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A Guide to Love, God, Prayer, Meditation, & Peace Within You—Right Now

Little Love Riding Hood


I was sick at heart watching my grown daughter do battle in her own life. Her unhappiness was disheartening to me. I felt powerless to do anything but watch and pray. Frustrated and in pain I asked, “How can I see her experience differently?” This beautiful story I call “Little Love Riding Hood” was my answer:

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who fell asleep. In her dream there were terrible creatures at every turn. She didn’t know where she was and all she wanted to do was go home. Home was where she was safe and beloved and alive with happiness, not here in the forest of her nightmares. If only there was a way she could find her way home!

As she was walking along the forest path she noticed a thick blue envelope adorned with loopy writing. This made her very curious. What was this doing in the forest? It did not belong. Squirrels and birds and trees belonged, but not a thick envelope the color of a robin’s egg. She decided that since it was just lying there in her path, maybe it was meant for her. So she sat down on a nearby log, fuzzy with moss, and began to read:

“Dearest Holy Child,

“I see your upturned face. Even as you are sleeping, burrowed, you are beginning to open to the experiences you are having in your dreams. You have asked for guidance in what seems a deep, dark forest of the drama of the unexpected.

“You are beginning to see clearings and light and especially, most gloriously, a path through the forest. There are still many unknown woodland creatures that startle and frighten you. You have wasted much time battling or running and hiding from these woodland friends, when they are the very ones sent to you for your help and guidance.

“The next time you are startled by the unexpected creature salivating on your path, fear not! This creature in all its hide and drama is a gift of instant reckoning — a moment in which you are reminded to pause and ask for guidance again.

“Even though you can begin to see ahead on your path (enough to know there is indeed a path), there are still pools of darkness surrounding you. There are also many other paths which crisscross yours like the thatched stitching on the edge of your cloak. These paths can distract or ruffle you. Fear not the other paths. Fear not the creatures on your path. It is your path because YOU are on it. Be committed to your own path. Be committed to learning to experience the joy, the camaraderie, and the unexpected pleasures of your own path. No one else’s path is quite like yours.

“Everyone is being guided. Every step, every stumble, every experience of vertigo is part of their guidance. Definitely, assuredly, completely, always. Each creature you find that seems to block your path has been sent to you specifically to enrich your awareness of your very own path. Give thanks for these beautiful ones; receive them as the gifts they truly are. You will be guided whether or not to have conversations or tea with these woodland friends or whether to step aside and let them rumble by, unimpeded by your presence.

“They, too, are on their path.

“Look for the hummingbird, for this dear little creature will most definitely guide you. It is the sign to open your eyes in wonder of the beauty that surrounds you. This humming gift, this clicking, zooming, diving friend, is sent to you to enjoy, to love, to greet and to allow. It needs nothing from you. Simply notice it, love it, marvel at its acrobatics, and thrill to the unusual but effective mating dance.

“This dear little bird is a king amongst the fauna—powerful, rapidly maneuvering, and delighted in its own hummingbird-ness. You can always trust this dear one. It will not lead you astray. She will only remind you of your own path and its attendant gifts and treasures. Give thanks for this one. She is your spirit animal. No harm will befall her; no harm can come to you.

“Enjoy the dance and love your path. The path of another is also glorious and not to be pitied in any way. For that one not only chose her path but revels in it. Her path is not her prison; her path is her cathedral, her place of glory and worship.

“You, too, can glory and worship your truth and being. You are a marvel and a part of the Big Marvel.

“Fear Not Your Path.

“Love all the woodland creatures.

“Ask for guidance.

“Ask if you feel uncertain. Ask if you feel certain.

“Ask for fun. Ask for adventure. Ask for peace.

“ASK – Always Send the King.”

As she finished reading the beautiful letter, the little girl knew she was awake now from what had merely been a bad dream. All she had to do was ask and all would be revealed. Oh happiness of happinesses! She was always being guided! And she was already home.

Epilogue: It is true. All I ever have to do is ask. Ask and ye shall receive: answers, guidance, blessings, and peace.

  • maryann guerrero

    I feel sometimes so lost so helpless in my life that I have seen my family myself go thru so much pain and suffering , this has been going on for years so so many years so much hate so much sadness, I do pray alot and see our tunnels getting darker and darker every year…first of all i have been through so much raising a child my nephew that has a disability now he is 18 i got custody at 11 yrs old i went through so much in that much time frame with him but he has a disability that he is 18 with a mind of 12-13 yrs old and it seems like its not getting any easier i feel like i have to walk in egg shells with him everyday I do not have no peace but i love him so much as he is my own child but i need to focus on my other child that is 15 Tino my nephew took those years from John when Tino III sepeda  needed me and now John is very angry has with him seeing him  treat me so bad …how can i heal from this i need prayer so deeply ….as for my family mother, brothers,sisters and myself we have always struggled with financial never seem to get on top always at the bottom things always happen all of us are in the same boat its like someone wished my entire family bad luck or something  so much hate since my dad passed away 2007 the family has fallen apart..my family suffers so much with health as well i believe in miracles …please guide us through this and rebuke evil from my entire family pls pray for our family pls pray for me and my family …thank you god

  • Sally

    Eva, this is such a wonderful teaching, sharing and reminder for me having a grown daughter who has battled with herself throughout her life. Your story has definitely helped me to see her situation differently and move into “right mind”, recognizing I have not been seeing the truth within her life and that nothing needs to be fixed or healed. Thank you for this beautiful love-filled blessing! 

  • Sister Eva

    Dearest One, thank you for your aching words and request for guidance.  See this, too, as exactly perfect.  Dear One, your path is honored, hallowed even.  You see it for what it is in this moment, full of darkness, suffering and desire.  Let yourself be still and give thanks.  Give thanks dearest One for the smallest treasure in your midst, a cup of coffee, a well made bed, the turning of the seasons.  Know that in this small exercise of gratitude you are signaling your heart to open, to gather its force of love and to be expressed.  Practice this daily, each morning in utter quiet, even for five minutes.  Give thanks in the silence.  Give thanks for the silence.  Give thanks.  You are not forgotten. You are beloved in every way.  Open your eyes to the hope that presents itself.

  • Sister Eva

    Sally, you are such a precious friend and dearling.  Thank you for your words of love and kindness.  It IS such a healing to see All IS Well, isn’t it. xoxo

  • Roger F. Harris

    MaryAnn, I can identify with you and your struggles. My wife and I have been through some “tough times” with my stepson.  Since 2007, we have had medical issues, financial issues, etc. and last summer I had a heart attack.  We should all feel sorry for those people who don’t believe in God, because I would hate to believe “our current world is as good as it gets”!!  If you haven’t read the book “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo, please do!  A four year old goes to heaven and comes back to his earth family!  His personal account of what heaven is like is INSPRIRATIONAL!!  MaryAnn, if you are not a “born again” Christian, please ask God to come into your life and turn over all of your troubles to him!  He is your best friend and he will love and support you through your struggles in everyday life.  Did you know that God knows you are his child and it pains him to see you struggle?  Why do we have struggles…to build a strong bond between God and yourself. Let him work a miracle in your life!  My stepson is identified by the medical community as a “slow learner”. Recently, even though I have been a born again Christian since 1976, I was at my lowest morale that I have been. Then my wife went to a Christian Women’s Conference and she bought a CD disk by a Christian singing group called SELAH.  Please go the internet YOUTUBE and type in the box “SELAH – I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS!  This song brought me out of my depression almost immediately and it gave me PEACE that I hadn’t felt in months!  I am a retired Marine Corps Officer and God is my closest friend.  I just said a prayer that God will draw closer to you and your family and that you will all feel PEACE and GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU ALL!
    I would like to talk to you more, so that SATAN WILL RELEASE YOU FROM HIS GRIP!  Any thing that is “negative” of this world is SATAN AND HIS EVIL SPIRITS and anything that is PEACE and LOVE IS FROM GOD!!!!!!!!!  May God Bless you and your family bountifully!  Trust him and he will take you through this world’s struggles! Please don’t forget to read the book, “HEAVEN IN FOR REAL!”.  My writing you this E-Mail is of “divine order”…God directed me to your E-Mail!  Semper Fi!  Roger F. Harris, Major, USMC, Retired.

  • anony

    i just thought of sharing i don’t whether it makes sense to anyone but it makes sense to me ,wen i asked god to help to get the highest in exams and i just started not taking my studies seriously (but felt unhappy on the inside),that time dreamed something which was so much connected to my studies and where i prayed to god for something (in my dream) and it was a draw(like was some kind of competition and draw happened and then our team was told to shoot one out of three arrows to win it,,and amazingly all three got struck to the point where it exactly should and we won) and then i heard something like even if the situation goes this way u r only going to win because u prayed for that (prayed for getting the highest ),,,,,,,just thought of sharing 🙂

  • Nelochic

    This article is so amazing. Infact i was so encouraged within me after reading it. I just wish my friends on facebook and twitter will find it as helpful as a did. May God Bless you Paul for sending this article to me.

  • Nelochic

    This article is so amazing. Infact i was so encouraged within me after reading it. I just wish my friends on facebook and twitter will find it as helpful as a did. May God Bless you Paul for sending this article to me.

  • Alanavanvalkenburg

    Thank You ! i absolutly love this , I will be sendind this to many family and friends ….