The Way of the Livingness, a Beetle and the Magic of God

The other day I had quite an unusual experience of the magic of God at play, the language of symbolism as presented by the Way of the Livingness.

I am quite used to leaves and feathers in unusual places; the story of a beetle appearing on a friend’s kneecap after she had told her daughter that her pain felt like a beetle gnawing at her; a huge butterfly majestically gliding past umbrellas and patrons in an outdoor cafe setting in the middle of town, and so the list goes on.

That day I was driving to work and happened to follow a VW Beetle for quite a distance, as there was nowhere to overtake safely. Did I say overtake? This little creature was actually powering along at an amazing pace and the noise from the rear air-cooled engine certainly brought back memories of my first two cars. I could see that this specimen was quite old, an early model, sitting very low, looking very rounded and plumed. When we got to a T-junction I noticed to my amazement and joy that it had no indicator lights but instead the old flicker that poked out of the top side of the car on the pillar between the front and rear seat. I hadn’t seen a Beetle this old in ages, not even in Germany, and here we were in rural NSW, Australia!

I kept enjoying the sound of the motor in front of me for a while longer until the driver turned off the main road and I thought no more of it.

Later that afternoon a call came up on my mobile with no caller ID. I answered and a man said in German: “Hello, I am so and so.” He then proceeded to ask: “Are you the daughter of so and so?” And I said: “No need to ask really, I know who you are.”

The man was calling from Canada, a cousin I hadn’t spoken to in over 30 years; he and his family had seemingly vanished even though I had been especially close to his wife and even lived with them for a while.

As we talked everything was as familiar as though I had only been there the day before; the name of his wife was just there for me, as were the names of their children, as was the name of the street they lived in.

And what does that have to do with God, the Way of the Livingness or the Magic of God?

The Way of the Livingness teaches that we are always held by God, no matter what affiliation or philosophy, what age or profession and regardless of our choice to either align to, or live in active opposition to this constellation. The Way of the Livingness also needs no special buildings where you can commune with God or feel His presence. Being held within the All, which is God, where could you possibly go or be where God is not?

And with the magic of God and the signs and symbols we are continually given, be it in the form of a leaf, a group of kookaburras laughing joyfully, a butterfly gracefully crossing your path or a fly nearly bumping into you – who needs a special consecrated building to commune with God?

All I can say is that the magic of God was very much at play that day. The Beetle had prepared me for something from the past and so the phone call, as unexpected and out of the blue as it was after such a long time, came strangely enough as no surprise, even though it did. No exclamation marks or awkward gaps, gasps of air or excuses – just the lovely ebb and flow in the conversation between three people – my cousin, his wife and me – connecting again after a very long time.

By Gabriele Conrad, Goonellabah, NSW

477 thoughts on “The Way of the Livingness, a Beetle and the Magic of God

  1. I got a beautiful sense of all the different dimensions of life that are communicating and available to us with your story Gabriele – there is much more to life than just meets the eye!

  2. There is no denying that life is more extraordinary than you could ever imagine when you allow yourself to connect to the magic of God that embraces us in every moment and supports us in our journey back to where we are from.

  3. Magic or particularly the Magic of God is all around me all I have to do is be open and willing to feel what is happening around me. As a Student of The Livingness my appreciation of the awareness that is always there is still a part of my learning curve!

  4. I am amazed and delighted at how much magic there is all round us and within us too. This is a lovely story of the connections that we often don’t bother to recognise or salute and yet they are there if we are willing to open to a grander scheme of things than we might at first have considered.

  5. The magic of God is absolutely around us constantly, it is a simple choice to be aware and appreciate this truth with a sense of wonderment. No matter what our age or experiences the magic doesn’t change only our choice to allow ourselves a moment to see it, feel it, and connect with the wisdom it offers.

  6. It is a shame that mostly all of us have chosen to believe that life is the 3 dimensional physical existence that we can see with our eyes. We are 5 dimensional as is our father God and therefore we are so much more than we believe we are and in effect limit ourselves to.

    1. So true Doug, it sounds so silly that we live that reduced life while everything in us is so desperately looking outside of us for this true connection with that other aspect of our lives, that 5th dimension and our connection with God, while this connection is simply within us and we are constantly reminded of this through the magical moments in our lives.

  7. “And with the magic of God and the signs and symbols we are continually given, be it in the form of a leaf, a group of kookaburras laughing joyfully, a butterfly gracefully crossing your path or a fly nearly bumping into you – who needs a special consecrated building to commune with God?”
    So beautifully expressed Gabriele; the magic of God expressed through the divine power of symbolism is indeed an amazing opportunity for our true learning and expanding.

  8. Thank you for sharing this evocative Magic of God moment, once we open up to these messages they are all around us and support us in our everyday lives. As a student I drove a Beetle and loved it and they always bring a smile to my face when I see one. When I get caught up in the busyness of what is happening, for example, at work it is beautiful how often something unexpected happens to bring me back to the moment and to appreciate the Magic of God all around me.

  9. Thank you Gabriele for a beautiful reading and reminder that love is all around us and within us and the Magic of God happens on a daily basis if we are open to see and feel it.

  10. That is so awesome Gabriele, to have that on offer and to clock it and appreciate it is absolutely massive. Thank you.

  11. Thank you Gabriele for reminding us that the Magic of God is everywhere. As I ponder this I am aware that it is up to us to be open to the communication God brings to support us moment to moment and if we are not open, if we live our lives distracted then we will miss these special moments. I loved the question you have posed for us all – ‘Being held within the All, which is God, where could you possibly go or be where God is not?’. Beautiful.

  12. We are surrounded by love, the magic of God all the time and it is up to us to see it or not. While busy with our self created thoughts we escape from that magical world we undeniable are part of, the magical world of that connects us to another dimension in life which we can call divine as that is our true origin and where we belong. Opening up to the magic in life is opening up to that other dimension we actually belong to and to live in this way will restore true health and well-being back to us and to the societies we live in.

    1. Well said Nico, yes we come from magic and we are a part of this magic, yet we discount it all and live as if we are simply a brain carried around by a body which we view as a physical piece of flesh rather than the totally amazing being that we are.

  13. Words were created at some point to name an activity already established. So, activities are first and words second. Yet, not every activity got registered in words. Most of the activity of God towards us does not come through words but through symbols. The problem with symbols is that it is not always easy to truly understand what they mean and that words tend to be louder and concentrate much more our attention so we tend to miss what God wants to share with us.

  14. “The Way of the Livingness also needs no special buildings where you can commune with God or feel His presence. Being held within the All, which is God, where could you possibly go or be where God is not?” Beautiful Gabriele. God is with us wherever we are.

  15. I have goose bumps over my body reading this blog, feeling the absolute confirmation of God and the magic that’s always there. When we say yes to seeing God’s magic we feel the endless support that is continuously offered.

  16. Whether we choose to feel and sense the magic of God or not, God is constantly communicating with us. There are no special ones as we are all the sons of God equally so and it is down to me the extent to which I allow and welcome the signs and symbols God offers me to support me to be and live the love that I am.

  17. Why wouldn’t God, our loving father communicate with us all day long? In my view, and in my experience, he does just that and it is up to us to ‘open up the ears of our heart’ to hear what he is ‘saying’.

  18. Thank you Gabriele for a truly beautiful blog,about the magic of God which is always all around us even if we are not aware. I just love this line “Being held within the All, which is God, where could you possibly go or be where God is not?” cradled in the womb of Divine love.

    1. With all the imperfections of life and living in it, it is sometimes easy to forget that there is a stupendous reminder and reflection of our origins and true nature, the divineness and perfection that surround and support us.

  19. All too often we miss these precious moments because we are in too much of a hurry or bogged down in our self-created busyness. A gorgeous reminder to take the time to stop and smell the roses!

  20. It is very beautiful to feel that when we do surrender to the sense of knowing how we are always held by God’s love, every single one of us, there is an ever-present richness to life to appreciate. As such we then have the awareness and understanding of how life is a continuous flow from one moments to another, with every moment, every meeting with another or every interaction with life, offering a significant reflection and an opportunity to confirm the fact, that we are forever interconnected through the oneness of God’s love, with all in this universe.

  21. Thankyou Gabriele for these beautifully confirming words that the magic of God is alive and well within and all around us. By appreciating this we open our eyes to the true beauty we are forever held in and that is communicating to us, whether we are choosing to listen or not.

  22. “And with the magic of God and the signs and symbols we are continually given, be it in the form of a leaf, a group of kookaburras laughing joyfully, a butterfly gracefully crossing your path or a fly nearly bumping into you – who needs a special consecrated building to commune with God?”
    Indeed Gabrielle, who does; as I take my morning walk this morning I will do so with new awareness and appreciation for the magic and presence of God.

  23. Gabriele I loved reading your blog and the beautiful reminder to stay open to the magic of God and the many messages we are constantly receiving, to close this communication off we lose the immense joy and divinity that is available to us always.

  24. You brought connection, magic and God to such a profound example that we all can earthly feel. It resonates deep within to feel where you come from and to see that no matter how we have aligned or not aligned, this innermost essence is there always; we can simply so connect. Thank you Gabriele.

  25. Loved rereading your blog this morning, life is constellated on so many levels, and the more connected we are with ourselves the more our life just has a natural flow about it, beautiful how you already had a sign preparing your reconnection with old friends too.

  26. Very beautiful to feel your appreciation for the details of life and what comes to your way. Just makes me wonder what I might be missing when I get too immersed in my own little world and think what comes to my way unexpectedly as inconvenience or nuisance.

    1. The Magic of God asks us to step out of our little bubbles of self and open our eyes to a much vaster canvass and glory.

      1. Our little bubble does indeed stop us from seeing and feeling the magic of God. Choosing to step out of it is the most freeing and magical feeling of deep connection with everyone and everything, and the entire universe.

  27. Gabriele, each time I read this blog a new level of understanding comes through. Everything has a purpose and depending on where we are at we will get the meaning offered or not. Every message is about loving ourselves and allowing the space to be with what is offered. This blog has been perfect for me this morning – thank you.

  28. God is constantly communicating with us in various forms. We just have to be open to it, connect to the magic and we will see and feel His love and messages are everywhere.

  29. I love how we are always prepared for what is next, we just have to be open to seeing and reading the magic at play. We are supported beyond our wildest dreams and the more we see this and connect to it the more it comes to life. Or we can choose to ignore it, it will still be there we just won’t choose to see and appreciate the gift it is offering us.

  30. Life becomes very joyful Gabriele when we allow ourselves to see all the magic that is around us all of the time, either confirming where we are or preparing us for the next thing to come. With that everything of life can be read and known, it is just up to us to see it or not which is actually a choice.

  31. Reading your blog, Gabriele, I can feel so strongly the truth of, “The Way of the Livingness also needs no special buildings where you can commune with God or feel His presence. Being held within the All, which is God, where could you possibly go or be where God is not?” I feel held in a beautiful warm blanket.

  32. In this article, I can feel that if we are prepared to take notice, we are always aware of what is coming towards us. The communication may not be with words, but words are not needed when our heart is the reader of the messages.

  33. When we all finally accept that the magic of God is not merely in a church but all around us regardless of where we are 24/7, the lighter and simpler life will feel and be.

    1. I am tempted to say that the magic of God is not in a church but then again, everything is in God and that includes our human misinterpretations and aberrations, of course.

  34. There is much that is communicated to us by God by means of symbols. We tend to ignore them but if we do not we see that nothing in life comes out of the blue. We get warned /prepared in advance for what comes our way.

    1. We might get a warning if we read it but more often than not, I personally find that the symbolism comes as a confirmation.

  35. Moments of Magic of God communicate that not only are we held by God continually, but that we are cared for and understood to the finest detail.

  36. To take in the moments from God require us to live in a way where we notice all that is happening around us. So often we are too busy to clock the magic that surrounds us- one of the great issues within society today is how much we are in the rush and busy-ness and in this how much we then miss out on each other.

  37. What a sweet and evoking article, it felt like I could smell and hear the beetle with how detailed you describe it. If we open our hearts to the messages from God, they are everywhere just waiting to be found.

  38. “The Way of the Livingness teaches that we are always held by God, no matter what affiliation or philosophy, what age or profession and regardless of our choice to either align to or live in active opposition to this constellation.” Thank you Gabriele, these words are so beautiful for me to read today, as I still feel in my body the energy of a ‘them and us’ which is a left over from my Christian days.

    1. Which might point to how institutionalised religion separates and supports one lot of people to regard themselves as better than another? Or, taken further, how people can think of themselves as ‘chosen’ at the expense of everybody else in the world.

      1. Any thought about any type of difference will bring a judgement which causes separation and where does this energy come from as it does not come from the Love of God?

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