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The holidays are upon us, and there are a million things we can do to bring more peace and joy into our families’ lives.  We at the Law Offices of Donna Santo have selected 5 golden rules that we believe can help bring us all, as one giant family, closer together this holiday season.

  1. Bless The Food We Have Been Given At Every Meal – ­We all know about sitting down to a wonderful holiday meal at Thanksgiving or Christmas time and giving thanks to the creator for bringing us all together for such a special occasion.  But did you know that the divine intent we pour through our hands can bless every meal we create at any time of the day.  So why not bless all meals we create at all times of the day, every day, all the time.  Whether we’re creating snacks for our kids or just sitting down for a one-course meal of macaroni and cheese for one, put our very best, most loving energy into it.  Bless our food with the divine intent that it was originally intended for.  Bless it with the love, sustenance, and healthy energy we need to fulfill our divine purpose at this incredible time on this wonderful planet right now.
  1. Never Forget That Now Is All We Ever HaveAt all times, no matter who we are with, or where we are, now is all we will ever have.  So relish the opportunity to really show our appreciation to whomever we are with at any given moment.  See if we can’t give our very best 24/7.  Forget about expectations.  When we do our very best, right now, all the time, we will never have to worry about negative repercussions, because we will always bear the positive results from the positive energies we have put forth.
  1. Surrender To All That Is Stop worrying about mistakes from the past.  Just learn to surrender to what is.  Accept the fact that things are the way they are, and move forward with our very best effort.  When we learn to stop fighting the inevitable with negative energies, to stop meeting tit-for-tat, an eye-for-an-eye, a tooth-for-a-tooth, and move forward with love and peace and joy, then we begin to create a new paradigm for our existence.  This especially holds true when it comes to family.
  1. Learn to ForgiveThere is only one exception to the universal law of cause and effect, and that is forgiveness.  When both sides can forgive, there becomes no need to worry about the effects we might create in the universe.  To forgive allows us to move forward in our lives.  It allows the wrongdoer, who might be a parent or a child, to learn the lessons from their transgressions, so that they may grow from their mistakes.  It eliminates the negative energies that build up from loved ones who feel the need to strike back at those that hurt them the most.  We tend to respond negatively from built in mental-emotional reactionary patterns that can be very difficult to break.  But forgiveness can cut these patterns off, which can allow us to heal as individuals and family members.
  1. Love Unconditionally At All TimesThis is the season to love unconditionally at all times.  It’s really easy to do.  When we learn to love unconditionally our family, friends, and people we don’t even know, with the most powerful energy in the universe, we will want to access it more.  We will love the way it makes us feel.  We will learn how to utilize this energy to heal not only ourselves, but our families and the entire planet.  And when we do this, anything becomes possible.


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There is no greater relief in life than to surrender to all that is.  It is a way to bring to an end all the personal suffering.  It provides the opportunity to quit fighting whatever it is we’re in denial of.  It gives us the chance to move forward in a positive light, rather than dwelling on the negativity that can plague and hamper us.  And there is no greater arena than family when it comes to applying this golden law of acceptance.

In essence, yes, we’re talking about raising the white flag to whatever troubles us or our family peace.  If it’s the wife who seems to go off the deep end every time we leave our underwear in the wrong place, then so be it.  Or if it’s a child’s inability to sit down and do the work that we require them to do, we must learn to accept that too.  Surrendering means that we take whatever falls our way, and we accept it, without judgment or limitation.

We stop fighting whatever it is our ego has dug into and readied for battle.  This allows us to then eliminate all the negative energies we spend in trying to correct a situation that is beyond our ability to control.  For parents, surrender allows us to begin again in communicating with our children in an effort to resolve our differences.  We do so without butting the heads of our egoic minds.  When we operate from the ego, it’s usually out of a place of unhappiness or dissatisfaction.  We’ve made a judgment that a situation or condition is untenable, and we battle it, according to our built-in emotional and mental reaction patterns.

We’ve all experienced this.  Where a little disagreement will set us off in an emotional frenzy.  Where our pent up angers are used to fix a situation, yet, they instead generate more turmoil than the original problem had.  The key with surrendering is that it allows us to keep our highest energies in reserve for problem solving times.  Most of us fight our problems with ill will and reserved anger, which only creates more problems, and more negative energy to deal with.

Children also need to learn to accept the fact that parents might be aggressive, loudmouthed, or perpetual drunks.  They can’t fight it head-to-head with their own negative emotions, because things then begin to spiral out of control in a very negative manner.  Feelings or bodies get hurt.  The family structure begins to crumble.  And violence and anger and negative reaction patterns are used to deal with all issues, creating more problems for all concerned. Like their parents, kids too need to learn to allow for the fact that a parent may be way off base, and then learn to use their best energies in trying to solve the problem.  They need to surrender to what is, and apply only the highest vibrating qualities when they attempt to resolve whatever ails them.