If today were the last day of this world before it blew up, how would I spend it? Many indigenous people talk about living each day as if it is your last. I heard it again recently and thought I would think about it while writing this blog posting.
Many thoughts ran through my mind. My family, my friends, memories of times past, regret for it being over, so many things to think about and ponder their value to me. What would I do for the last 24 hours of my time here in this world?
As I mulled it over and over, a structure began to outline itself and with that insight, peace began to flow through my Being. Peace, calmness and a sense of well-being. This is what I would do:
♥ I would go to a place in nature with water and plenty of dirt or sand to write in.
♥ I would write a gratitude list that the world ending would send back to Source.
♥ I would sit in the silence and savor the now moments as they strung into pearls of wisdom expressing this world and the beauty that It and I were together within its evolution.
♥ I would lovingly and joyfully embrace the change I was Becoming.
♥ I would completely surrender to the Moments expanding out into greater Beingness as I said good-bye to the last moment and welcomed the New Being I was birthing.
In Essence I would:
Be the Change
Embrace the Change
Enjoy every moment in every way
Love who I am, who I am becoming and Know that All is Well!
All of this Beauty underneath the sea,
This is the Beauty within You and Me.
I have spent most of my Life searching for what was wrong with me and I found many things. I would list then, work on then, give up on them and then do it all over again. But I have come to realize that I spent no time at all searching for what was Beautiful within me.
As I gazed at the picture above, I thought about how beautiful nature is in all of its colors, moods, and seasons. Then I thought, if my Beloved Source had taken the time to create this beauty in nature, wouldn’t the same beauty be within me? As I spent time in meditation and silent contemplation about the possibilities this line of thinking was opening up, I searched for a way to see this Beauty that might lie within me.
As I was allowing myself to really see and feel the shapes and colors reflected in nature, I began to pull them within my physical body and feel the colors and shapes taking hold within me. I watched as if in a dream as they danced, shifted, merged and then did it all over again. It went on and on and as I gazed upon this Beautiful Happening within Me, I began to feel and see this Beauty as a part of me.
I began to practice this daily and the more I practiced it, the more Beautiful I felt myself to be. The more Beautiful I felt inside, the more I loved myself and the more I was able to open up and share myself with those around me. My intention became for the world to be a more beautiful place to live for it has my inner beauty as part of it.
Take the time, to get to know your inner beauty. Nurture it, love it and then let it out for all the world to see and enjoy. We create this reality from within and together the Beauty we create is breath-taking.
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.
As we start to say Goodbye to 2014 and Hello to 2015 take the time for a few moments of reflection. Focus on what worked and not on what was wrong. The more we can focus on our strengths or what works, the faster we can build the life we want. As we know, thought creates and the thoughts we focus on manifest. So, it falls to reason that the more we focus on our strengths, the faster we can build the life we dreamed of living.
Ask yourself questions such as:
1. Was I a good mother, wife, employee or friend?
2. If yes, what did I do that helped me achieve that status?
Write down a list of your answers so you can reflect on them in the coming week. Here are some of the items from my list.
1. I made time in my life for those relationships. They were important so I made them a priority.
2. I nurtured my relationships. Relationships are like plants. They need to be watered and fed which translates into time and attention.
3. I was a good listener. We all need to be heard. We don’t need solutions, we just need to be heard.
4. I loved and didn’t judge. We all have our life lessons to work through. At those times, we need love, not criticism.
5. I encouraged, supported and praised the strengths I saw in them. We all need for others to see what we are doing right. We criticize ourselves enough and don’t need it from those around us.
Now, take the time to give yourself LOVE! We can never have too much love and most times we don’t love ourselves enough. This includes loving what you don’t like about yourself. All of those experiences helped make each of us the person we are today and it is a part of us. So, focus on Loving the total you!
Have a Loving, Prosperous, and Joy-Filled New Year!
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 by giving 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…
Growing up on a ranch surrounded by vineyards, the new year was always important. It was a fallow time of anticipation as we waited for the first sign of life. The tiniest bud that would indicate new growth, new possibilities, new life! All of the things we are anticipating for 2015 as we set our intentions for our future.
The best intentions always focus around intangibles. From these underlying thoughts our lives out-picture. So, I have listed a few intentions/goals below to get you thinking as you ready yourself for the New Year!!
I AM Perfect, Whole, and Complete just as I am!
LOVE FLOWS through me 24/7!
I AM a Beacon of Happiness!
I SEE the Cup 1/2 Full in everything I do!
I AM a Positive Person!
Change how you think and your world changes!!
All I want for the Holidays is an Open Heart!
For so many years, my heart was closed or only partially open. Through fear, I had felt the need to protect myself from the world around me, relationships, myself and on and on. One day I realized that this wasn’t working for me. I was miserable, depressed, isolated, and existing in a life that wasn’t worth living. Something had to be done! But what to do?
I had been traveling my Spiritual Path through using the principles of Science of Mind as formulated by Ernest Holmes and it came to me that I was going through the motions and not really embodying what I was telling myself I believed. I needed the change that comes from within and I knew that I hadn’t visited my “within” in a long time. Here, I thought was where to begin my spiritual transformation.
Daily I began to use the tools of meditation, prayer, monitoring my thoughts, being grateful, trying to stay in the now moment, and slowly I began to see positive changes! This was so exciting. Tangible feedback that something was working in my life. Seeing the improvement, I was encouraged to continue my daily disciplines/tools to create change.
As I look back so many years later, I realize now that my goal of spiritual transformation was really one of “Opening my Heart.” I had opened the door to the flow of the “Divine Love of Source” and it felt good! No longer was I alone and isolated, but so Loved Filled that I could only see this world through the Eyes of Love.
Seeing the Divine in everything, I could only be Love, See Love, Connect with Love, and become Loving Source Manifested in this world. I had become the verb of Loving!
Now, I go about my daily living recognizing the Divine in everything. Connecting with the Divine in those I interact with, I no longer see only their perceived failings, but the pain of their journey where I can empathize and feel compassion, the joy of their successes where they have completed another step of their spiritual journey in this life and recognize the Gift that we all are to Source and this world!
Open your Heart and be the Gift of Divine Love Everlasting!
As I sit here and contemplate the holiday week to come, I am reminded of the vastness of the universe. As the universe is so immense, intense, evolving, and beautiful, so are each of us! As we look to the days ahead, I want to challenge everyone on this planet to look for the immense, intense evolving Beauty Within Each of Us! Our differences are beautiful and are what draw us together completing the beautiful tapestry that humanity represents.
Easy to say, but how do we do this? Here are some suggestions:
♥ As you look into the eyes around you, recognize the Divine in all of them.
♥ Instead of looking for the mistakes or the bad in people, spend time looking for the kindness and love within them.
♥ Focus on being courteous, respectful and appreciative in your every action and behavior.
♥ Count your Blessings and realize that you have more than enough to share with others.
♥ Be a role model for a lifestyle of Loving Kindness!
Our entire world and everyone in it is Divine!
Respect that Divinity!
Love that Divinity!
Be that Divinity!
Let us build a Beautiful Tapestry of a Divine Humanity Together!
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 to ourselves. 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.
This week has been an emotionally learning one. My ride to “wisdom” has not always been easy and this one was no exception. One of my “flows” had stopped flowing. It was blocked and there appeared to be no moving it. Nothing was working. Sharing my situation with a dear friend, she saw that a brick wall was blocking my flow and my feet were moving a hundred miles an hour in an effort to knock it down. What she further got was that I had to stop fighting it and surrender to what is. Now I know all of that, but for some reason it had not permeated my conscious mind in the fear of the moment.
Fear is a big part of what is happening when things aren’t working. It can crop up so suddenly and stop everything! Thankfully I have surrounded myself with a group of family and friends who will remind me of what I have lost touch with in the emotional moment of what is happening. They are:
♥ Focus on the present moment and start your gratitude list. Being grateful for all of the small and big things that are working on a daily basis brings the focus back to what is working and how much of your life is working!
♥ Fighting goes against the flow! Fighting what is keeps us stuck in place and allows nothing to flow.
♥ Surrender = Acceptance. Sit down, close your eyes, use your breathing to relax and accept the moment as it is. Keep doing this and string the moments together like a necklace until Acceptance enters your world and lives there.
♥ Focus on your strengths! What we focus our thoughts on manifests in our lives. Our strengths are Love, Gratitude, Acceptance, Sharing, Connecting, and seeing life through the eyes of awe and beauty!
♥ Our Strengths are what helped us to survive and evolve through life. By building on them, flow happens as an out-picturing of them at work.
If your week isn’t working out as you would like, take the time to reread this Blog and think about what I experienced and what I needed to remember. Consider writing the 5 things to remember down so that you have them with you at all times. When the going gets rough, bring them out and reread them to remind you in this moment what to do.
Surrender = Acceptance
Accepting what is allows our flow to return!