Halloween Reflection: Oneness of Spirit

oneness of spiritWhy is it that many of us feel, or notice the thinness  of the veil between this life and other dimensions around this time?  We experience presence of a loved one in sight, shiver, or simply in memory? It happens because we are focused in enjoyment.  As so many of us are spending time together, preparing jack-o-lanterns and costumes, and fun festive foods we are celebrating and focusing our energy on oneness.  Not in an obligated way, but freely.   

We are ” with you in spirit”, we are “one in spirit.”  And together, in oneness of spirit, magic happens. 

What else could be accomplished when we notice this oneness?   Not by trying, but simply by intention? What would be created through the focus of energy on how intimately and integrally we are linked?  What would we gather together and focus on?

What would we choose to influence? What would we change?  Would we create world peace? Could we create a society  that is strong and stable where everyone –  I mean everyone -experiences joy, peace and abundance?   

I believe we can. I believe we will one day understand that the power of our heartfelt thought + Our understanding that we are all one = Heaven on Earth.   

No separation from Source, simply abundant joy and peace.  

Will you join me in creating this vision? 

LIKE and SHARE this vision in your corner of the world here on social media. This Halloween, Let’s get the energy of this world and the next moving in a unified direction. 

If you haven’t already, Join our mailing list at www.inspiritedliving.com and get our daily inspirations – little reminders that our heartfelt thoughts create our reality.  

Let’s get the souls here on earth along with those that have gone before, sending the intention for oneness and a unified vision of Abundance for All.  For joy and peace, safety and security, healing and wholeness.  

Check out www.InspiritedLiving.com   Find inspiration in the stories of others in our magazine, The Streetlight,  and share your own! 

When we join together in spirit we create momentum. 

Join us in creating a place to find good news – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.  We are in the age of ascension.  We are growing in our awareness that it is time.  

It’s not something someone else can do for us.  No politician or government or boss or other authority can do this for us.   We must each take responsibility and imagine it possible.   Enjoy the vision.  Play with the thoughts of what it would feel like to live in an ascended world.  Where the Lamb could lie down with the Lion.  Envision your own life in its most perfect form.  Imagine what it would be if your perfect world and everyone else’s beautiful vision for their own lives were unified in Oneness. 

If you can imagine it, you can become it. 

In the words of singer songwriter Donald Fagan in I. G. Y – “what a beautiful world this would be. What a glorious time to be free.”

—Lynne Bryan Phipps

Design your life with intention: a step by step guide

Lynne Bryan PhippsDesign your life with intention: a step by step guide

I love designing!  I learned this at an early age when I began building tree houses by laying boards between branches.  My father had a rule that we could not nail the boards to the trees because it could harm them.  That was not only a great rule for the trees, it was also a wonderful creativity booster.  I discovered that depending on what game was on for the day, or how many neighborhood kids were playing, the tree house could become something different each day.  One day it became multiple tree forts; divided between avocado trees from which we threw rotten avocados at each other…Another day it was a  hide away  in the tallest tree  that separated me from the world.  Still other days the treehouse was a house with rooms and levels as complex in my imagination as the most amazing castle.

I’ve been a designer all my life…. and i’m realizing, that design is an approach to living as much as it is a profession.  The principles of the work of design apply to so much of what we do and how we do it.

 Designing is a powerful act.

It’s taking what you want to see in the world, and making it real.  concrete. bringing it into existence.

You want a dress that you can’t find in a store anywhere.  You’ve seen something like it, maybe the style in a different pattern. or maybe you’ve never seen anything like it, but you’ve imagined it.  Design is the work of creating that dress exactly as you envision it.   Or maybe its a space in which you can do your yoga.  You have a difficult time setting aside time for self care because there’s no good place in the house in which to do it.  Our homes have rooms dedicated to particular uses.  some of them unused most of the time, and the kids have their stuff all over the house.  Carving out just a bit of space should be easy but it isn’t; and then we have a million excuses for why even if we could, we don’t actually do it. looking at this set of circumstances is the first step of designing your life.

Designing is living intentionally.

It’s living bravely.  It’s rooted in the faith that things unseen are possible. It’s the belief that even if I don’t have all the skills to make something happen, I know someone who can help.

It makes life fun.

— Lynne Bryan Phipps

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Lynne Phipps- Entrepreneurial Woman to Watch

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11/4/13 PROVIDENCE, RI– The Rhode Island Small Business Journal (RISBJ) created the 2014 Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards to honor the most confident, tenacious, professional and sophisticated women industry leaders in Rhode Island. Out of a pool of over 400 applicants, Lynne Bryan Phipps stood out for her multifaceted accomplishments as an equestrienne, yachtswoman, ordained minister, founder of Inspirited Living, educator and founder of The Compass School.

In 2002, Lynne Phipps realized her vision for The Compass School when she noticed her children were not seeing the value in their education. “I saw a huge need, not only for additional schools, but for an education to be engaging and founded on the need to develop life-long learning. That education included a core, values-based education.” Lynne Phipps spent months engaged in conceptual work and, after finding an enthusiastic group of parents, teachers and administrators that shared her vision, received approval from the state to found a charter school. The Compass School is the top-ranked middle school in Rhode Island, the second-ranked elementary school in the state and has a waiting list of over 250 students.

Lynne said, “I am honored to receive this award because the state of Rhode Island is a supportive, nurturing environment, especially for women entrepreneurs. I had the dream and they helped me make it a reality.”

The Compass School: An Opportunity to become Lifelong Learners

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When Lynne Bryan Phipps sees a problem, she creates her own solution. And when it came to her children’s education, she had THE solution. “I saw a huge need, not only for additional schools, but for a different kind of education to be available. And that education included a core, values based education.” She took her kids out of a great school, moved to Kingston, Rhode Island, and founded the Compass School, a K-8 school dedicated to graduating problem solvers, critical thinkers and lifelong learners.  “I wanted to create a place where students could work to the best of their abilities; where they could grow. This meant constantly promoting the child’s strengths.” Lynne’s vision meant providing an environment where students embrace the learning process. 13 years later, the Compass School is the top-ranked middle school in Rhode Island, the second-ranked elementary school in the state and has a waiting list of over 250 students.

Lynne created a learning opportunity that emphasized a collaborative, hands-on educational approach with the guiding framework of social responsibility and environmental sustainability. “Kids learn the most when they have fun! If they think of school as work then they build a natural resentment toward it. If they enjoy school they will not only build a desire to become lifelong learners, they will better understand themselves and their place in the world-both their commitment to others around them and their responsibility to their communities and the environment.”

Lynne knew establishing a school was no easy task, but she rose up to the challenge. Lynne spent several months engaged in conceptual work, shaping the school’s vision and mission statement while educating herself on the necessary steps to make her dream school a reality. “I found out there were many other parents that shared my vision and were eager to get on board. I did my research, worked with the head of the Childhood Development Center at the University of Rhode Island, and got the first- level approval from the state to found a charter school. For the second round of approval we developed a founding board.” Lynne’s charisma for the project garnered support from those around her. She conducted a nation-wide teacher search and established a council composed of a governing body of enthusiastic directors, teachers and parents. Allen Zipke, the director of Compass School since 2002, shared Lynne’s vision: “Lynne has a unique ability to rejuvenate. She is a really enthusiastic person and she believes wholeheartedly in the school’s mission.”

With a strong support backing it, Compass School opened up in 2002 offering a wildly attractive private school education in a public school setting. With a teacher-student ratio of 1:10-1:15 (depending on age groups) the students each receive significant attention and engage in material differently at each stage of the learning cycle. Lynne says, “Kids learn in cycles. They are interested in particular subjects for approximately six months before turning to a new area of interest. Teachers foster an environment where kids work in their preferred areas and grow into themselves.” In order to avoid the containment of grades, students are differentiated into groups Explorers (grades K &1), Adventurers (grade 2), Discoverers (grades 3 &4), Investigators (Grades 5 &6), and Navigators (grades 7 &8) allowing each student to spend two years with one teacher and maximize individual learning potential.

Every aspect of Compass is tailored to maximize the student’s potential. “The highly qualified teachers construct student projects around areas of interest and they intrinsically learn Math, English, and other subjects in the context of their projects,” shares Lynne.

Compass School is now one of the most sought after educations in Rhode Island. Lynne still plays an advisory role at the school, MCing every graduation and planning council retreats to ensure the school is still in line with its original mission and purpose. Lynne reflects, “I love knowing that the students at compass are doing more than learning. They are living their education. And that is what it’s all about.”

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Lynne Bryan Phipps

Inspiriting Architect

Lynne was trained in Interior Building Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. With a BFA and BIA from RISD, her practice has offered a holistic perspective to it’s clients since 1987. Lynne has developed an integrated approach which includes environmental sustainability and reuse; “Green Design” incorporated with the a focus on the psychological effect of the built environment. This expertise can be applied to designing the spaces in which people live and work, as well as the tools and furnishings that they use daily.

Lynne, founder of Design One Consortium, believes that every project is a unique and individual endeavor, requiring unique and individual professionals. The idea behind the Consortium is to bring together a team of professionals that can offer our clients the best possible design solution.

It all begins with space. A core belief of Design One Consortium is that space – or more accurately the perception of space – is a paramount consideration in any design concept. Good design considers space an asset and, whether it be in a corporate or residential environment, we work to understand the individuals involved, the organizational structure and the requirements of every individual client. We translate that data into a design that

maximizes functionality,
maximizes comfort (both psychological and physical),
presents the goals, visions and values of the particular client

…and transforms space through a design that will meet their needs better, and endure well into the future.

As a business, our goal is to favorably alter traditional thinking about what constitutes good design, by delivering alternative solutions to conventional standards.

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Block Island Poetry Project Celebrates 10 Years

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It takes a certain breed to capture the world with words. A poet’s ability to extract the nuances of life is reserved for those with a unique perspective. For ten years, Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island has been a gathering ground for these explorative thinkers.  On August 18, the Block Island Poetry Project (BIPP) commemorated a decade of poetic collaboration with its Event in the Tent. The community of poets gathered for an evening of poetry sharing as a fundraiser for the poetry anthology, Where Beach Meets Ocean, a collection of 103 poems from more than 95 poets sampling years of creative work and poetic excellence. Lynne Bryan Phipps was among the artistic camaraderie that night, sharing her poem, The Spaces Between, which is featured in Where Beach Meets Ocean.

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Accomplished poets including BIPP founder Lisa Starr and guest James Stevenson, poet, author, illustrator, former cartoonist for The New Yorker, and op-ed columnist for The New York Times, read selections from Where Beach Meets Ocean. Virginia Dare, Jayme Hennessy, and the Block Island Singers sculpted the creative mass with their musical interludes that bridged the poetry selections and led to an outpouring of energy and passion.

“This event is near and dear to my heart because it embodies everything that Inspirited Living is all about. It heartened, it inspired and it encouraged all of us to embrace our creativity as a community.”

Rhode Island Poetry Laureate, Lisa Starr, began the Block Island Poetry Project (BIPP) in 2004 while looking for a means to combine her passion for poetry with her duties as innkeeper of the Hygeia House, a historic Victorian inn on Block Island. She began hosting groups of writers and poets to share their work over long weekends. Lisa came to realize her calling to bring writers together in a creative and collaborative environment and the over the next couple years the group met more and more frequently.  Starr and her fellow poets fostered a constructive atmosphere combining improvisation with attention to craft that served to develop the writers holistically. According to Starr, “The Block Island Poetry Project rejuvenates and reconnects members to their own particular passions, enabling them to return home with a clearer vision of how they can best serve the world.”

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