Keeping hope alive is a challenge at times and an opportunity both. When I think about what hope means I need to take a deep breath and go quietly inside to find the definition.

The words that come to me are "keep on keeping on" which begin to define hope. Keeping hope alive is about being present to the moment and continuing to move forward no matter what.

My friend Debbie died this morning, Saturday on the full moon and my heart aches terribly. Today when I read her blog posts about her art I learned more things about her and what keeping hope alive truly means.

"Hope keeps alive our dreams and wishes"

Here is what Debbie wrote on her artist blog about what hope meant to her:

"The thing is we all have to live our lives fully today and everyday because each new day is a gift. There are no promises about tomorrow. We have to have HOPE!
Hope keeps alive our dreams and wishes. Hope plants seeds for the future."

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chilliest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me. Emily Dickinson

Find your Place of Peace Inside

It is easy to have hope when your life is humming along nicely. The challenge is to have hope even when your heart is crushed and the rug has been pulled out from under you in an instant. It is essential for your well being to find your place of peace inside.

In order to find your place of peace inside you need to honor your emotions by simply feeling them. It is an act of self love to be present with and for yourself emotionally. Just breathe through the feelings.

Follow your breath as you go inside, close your eyes and keep focusing on your breath. All is well. You are not alone. Go deeper to find your place of peace inside through meditation.

You are spirit in a physical body, your temple. Remember that with hope you are greater than the circumstances in your life that crush your heart. Thank you Deb for that reminder, a gift from the other side.

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"When going through hell keep going." Winston Churchill

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At the beginning of the Intuitive Reading with each individual, I go into a meditative state and ask Spirit to allow me to be a clear and pure channel of love, healing and guidance for the client. The answer to each question flows through me in words and pictures. The information that I channel is spiritual yet practical.

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Maureen Brennan Mercier

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Author's Bio: 

Maureen Brennan Mercier has been a Metaphysician for over 27 years and has helped many people in all areas of their lives. While taking a meditation class in the summer of 1983, Maureen discovered her gift of channeling and began her spiritual journey.

Maureen's new found connection with her higher power helped her through the tragic death of her husband only weeks later.

Raising two children alone and overcoming other challenges throughout her life has given Maureen more strength, compassion and emotional intelligence. Her love of people and her great passion for life continually inspire her work.

Meditation Classes

Maureen teaches meditation classes using simple guided imagery and channels spiritual guidance for the group, which is uplifting. Each person is able to ask a personal question at the end of the meditation and receive specific spiritual guidance for their life journey. The energy during the meditation is very loving, compassionate and nurturing which is healing in itself.

Intuitive Readings & Spiritual Guidance

Intuitive Readings are based on the client's questions about relationships, career issues, emotional issues, health issues, attitudes and beliefs, loved ones who have passed on and more. Maureen goes into a meditative state where she accesses specific guidance in answer to the questions being asked. The channeled information she receives during and intuitive reading is spiritual, yet very practical. After a reading with Maureen, individuals feel more relaxed, reassured and more positive about their lives.

Reiki Training & Reiki Healing

In September 1992 Maureen received her first degree Reiki training. After years of practicing Reiki healing in small groups, workshops, centers, and retreats throughout the United States, Maureen received her second degree Reiki and Reiki Master Degree in August 1999.


Maureen is extremely grateful for the gifts of healing she has received over the years and is committed to being a channel of LOVE, GUIDANCE and HEALING. Her life's work is about assisting individuals with their healing, spiritual growth and the remembrance of who they truly are - DIVINE.