Words have a vibration behind and within them. When spoken verbally or silently, they can affect a person’s energetic structure based on the intention with which they are spoken. This then becomes the energetic signature of encryption of each word sent forth. This is not only because of the fuller definition a word carries in intent but also because of the sound tones a word carries.
Sound is a creative force. At the beginning of creation sound is a standing wave of vibration. As this vibration moves within itself, a creative thought aligns with it. Riding this wave, a thought moves out into manifestation, as sound moves out into the creation worlds as light. This light then fills in the template created by the thought. The more consistent thrust or emotion you put behind a thought, the stronger the template and the thought form created. This thought form becomes the operational instructions you give yourself.
Connection of Thought to Sound
The connection of thought to sound is very important. First of all, you have words whose root seems to be in opposition to what the word actually means; i.e., the word awful. It means full of awe, highly impressive, or reverential. Yet it also means something bad. This can set up a distorted thought form when consciously you have not realized this conflict in meaning, but subconsciously you have. So, it is very important to be aware of the words you are using. There is a consciousness behind the words and if it is a distorted consciousness, then you are going to create distortion in your energy fields when you use those words. Therefore, because the words you speak are powerful, it is important to make sure you are centered and aligned with the highest consciousness you can.
Sound and Symbols
In the study of cymatics, researchers found that sound creates geometric symbols in sand or liquid. In experiments using Hebrew or Sanskrit, speaking the language actually created the symbol used for certain words. These symbols are thus a visual (light) representation of specific sound tones. And these tones and symbols have been used for ages to connect with certain levels of consciousness. This could mean that if the sound tones and symbols become distorted, then the energetic gateways previously created in our energy fields are no longer aligned with our consciousness. One could theorize that through the misuse of sound and light, your connection with a higher aspect of Self could actually be lost. So, it is part of your responsibility as a powerful creative being to be aware of the words you use and the thoughts you think…to be Mindful at all times of what you are creating in this world.
Something to Ponder
An interesting exercise would be to take a piece of paper with the words you wish to speak or sing written upon it. Then hold the paper close to your face as you sing or tone the sounds. What you might discover are sound tones bouncing back from the paper, moving into your chest area and then as your toning increases, filling your body with waves of vibrational tones.
Practice playing with that effect. You might find that you have aha moments, because the power of consciousness and sound tone vibrations can result in an internalized wave of energy that moves through the body on the sound tone vibrations. An aha moment can result from that wave filling your body as your brain becomes aware of whatever truth wants to be heard at that moment.
Honesty means to refrain from lying, cheating, or stealing. It is aligned with concepts of fairness, honor, and integrity. However, most of us do not go out into the world with the thought “today I’m going to cheat someone.” What happens is what I call a progressive erosion of integrity. We get into a situation where if we say or do what we think is right, we’ll be ridiculed and lose face or prestige. Therefore we don’t lie, we tell a “little fib” or “white lie.”
In some instances we try to paint a different picture than what really happened by not telling the whole truth. In this case we convince ourselves we didn’t lie, we just didn’t tell the whole truth. We convince ourselves that it is okay, but what we are really doing is being dishonest with ourselves. Witholding the whole truth to paint a different picture than what actually happened is an example of intellectual dishonesty. Dishonesty, no matter the form, always lowers your spiritual vibration and erodes your sense of self.
Integrity is aligning with the truth of who you really are. You are pure spirit, and if you put your awareness on this thought or idea, you will always operate appropriately in any situation. An easy way to align with the energy of integrity is to put your awareness on your heart space and imagine a light. Then imagine a miniature you sitting on a chair…or standing…or dancing in the Inner Light. Check in periodically throughout the day to ensure you are still there.
When you center yourself in the light of your Authentic Self, you step into the truth of who you are. You automatically operate from your deepest truth. You not only act honestly, but you become honesty itself. You become a person of integrity.
When I was 10 years old, my grandmother started to teach me different forms of needlework. We lived on a fruit farm and in the summer I would go to her house to help out with the fruit stand. The needlework kept me from being bored. But it also did something else: it kept me focused on creating something beautiful.
Of all the forms of needlework, knitting was my favorite…perhaps because it appeared to move along faster in the creation process. I could see more of a result of my efforts than when I crocheted or embroidered. But there was something about the knitting motions, the click of the needles against each other that was very meditative and soothing.
Fascinated by the textures and colors
When I was 28, I started a job that had me working 13 hours a day, so I no longer knitted. Then one day I walked into a yarn shop just to look at all the colors of yarn. I was fascinated by all the colors, the patterns, the materials yarn was now made out of. When I was a little girl, we had cotton, wool, and acrylic. Now there was wool, cashmere, alpaca, mohair, cotton, silk, and lots of manmade fibers in shimmering and glittering colors. I walked out of that shop with a bag full of yarn, needles, and a pattern, and started knitting again.
I started with shawls because they were easier to knit, but yet allowed for the creative process to flow. Even with the same pattern, the shawls looked different based on the colors and textures of yarn chosen. So I knitted, and as I knitted, a person’s face or name would come into my mind—and I knew that was the person this shawl would be gifted to.
Knitting with love and grace
Knitting as a meditation allowed me to quiet my mind and channel all my energies to the needles…with my hands busy, my mind didn’t have to be. And I would find myself mentally singing and praying as I knitted. I would see patterns of light and sound inside of me, and they would go into the shawl I was knitting. The people I gave the shawls to told me they felt soothed by them—that they made them feel calm and safe…made them feel better. It became a ministry of love and grace.
I’ve knitted other items, but I always seem to come back to shawls. With the shawls I can wrap someone with love and grace. I can let them know they are appreciated for who they are. And perhaps the shawls will help someone step into the same still and comforting Presence I feel when I knit….maybe when they wrap themselves in the colors of the shawl, they too will feel a sense of Homecoming.
It’s the end of one year and we are off and running into a new one. The new year is a metaphor for closure and new beginnings. However, we don’t have to wait until the end of the year. Each moment is a new beginning…if we choose.
There is an old saying, “when one door closes another opens.” It is all about choice. We can choose to let go, to release what doesn’t work for us, and go into the next moment, free and unencumbered. It’s a choice…your choice.
Just think…you have an opportunity to create something anew. You have the power of creation…just rearrange your thoughts into a new pattern, and “ta da!” a new line of probability opens. Whether you take that opportunity is up to you…again, your choice.
This is all about power, your power to make changes in your life by changing how you see life and by the choices you make. That’s why it’s called empowerment…in powerment…or the power within you. This power within you is the spark that can light your way to personal freedom, personal power. This allows you to choose, each moment, what you want to think about…what you want to feel…how you wish to respond to life’s challenges.
The Choice is in the Now Moment. The past is past, the future hasn’t arrived yet…the only moment is now. The Now Moment is the space between the past and the future. It is the creation point for each choice you make.
So, get ready to fly. And just like the airlines, it is much easier to fly if you leave a lot of your old baggage behind. So, what will you release? What thoughts, relationships, and old ways of doing things are you ready to release or change?
We all love to give to others and feel wonderful when we do. We love to see the joy others feel when we give to them. Yet we often feel uncomfortable when others give to us.
There is an expansion and contraction to the universe, so there must be both a giving and receiving. This is part of prosperity consciousness. We need to receive love as well as give love–to receive praise as well as praise others–to receive caring as well as care for others. The receiving is part of the energy cycle of “what we send out comes back to us multiplied.”
Receiving graciously and allowing it to flow back out into the universe is the grace-filled way to act. What is selfish is in “not receiving.” It closes the flow of Source’s Grace and Good. The result is that it does not allow anyone else the opportunity to give, the opportunity to open the heart and send out love in any form.
We are taught to give selflessly to others, and that this makes us a good person. Yes, it is good to give without expecting anything in return; this is one of the Laws of Prosperity. The twist comes when we are also taught that it is selfish to want anything for ourselves, something to make our lives feel more beautiful. We are caught in the trap of “it is better to give than to receive,” and we continually give and give and give, sending our energy out, day after day, and deny ourselves the gifts from the universe flowing back to us in response. This is a grave injustice to Life and blocks the flows of Prosperity. One has to be able to receive as well as give.
Practice Loving Acceptance
Practice the words, “thank you.” When people give us something the first thing we often say is, “oh, you shouldn’t have” or “oh, you didn’t have to give me anything.” That is true…they did not have to give us anything, but they chose to do so. If we refuse to accept, then we are deliberately stopping their prosperity as well as ours.
Learn to become a gracious and loving receiver. When you refuse to accept, the receiving stops, which means the giving to you also stops. This starts to block the prosperity channels. Here the universe was trying to say “YES!” and you said “NO!” Learn to say YES!
If someone gives you something you cannot use, gratefully accept it and pass it on. Perhaps you are the conduit for someone else receiving what they need, and if you refuse to accept and pass it on, what they need never comes to them.
Completing the Cycle of Receiving and Giving
We complete the energy cycle and release this idea into the universe bygiving thanks for the opportunity to receive and give. Giving thanks puts us into alignment with joy; and the more thanks we give, the more joy we receive. It operates under the universal law of tithing: the more we give the more we receive. This is how the cycle of abundance works. But the giving has to be done out of full-heartedness, not out of a sense of obligation or grudging acceptance.
When we give out of a sense of gratitude to life, life always give back…
During holidays emotions fly all over the place. People are joyful…people are sad…the season seems bright…the season seems not so bright…and we find that what we want to say to help people feel better gets stuck in our head…and what comes out our mouths sounds fake and insincere. We then tell ourselves we should have just kept our mouths closed and not said anything….and we would have been right.
Keeping quiet is a gift. Instead of opening your mouth and letting meaningless platitudes dribble out, center yourself within your Eternal Self and just breathe. Connect to your innermost being and find the spark of love, expanding it out until it suffuses every cell in your body. Then expand it further until it encompasses your entire energy body. Don’t forget to expand this energy down to the part of you resting in the earth’s core, and all the way up to Source. Bring out the Divine Artist in you and paint your energy all the colors of the rainbow—make it alive and sparkling. Continue breathing, imagining that you are inhaling Source and on the out-breath, exhaling Source.
When you are centered and breathing Source, you naturally radiate the frequency of Love, Grace, and Joy. You become the Source Flame, and this Presence is what people feel when they are around you. That is why there is no need for words; the message is received through you, as Source, and this Gift of Presence is the greatest gift you can give anybody, at any time.
This Presence is an everlasting Gift that is you. No matter the occasion, you can stand there quietly, listen, and breathe. If people need to talk, you can listen…and breathe. If people need to cry, you can be there…silently holding space….and breathe. No words are needed…just you and Source…holding each person, each moment within a sacred place of love and understanding. This is the Gift we give others, the Gift of the Presence as ourselves, flowing through us to touch everybody we meet.
I have no more words.
But I know as I breathe and center myself in Source,
that the Presence within me salutes the Presence within you…
In the beginning there was the One Creative Spirit, out of which came all creation. Since there was only Oneness in the beginning, so there is only Oneness today. You can think of creation like a huge body, and each of us is like a cell within this body, connected by the Oneness inherent within the original creation. We are separate, yet still connected by Original Creation. The problem is we don’t always recognize it as such. We get caught in outer appearances and think that’s who we are, when in truth we are pure Spirit taking on a body to experience life. Because we are all connected by this Spirit, whatever we do to others we do toourselves. Conversely, what we do for ourselves we also do for others.
The energy of how we treat others goes through our energy fields first, and if we judge others, we lower our own frequency to the vibration of judgment. The unkind thoughts leave a trail of judgment energy within our energy fields through which we then see life, and by which we attract experiences we would rather not have.
If we think of others with love, we leave the vibration of love within our energy fields. This love energy will attract similar energies and our life will appear to flow much easier, with ease and grace.
We truly live in a world of “judge not lest ye be judged,” for whatever we think and feel becomes a thoughtform and goes out to create and manifest a condition in our lives. So take some time each day to think of ways to be kind. This is love in action and will return to you multiplied.
Be kind to others–be kind to yourself–it’s all the same.
When I go into a state of mindfulness, a state of silence within the silence, I start doing affirmations, which I do in the form of invocations, using the term I AM.
When you use the term I AM, you are stepping into the energy of your Higher Aspect of Self at that moment. When you use I AM, you are naming yourself as Source. Therefore IAM is also another term for yourGod-Self. The words you choose to follow the term I AM become the foundation of whatever you, as God-Source, are creating in that moment.
Power of Words
Think of what I AM statements you can use to help you affirm what you want to be in this moment. You could state “I AM Power.” Power is not a bad word, and it does not mean to dominate or have power over someone. True power is the empowerment within that gives you the impetus to make choices in your life. You could say “I AM Love,” and when you say I AM Love, you are imprinting your energy fields with those words. This is why it is so important to watch what words you follow I AM with. If you say I AM sorry, then you are using your power as God-Source to imprint sorrow upon your energy fields. So mindfulness is key…if we want to create ease and Grace in our life, we must watch the words we use and how we are using them.
Weaving a Tapestry of Sound-Light
When we bring in higher frequencies of Source, we are weaving our bio-fields as a tapestry of sound-light. When you muse on aspects of consciousness such as Love or Grace, you actually increase the frequency of your own bio-fields in that moment. This is something you can be aware of when you use your hands, whether cooking, creating something for the home, or just doing paperwork. When you create something with your hands, the frequency of your consciousness goes down your hands into what you are making. Whoever then uses what you have touched receives the frequencies you have put into it through your musings on aspects of consciousness such as Grace, Love, Patience, and Forgiveness.
You can also sing power into something. I sing when I am knitting, sometimes out loud, sometimes under my breath. Perhaps it looks like I’m knitting a shawl, but I really could be knitting Grace, Love, Patience, Mindfulness, Responsibility, or Acceptance. These aspects of consciousness are all part of the aspect of Love. If Love is the same frequency as Source, then anything that has a high frequency is all within the frequency of Love. If I do this when I knit, then when someone wears a shawl I made, they are going to be enfolded by that Love and that Grace, and it will help them feel in that moment they are safe.
It is important to be in as high a frequency of consciousness as we can manage when we create anything with our hands. For anything we make becomes a portal to the level or dimension of consciousness we are at in that moment of creation.
Be mindful of your thoughts, be mindful of your words. Be Mindful in the moment no matter what you do.
From the very moment we are born we are taught it isn’t okay to be ourselves. Other people are held up to us as role models as we are told we should be more like somebody else. We are conditioned to think we’re not enough because we’re different. We are imprinted that we must be good like that person, or smart like this other person, and we understand it to mean that if we’re different we won’t be loved.
It didn’t seem that it was alright to just be who we naturally were. I remember everytime I decided to let go and dance and play and just be joyful, people got mad at me. They only knew and understood the serious, intense me…not the joyful me…and it scared them. All of a sudden they couldn’t put me in a box and label me. I became an unknown, and those who hold deep-seated fears want to be able to control their environment, to know there is a place for everything and a label for every person.
Sacred Place Within
It’s time now to reach deep within and find the Authentic Self. It’s time to Be One with our Higher Self, to align with who we authentically are. One way you can do this is by taking time each day to just close you eyes and imagine a miniature you, a “mini me” within the center of your chest, the area of the High Heart, located several finger widths below the notch where your collar bones come together. I have a space there where I imagine a room with a chair, an altar, and a Flame upon the altar.
I imagine I am sitting in the chair looking at the Flame. I start breathing slowly, saying, “I AM” on the inhale and “The Eternal Flame” on the exhale. As you repeat these words start to inhale the energy of the Flame into your body as you state “I AM” and then send the energy throughout your body on the exhale while speaking the words, “The Eternal Flame.”
As you continue to affirm your Oneness with the Eternal Self manifesting as a Flame, allow the Flame to fill your body to overflowing, sending it up to Source and down to your earth chakra in the center of the earth. Then just rest and allow yourself to breathe peacefully. Allow yourself to just BE.
In holding and aligning with the Frequency of our Higher Self we Become the Be-ingness. We start living and being our talk. In starting this journey to Oneness, we first acknowledge our Self, then focus attention on Be-ingness. We focus on sliding into the center of who we are, the center of Source within. We envision Wholeness, using whatever symbols, thoughts, or pictures come to mind. Next, we allow ourselves to feel what we are envisioning. By using the feeling aspect, we can manifest much more easily into the present what we want our future self to be. Finally, we rest in the feeling and allow ourselves to be.
BE the spark you were meant to be. The absolute Be-ingness of your Authentic Self at all times.
The Flame can be any color you want…or none at all. Instead of trying to decide on a color, let the color that wants to come through appear in your thoughts.
I AM the Eternal Flame can be replace with any statement of internal Truth such as: I AM Peace, I AM Love, I AM Whole, etc. Whatever you decide will be perfect for what you need in that moment.
I found some simple ways to teach myself to be mindful. And when I am mindful, I find that it ends up as a way of nurturing myself. Here are some suggestions in mindful nurturing, or nurturing mindfulness…they are both the same.
Use the breath to relax and view the world in a new direction and see the beauty around you. You can only see what’s in you, so by seeing the beauty outside, you’re seeing the beauty inside.
Conserve your energy. Find ways to bring the feeling of the country into the city. You have the right to not be on the go all the time, to take time for yourself. Make time for Source. That’s part of conserving your energy.
Make time for yourself. Service isn’t always in the externals. We all have a need to take a moment for time with our Eternal Self...go into the Silence, or take a bubble bath, or read a book…do something just for yourself.
Allow space for Source. Bring in the wonderful energies of Source, the silver rain of Grace connecting you to the sparkling white light of Source. Add colors, glitters, and be creative on the inside, building your palette, your paintings, allowing the space for Source.
Listen for messages from your higher aspects of Self. You deserve to take time-outs, so you can do your greater mission, what you came here on earth to do.
Create and meditate. You can use any handiwork as a meditation. Using your hands to create will allow you to be more anchored in your body so that you can expand spiritually without getting spaced out. Get settled inside and create.
Give yourself permission. It’s okay just to be yourself…the authentically, genuine, you. Give yourself permission to sample all the suggestions above. When you give yourself permission to be whatever you want to be, whenever you want, and wherever you wish, you’ll find the joy of the child surging up inside. You’ll find yourself being the you that you came here to be.
Failure is not an option so do not believe it is and experience the fruits of your belief.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
Every moment is a fresh beginning.
I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
I am free, no matter what rules surround me.
If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them;
if I find them too obnoxious, I break them.
I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
Robert A. Heinlein
It's the small things that make a day. Unexpected kindnesses, smiles, welcoming greetings...doesn't take a lot of effort...just mindfulness.
Rev. Dr. Melissa Higginbotham
Today I choose freedom and tomorrow I experience it.
The power of thought makes us eternal.
Keep picking yourself up until you stand straight and tall.
In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw
Change how you think and your world changes!!
Rev. Dr. Sandy West
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.
Robert H. Schuller
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Dr. Robert Schuller
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
The best dreams happen when you’re awake.
The best way out is always through.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.