Inspiration and Support

Inspiration and support...that's what any of us need when following a vision.  True inspiration comes from within, but sometimes it is triggered by something or something outside of ourselves.  In the case of Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center, that external something or someone was embodied in one little woman.  Frances Elizabeth Eshelman is that woman, and this week's lesson is written in memory of her.  She supplied the initial inspiration, and continued to provide support throughout the years. 

For those who don't know who this person is, she is the mother of our founding minister...Dr. Jody Evans...(that's me!)  Please allow me to share some of my memories of her which enter into what Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center is all about.

My mom was a wonderful person.  She was very smart, very kind, and very forward thinking her whole life through.  She was a spiritual seeker of Truth, and determined to apply what she learned to her everyday life.  I remember she used to tape positive affirmations all over the house!  She even had a prayer posted on the dashboard of her automobile!  She is the one who led our family to a church based on affirmative and healing prayer.  She didn't care that what she was looking for in a church was different from what we'd always had or that it was different than the family tradition.  Something different was just what she wanted!  She wanted a church that taught practical application of the principles it taught.

Well, need I say more?!  This type of thinking is at the heart of Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center!  We're a real "roll your sleeves up and dig in" kind of a church!  It's not what you know that will help you nearly so much as what you DO!  We learn through doing.  We benefit from that which we experience.  We only know so much when we only know in our head.  We have to live something to really make a difference with that which we know.  The We Can Make It Group is a good group for this, along with other programs we have, such as involvement in the Organic Learning Garden and such.

My mom went for solutions that we different from main stream.  Everyone seemed to her to complain so much that she didn't want any answers they had.  If they had the answers, then why should they always complain?  So she chose a positive church with positive-minded people for us to attend.  In fact, positive thinking itself was something taught at the church!  We are to a large extent what we think. 
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."  (Provwerbs 23:7)
When I was 12, I accepted the calling to use the awareness granted to me by God to help others in their healing journeys.  It was very clear to me what my purpose in life was to be.  That's not to say that it was always easy.  Many hard times hit along the way.  And my mother was always there, encouraging me to take the spiritual route.  She was always, always so understanding and completely supportive of me in my spiritual quest.  She understood the importance of spiritual growth and pursuits.

When I was 14 I became acquainted with the vegetarian lifestyle, and took it on for myself.  This is a lifestyle I have embraced ever since, and a very foundational part of my spiritual outlook on life.  It's more than a diet, although in my opinion and that of many experts, a vegetarian (vegan) diet is the best way to go for reasons of health.  But beyond that, it is an act of love.  This is to me a matter of compassion and respect for all life.  I have received a lot of flack over the years, because many people do not want to look at their choices.  That is their problem, not mine, but nontheless, I have been ridiculed and even met with contempt for choosing the more compassionate route. 

Well, in 1967 or 1968, the only vegetarians known were hippies and other "kooks," as they were seen by the "establishment."  But not my mom!  She was so supportive of me!  For a few years, she even went veggie with me!  And she always made sure I was adequately fed.  Trust me, this was a rarity in the hay-day of Betty Crocker and Sunday roasts.

And when I went through hard times, she was there.  Never judging.  Just loving and bringing bags of groceries to me.

My mom was there for me through the years as I pursued my studies, as well.  She must have listened to me read aloud every single college paper that I ever wrote!  We used to read together a lot.  She was my best study-buddy for sure.

She liked to study, herself.  As I mentioned, she was a student of Truth.  She went to so many classes on theology, theosophy, metaphysics, spiritual healing, natural nutrition, meditation and prayer.  She read book after book after book, and listened to countless audio tapes.  This is a love that she passed on to me.  Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center never would have occurred without her, I am sure.  She gave me the foundation to be the founder of this!

All of the plans over the years as the vision unfolded...she listened and encouraged me every step of the way.  And yes, during the hard times when I felt lost, she reminded me of where it is that I can always find peace...I find peace when I'm actively engaged in connecting witht he Mind of God and with finding ways of strengthening that connection in me.  She taught me the importance of clinging tight to the Truth, that God is in everything acting for Good.  She used to always remind me about affirmations of Truth, and about denying that negativity had any control over my life.  She was one of the strongest women I've ever known.

She was  very health minded, studying folk medicine and natural ways and teaching me from the time I was ten.  She taught me about pH balance, enzymes, food combining and so many things...kelp, lecithin, switchel and much, much more.  She always had good results with these things, which made her want to learn even more.

Then when my father died and she got older, it was time for me to teach her.  She was so pleased with what I could teach her about herbs and other things, the further my own education progressed.  My schooling continued, and she continued to listen to every paper I wrote.  Then later, when she was in the last couple of years of her life, we lived together, and I wrote her a book.  "God's Gifts of Healing: The Essentials of Life!" was written for the whole world, but mostly it was for my mom.  I dedicated the book to her, and we used it each day as the basis of her healing routine.

She was 96 when she died.  She was off all medication and doing well.  She broke her hip and the drugs took away her will to live.  It was one year ago, on December 26, 2011.  She was such a beautiful woman to know.  You can see her smile shining through in the video preview of the book, which can be found below or on my website at www.vibraceous.com.

Frances Elizabeth Eshelman is very much at the heart of Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center, and I think it's important that I share who she is...not was...because her presence is her with us.  I can say that with all confidence, because she was made of pure love.  But the We Can Make It Group in particular is so much in memory of her.  She is the perfect example of someone who can benefit from this program.  Creativity is very healing, indeed!

She delighted in helping to make things.  Being involved and using her mind and expressing herself creatively.  Some days she didn't think that she could, but almost always she did.  Her hands would shake, but she started little by little trying, and then she glued so many little pieces of paper cut out from flower catalogs to be put on empty jars.  Then we would fill up the jars with bath salts or something else we had made!  She had memory deficits at the time, so she didn't always remember the day before or that she had ever taken part in the group before, but she always, always had fun!  Well, a couple of times she needed a nap, but for the most part it was always fun.  Healing is SUPPOSED to be FUN!!! That's the whole point of the group. 

My mother and I used to practice meditation together, and we prayed together a lot.  Her favorite prayer was the Prayer for Protection, written by James Dillet Freeman.  I had the privilege of meeting him once and sending several hours with him.  What an amazing person he was!  This prayer and a poem that he wrote, entitled, "I Am There," which my Mom also introduced me to and loved, are both on the moon!  They were taken there and left by two separate astronauts!  I think that's pretty cool! 

The Prayer for Protection is very significant to me in that it is the last memory I have of my mom.  My husband, my children and I joined hands with her at her bedside on Christmas night one year ago, and she said that prayer with us, even in the condition that she was in.  I will leave you now with the prayer, and with the thought of giving support to those whom you love, and of being a positive inspiration to them.  I hope I can do that for my kids, and for that matter, the whole entire world.  That's the kind of woman my mother was, and that's the kind of woman I want to be. 

I hope you benefited by reading this.  Her whole life was a sermon to me.
The Prayer for Protection, by James Dilet Freeman

'The Light of God surrounds us, (originally "me")
The Love of God enfolds us,
The Power of God protects us,
The Presence of God watches over us,
Wherever we are, God is."

And so it is.  Amen.
Blessings to All,
"Vibraceous, ND"

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