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How to Make it Through a Hard, Hard Life with Ease and Grace

by LaTonya in Calm the Mind

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Think you’ve had a “hard life”?  Below are reflections from St. Francis on the true meaning of detachment and how to use it to flow through life – even what some might normally call a hard, destitute, traumatic or poverty-stricken hard life – with ease and grace …  Such profound wisdom… Thank you Francis!

Note:  Below is an excerpt from an interview with St. Francis, as channeled through Linda Dillon, on the recent An Hour with an Angel radio show. Links to audio and transcript versions of the full show are in the Notes section at the bottom of this page.)

In all honesty, I have not been very familiar with St. Francis (he prefers to be called Francis, by the way).  Yet, I took the time to explore some of his sharings during the recent An Interview with an Angel radio show and I am so glad that I did.  In fact, I’ve been so moved by Francis’ sharings, that I’ll be posting bite-sized pieces of some of my favorite parts of his messages during the recent radio show over the course of the next several days.

Francis’ messages seem to touch the very heart of me and address so much of what so many seem to be feeling inside in a way that is very grounded, helpful, inspiring and uplifting.  For me, Francis’ messages speak to the true power of LOVE and how to truly be LOVE as divinity incarnate.  His messages transcend all religion, all man-made cultural divides, all differences… and are full of helpful information on calming the mind, awakening the Spirit and truly living a life of joy, peace and fulfillment during these ascension times.

I hope you enjoy the series of sharings from St. Francis!

Love, peace and blessings,



Excerpt from …

St. Francis Reveals at Least One of His Later Lives: As Mohandas Gandhi

… But for now, I’d like to turn things over to Steve. Steve, carry on.

SB [Steve Beckow]: Thanks, Geoff… Boy! There’s so much I want to ask you! Were you Mohandas Gandhi?

SF [St. Francis]: Yes, I was.

SB: Oh. My, my! I’m so overwhelmed to hear that. Feel so affected. Thank you.

SF: You know that you are ferreting out my secrets, do you not?  But yes, I am glad to share it with you.

SB: Oh, thank you, Brother Francis. What rich lives you’ve led! What can I say?

SF: It has been a joy, you know.

SB: Well, but they were hard, were they not? I mean, these were hard lives!

SF: What do you think of as hard? I am so glad you have brought up this subject.  What is hard?

SB: Deprivation, facing an enemy that could be murderous on occasion, a whole nation that rises in conflict — that seems to me to be hard.

SF: No. You are looking at it… do not make me a hero.

SB: Oh, I don’t want to do that. I want to learn from you, that’s what I want.

SF: Then let me say this, because one of the things that you have all talked about is about detachment.

[[Note from Steve Beckow] Please note that I had it on my list of questions to ask Brother Francis what the essence of detachment was. So here he answered my question before I asked it. And Linda never knows the questions Geoff and I ask.]

And how does one detach? How does one surrender? How does one let go? Well, you turn around and you do it. It is not a mystery, it is not a formula, it is not a trick of spirit, it is simply turning away and walking towards, embracing, truth, love, fairness, justice, community, equality. And caring enough and loving enough to simply do that.

Yes, some could say single-mindedness, but I would not agree with that. Yes, of course it takes the focus of the mind and the emotional body. But once you have truly decided, in every particle of your being, to simply align with what is light and right, what is truth, then what you think of as the hardship, as the deprivation, as what has been defined as lack, yes, of murderous colleagues, it disappears.

Because in many ways all you can see, all you can perceive, all you care about is that light. And as you walk further and further into that light, into that sacred purpose of your life — which all of you have — everything else falls away, like the garments, they simply fall away, so that you are doing what is asked of every human being — and that is putting yourself beyond choice.

Now, what does this really mean? When you put yourself beyond choice, what you are really doing is choosing and deciding to be in the alignment with One, with God, with Source, with Allah. It does not matter. Everything else and the human turmoil, the people who are calling you to turn back, they disappear, not because you don’t care about them or know that they are there; of course you do. But they cannot drive you.

And that is what happens so often in the matters of human life, is that you are deeply affected and driven by affairs and by people who are outside of you and outside that choice for light.

When you are truly in union — and I include in this the unity of community, the truth of unity and community — your community does not grab at you or tempt you to turn aside from what you know to be true. They may not understand, they may not have the exact same fullness of vision, but they support you. And even if they do not agree with you, they love you. And that love feeds you and gives you the strength to keep going.

So, no, my dear brother and friend, I would not say that my lives have been hard. I would say that I have in many, many situations, repeatedly been given the honor to simply show the way. I do not have followers. I have those who choose to walk with me, the same way the birds and the animals do — yes, the skunks, the rabbits, the fox and the wolf; the birds, always…


[1]  The full Interview between Geoffrey West /Steve Beckow and St. Francis on the An Hour with an Angel, 9/25/12 blog radio show here:

Full transcript:

Audio Version:

[2]  Who is St. Francis – Wikipedia

Saint Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone; 1181 – died: October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men’s Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the lay Third Order of Saint Francis. Though he was never ordained into the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. He was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX On July 16, 1228. He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment and one of the two patrons of Italy (with Catherine of Siena), and it is customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of 4 October.

[3]  More interesting information about St. Francis

Since his incarnation as St. Francis of Assisi, Francis has incarnated several times in the east, amongst other locations.   He has often incarnated in places of extreme poverty or sickness, where the balance has been out of alignment, often for centuries.   His favorite occupation when incarnating with humanity has been to incarnate as one who tends to the sick, ill debilitated or disabled, because, he says, these ones are also the teachers and the holders of great compassion and mercy. [1]

Francis explained that along with tending to the meek of heart, of soul, of countenance, he also works with the animal kingdoms and is a keeper and patron of the environment, of the air, of the water, of the land, of the trees, of the flowers, of the plants.   In a recent interview, St. Francis shared that, as he is also of the Emerald Ray, he also enjoys working with Archangel Raphael and Jesus for the upliftment of the animal and elemental kingdoms and Gaia herself.  [1]


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