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Just a Little Bit More

chai tea latteDon’t you love it when someone does something special for you?

I have to admit…I’m addicted to Starbucks Chai Tea Latte—Venti size….I buy and drink one of these at least twice a week.  We have a Starbucks station where I work.  The baristas now know my regular order and make it just the way I like.  They carefully put on a lid and a cup sleeve too and then hand my drink to me with a smile.  It’s a nice way to start the morning. 

I’m sure that Starbucks trains these people because I receive the same excellent service whenever I stop at a Starbucks on the road and order my favorite.  Always with a smile and always putting a lid on and sleeve for me.

I’m bringing this up because the other day I was on the road and I wanted a chai tea latte, but didn’t see a Starbucks.  Instead I stopped at another chain coffee shop and ordered my usual.  And while service was with a smile and the tea flavor itself was OK, I got handed a cup and was then handed a lid to put on myself.  I did so, but noted that I had to put on the lid myself, when I was so used to having it put on for me.  Also I had to ask where the sleeves were—right in front of me—duh!  But again, I had to put the sleeve on for myself.   It was a very small thing, but it made me think when I got my usual Starbuck service a few days afterwards.

I think this is why Starbucks is so popular—they go those extra steps to ensure my comfort.  You can call me spoiled, but I like that extra service.  It’s thoughtful and just goes beyond what may be normal.  Next time I’m traveling, I’ll probably not stop at the place I went—but will seek out a better experience with a Starbucks.

I’m using this experience to demonstrate a couple of points, of course.  First point: When we figure out what we do like, we can better figure out what we don’t like.  This is contrast and we know earth is full of contrasting experiences.    Now this experience of mine was a very subtle and minor experience in contrast and yet I’m a better and happier consumer because of it. 

Which leads me to my second point: if you’re running a business or simply being a citizen on this planet and you’re given the opportunity to go that extra few feet (not even a mile); do so.  If we all just do “a little bit more” from picking up a tossed coffee cup on the ground and putting into the trash, to volunteering at a senior citizen’s home once a month or anything such act of “a little bit more” in between—not only do we benefit as a person, but the earth and its people does as well.  Let’s do a little bit more to continue and raise the vibration of our world.  It may just make it a better place to live.  And isn’t that what we’re really looking for?  Aren’t we all just looking for just a little bit more happiness and joy?

With Love and Light Blessings Always,

Blake Cahoon, Founder and Co-Creator
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being
Pleasant Prairie, WI
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 Blake loves her chai tea and traveling.  Her daily conversations with her Divine Guidance Team provide inspiration and guidance.  Learn more about us on the web!

Can You Say Contrast?

yin yang, contrast, balanceCan you say ‘contrast’? What does contrast mean to you?

Contrast in the terms which the Divine Guidance Team speaks in means how our planet, Earth, operates. It was intentionally set up this way for maximum expansion opportunities for humans to experience. In soul-being terms, our planet is the Harvard or Yale of planets – it is the cream of the crop in experiential experiences that allows the soul-being to expand the greatest. This is because of the wide range of contrasts the planet and its inhabitants provide on a minute-by-minute, day-by-day, week-by-week, and month-by-month and year-by-year basis.

Something new to experience—good or bad or somewhere in between, is happening within and on our world every moment of every day. Each of these experiences provides a range of contrast for us where we can expand our soul-being by soaking in the nuances and effects of that experience.

To the Divine Guidance Team, this is how they view our world—not by the bad or good, but by the range of contrasting opportunities.

And each of us can decide what events and experiences in our lives will affect us and to the extent they will affect us. Some say this comes down to attitude –how we perceive the events of our lives. Some call this perspective –how we choose to view the world.
Up to this point, we have had a wide range of contrasting experiences and the effects of those experiences may or may not have affected us. Going forward, the shades of gray that once were that surround these events will be more clearly delineated or black and white. A more clear cut picture of what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, ‘good’ or ‘bad’ as defined by you personally will emerge—slowly over the next several years. Those events that affect large groups of people will be drawing the line in the sand more clearly. Those that once ‘got away with something’ will now be made more responsible for their actions, especially when they harm other people. In contrast those events that cause great happiness and joy will produce more happiness and joy in people. Resonation of these events will linger longer –and vibrationally harder. These will be some of the effects of The Shift going forward.

With Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon & The Divine Guidance Team
Illuminated Engagements Centre of Whole-Being

When “bad” things happen in the world, Blake remembers these are examples of contrast and we can learn from these examples.