions. Micheal answered questions about our involvement or affiliation with Tybee Church and explained that he and I want to start something brand new. Then I gave a general overview of our vision of the center/church and answered questions concerning that.

Then suddenly someone said, “Well let’s hear from the other half!” and all eyes descended upon my lovely bride, who incidentally is easily the most beautiful soul I’ve ever known.

“Me?” she exclaimed.

After it was made clear that the crowd wanted to hear from her, she commenced to saying the nicest things about me that anyone has ever said. And nobody knows me like Heather does. I won’t try to quote her, but she basically said that I am the kind of person who has to do something that he cares about and that means something to him. She admitted that she hadn’t seen this coming, but that I seem to be really good at helping people. She said that I am a great spiritual leader.

There were a few more questions for me to answer after that, and then we all held hands and I “prayed us out”.

Micheal said to me, “I would say that the meeting was a success and it couldn’t have gone any better”.

And I am grateful.

We’ll be having our second meeting on Monday September 22nd at 119 Lewis Avenue on Tybee, and YOU are welcome to attend! The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. If you’d like to learn more about my partner Micheal Elliott, please visit HERE

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Letting It All Out (part 2)

Your life is kind of like the dashboard in your car.

You might have a door ajar, or you might need to check oil now. Or when that little yellow light starts flashing, you’ve got about twenty miles worth of gasoline left. Some of the newer models will even tell you that one of your tires needs some air.

We can ignore all these signals if we want to, but what is going to happen?

I ignored all the signals. I had another drink, another toke, did another line, found another girlfriend, and told myself underneath my breath, “Everything is cool man, you can handle this”.

The signals got bigger. The lights were flashing, strange sounds were occurring, and then I found myself stranded. I had it in drive, I was accelerating, and finally I heard the engine chug a few times, saw the smoke coming out of the tail-pipe, and… that was it.

I was going nowhere.

So I opened up the door and got out, only to find that I was sitting in a group therapy session. I had been hospitalized. I was surrounded by a bunch of other losers who had all driven their cars to the final death too. Then there was the guy in the white shirt and tie who was smiling at me.

He was happy and I hated him for it.

“I just don’t get all this God shit” I said, to which he leaned forward and smiled and exclaimed, “Who do you think you are boy?”

It would have been really great to have our following interaction on video, but there is no video or even dictation of it. All I can say is that I unzipped the bag and threw it all out there on the table. I told this guy what I thought about everything, and how I was feeling about everything, and for the first time in my life I just said it all.

All the things I wasn’t supposed to say. All the things I wasn’t supposed to feel. All the things I wasn’t supposed to think. All the things I wasn’t supposed to be, that I was. All the things that made no sense to me. All the things and people I hated. I just threw it all out all over the place.

Something started dying, and something started being born.

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