Beacon Of Hope

Beacon of HopeMedium: Oil

Size: 20 X 20, gallery wrapped canvas

Price: SOLD

Photo Reference: Andi St. Germain Photography

Throughout this election season, I have been wanting to paint what I am feeling. This is what I came up with as I thought about my hope for our country. There are days that my thoughts are very black. But, always, there is a point of light – a beacon calling to me to have faith and hope – a beacon of hope. To acknowledge that while times are dark and uncertain, to look around me at the acts of kindness that are happening, at the people who believe in love, not hate. To remember who we are, and what we stand for.

Prints are available if you also need a Beacon of Hope to hang on your wall.


You Can Do Just About Anything If You Believe You Can

Have you ever felt like the world was against you?  Most of us have, even though many of us live in one of the richest countries in the world.  We feel like we have been short changed. We believe that if we were smarter, if our bodies were perfect, or if we had more money we could be successful.  We believe we could accomplish great things, if only things were different..

I firmly believe that if we have a passion for something, if we are willing to put in the effort rather than sit back and look for someone to take care of us, we can do just about anything.

I watched two videos today, and I’m not quite sure which one moves me the most. The first was of a young girl playing the piano in concert.  It was fascinating, and moved my heart.  She had no fingers on her right hand.  If you were just listening to her, you would not have known.

The second was a video of a young man who had lived on the streets since he was five.  He survived by peddling gum and sodas and sleeping in public toilets. Just listen to him!

I feel I can only share one video with you, and I am choosing to share the video of the homeless boy.  Please watch this in the privacy of your home.  It would be too loud for you to watch at work, because I guarantee you will want to turn the volume up on your computer.

What do you want to accomplish in your lifetime?

What legacy will you leave?


Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator.  She is also a Usui Reiki Master and EFT practitioner.  Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life.  You can also find Georgia on her website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.   Georgia may also be reached at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.


The Woman Who Thinks She Can

Have Faith in yourself; Faith in the Source

Religious leaders tell us to have “faith”, but they fail to tell people how to have faith.  They have not told anyone that faith is a state of mind, and applies to every aspect of your life, not just your religion. 

Your belief or faith is the primary building block to the action of your subconscious mind.  It is the foundation of your character.  Most twelve step programs capitalize on this concept by suggesting that you act as if what you want/desire is already true, i.e., as if you were already in possession of the physical reality which you desire.  The more you practice this behavior, the more “real” it becomes until it is second nature and has manifested into reality.

The mind begins to take on the character of the thoughts that dominate it.  This is why it is critical to encourage and practice positive emotions as the primary energy of your mind, and discourage negative emotions.  If you think back on your life, and what you have told yourself over and over about who you are, and what you are capable of,  has it come to be, whether true or not?  Each of us is what we are because of the prevailing thoughts with which we occupy our minds. 

I am reminded of John, a man I have known for a very long time.  He has told himself since he was a child that he is stupid, slow, and unintelligent.  He believes this with his whole being.  He struggles with reading – he is dyslexic – and he can’t spell, or construct grammatically correct sentences.  And, if you sit down to talk to him about the history of the United States since World War I, he can keep you enthralled for hours.  He can accomplish this enormous task, even if you have no interest in history.  But, because of his beliefs about himself, he struggles in many areas of his life, and has nothing positive to say about himself in relation to most of society. He considers himself a failure.  We are working on creating a positive self image by recognizing and celebrating his successes.  When he doesn’t allow himself to be frustrated by his physical challenges, he is brilliantly alive with his greatness.

Faith is the “miracle” of life, which gives strength, focus and clarity to the energy of thought.

Faith is the only known answer to FAILURE.  It helps you keep your eye on the goal.  It encourages you to learn lessons from the obstacles placed in your way.  It keeps you going even though what you are trying and practicing may not be yielding the results you desire. 

Thomas Edison did over 3,000 experiments before he perfected the light bulb.  He had faith in his dreams. 

So, how do you have Faith; faith in yourself, your abilities and your strength?

  • Write down your major purpose.  Commit it to memory and repeat it, out loud and frequently throughout the day.  Say it with emotion, and passion. 

Compare this purpose to a seed you are planting, fertilizing and watering on a daily basis.  It will begin to germinate, grow and multiply itself over and over again, until it becomes an integral part of who you are.

  • Make a list of your strengths, gifts and beliefs.  If you are struggling with moving forward with your greatest desire, you may find that your greatest weakness is lack of self-confidence.   Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, and Jack Canfield, The Success Principles, suggest some steps you can take to build your self-confidence. 
    • Acknowledge that you have the ability to achieve your purpose in life.  Promise that you will take persistent, continuous action toward it’s attainment.
    • Concentrate your thoughts for 30 minutes daily on who you are willing to be, creating a clear and focused mental picture of that person.
    • Spend 10 minutes each day to the development of self-confidence by creating tests for situations that cause you discomfort.
    • Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 until you have developed enough self-confidence to reach success in your purpose in life.
    • Make it a principle in your to life to not participate or engage in any endeavor that does not benefit everyone whom it affects. 
  • Your passion for your purpose will attract others of like mind, and because of your willingness to serve others, you will inspire others to do the same. 
  • Success will be yours when you lead authentically, because you believe in others, and in yourself. 

I am reminded of a poem, written by Walter D. Minten, entitled “The (Wo)Man Who Thinks (S)He Can

If you think you are beaten, you are,

If you think you dare not, you don’t

If you like to win, but you think you can’t,

It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost

For out of the world we find,

Success begins with a person’s will –

It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,

You’ve got to think high to rise,

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster (wo)man

But soon or late the one who wins

Is the one WHO THINKS (S)HE CAN!

National Forgiveness Day

Forgiveness takes a lot of Faith

That faith comes more easily if we are not fully buying into the system of separation. But it also has to do with the heart.

Often it is an intuitive flash that tells us that not forgiving, but holding vengeful, hateful thoughts, is actually more damaging to our own system. This poison of hate and resentment will also affect the person we are projecting those thoughts onto, but in the end it is going to hurt us more.

So forgiveness is the willingness to let go–of our self-importance, our pride, our hurt, our resentment, and the feeling that we have to get our pound of flesh.

Deep inside us we do know the truth, that we are not separate and that we are love. When we awaken to the truth, about our real self and thus to love, we do not proudly and self-importantly pamper and cherish ourselves. We love ourselves in a much more respectful way, all the while knowing that our and others’ baggage does not matter. It does not have to be important. That is true nobility of soul.

As Alexander Pope said, ‘To err is human, to forgive divine.’ Learning to forgive is the very real awakening of our divine nature.

October 30th is National Forgiveness Day

The Center Of Unconditional Love (COUL) is dedicated to creating as awareness and understanding of the power of love and the joy of forgiveness in producing good health, happiness, and stress-free living in the lives of individuals and in our home, work, and worship environments.

With this mission in sight, we celebrate October as Forgiveness Month, the week of Oct. 24-31 as Forgiveness Week, and Saturday, Oct. 30, on the 5th annual National Forgiveness Day.

Volunteers and organizations such as yours will celebrate the joy of forgiveness by publishing/printing/distributing/sharing forgiveness information and copies of the “Power Of Love Joy Of Forgiveness Health & Wellness Plan” with as many people aspossible by email, newsletters, publications, worship center bulletin inserts, flyers, word-of-mouth, etc.   Please enjoy   The goal is to reach 5 million people this year.

Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and leadership transition coach, writer, and workshop facilitator.  She is also a Usui Reiki Master.  Georgia specializes in career, business and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life.  Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life.  You can also find her on her websites, , and  Georgia can be reached at (402) 304-1902 or you can schedule a 30 minute consultation via Automated Appointment.

To My Friends

Source: Flickr Creative Commons
Source: Flickr Creative Commons

When we relate to another as a thing our experience is flat and lacking in depth.  We never really share ourselves; we touch on surfaces alone.  When we relate to others as spiritual beings, our experience opens into a ‘vertical dimension’ that stretches toward infinity . . . We become confidantes – literally, those who come together in faith.  And it is not through this faith – – the faith of creeds and dogmas – – but the simple ‘animal faith’ of resting in communion with each other and with the natural world of soil and sunlight that we touch the divine.  ~ Gary Kowalski. UU Minister.  The Souls of Animals.

Last night a group of friends gathered at my house for an Open Circle I host every month.  Our discussion revolved around connections with the animal kingdom and how we think we fit in.  Part of the lesson was the above quote.  The discussion centered around several questions, but the one that sticks in my mind is this:  How would you describe your place (or humanity’s place) in the family of things?  Does your understanding of that place require or request anything of you?

Part of the conversation wrapped around how our animal friends are much more capable of just “being” than we are.  The human race has been both blessed and cursed with the ability to “think” at a much higher level than most animals creatures.  While this blessing allows us to analyze and plan, it also curses us with the ability to obsess over the past and worry about the future.  We are scurrying around in our heads so much we don’t pay much attention to where we are and who we are with in the moment.  Animals, on the other hand, behave and act from who they are.  When loved and cared for, they bless us with unconditional love and are ready to just “be” with us at any moment in time. 

Don’t worry, I will get somewhere with this.  Over the last several years, I have been actively living a life of heart connection rather than living in my head so very much of the time.  Now, I don’t always succeed in stepping out of my head quickly enough, but I’m getting better and better all the time. (Practice does make perfect.)  It occurs to me that because of this, my divine path is opening up before me and that the more I open myself to my heart, and the act of being in heartfelt communion with whomever I am with, the path will grow wider and wider as I move forward.  My place in the family of things requests this of me; this is my purpose:  Creating connections

My circle of friends is growing exponentially, both on a face to face level and through the time/space continuum (what I call the Internet and the telephone).  My friends bless me with their presence daily.  They include me in their life experiences – in joy and in sorrow.  We help each other and we share the energy of life with each other. 

Today, I say thank you for being my friend and send you unconditional love, the very best gift I can give when I am being who I am.