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!
As I close the door on 2014 and prepare to begin 2015, I took some time to review the lessons I learned in 2014. What had I learned and what Wisdom am I taking with me as I begin the new year?
It was amazing how many little things I had relearned as well as new wisdom to add to my “jewel chest.” I had a friend who had shared this concept with me many years ago and I have found that it works for me. Common usage labels strengths, skills, techniques, etc. as a “tool chest.” While that is descriptive, it reeks of work and hard labor. On the other hand, acquiring jewels makes me think of color, beauty, life sparkle, and other adjectives that reflect how I would prefer to see my efforts out-picture.
So, Wisdom for me is a jewel to be treasured, nurtured and worn proudly! Let me share a few of the things I learned anew or relearned as I hadn’t paid enough attention to them the first time!
♥ Be patient and gentle with myself!
♥ Allow and accept help from others!
♥ Bepresent in my life!
♥ Appreciate what I have been graced with in this life!
Before you make a list setting out goals for the coming year, take the time to reflect on what you learned from last year. As you see your jewel chest overflowing with all of your colorful, sparkling, exciting jewels, notice how your life changes!
See your value in your wisdom!
Make a commitment to adding to your Jewel Chest in 2015!
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?
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 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…
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.
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.
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.
Over the years I have worked with many clients who wonder what they are doing in this world and what their purpose is for being alive. I admit that at various times in my lifetime I wondered the same thing. Lately I began to realize that there are 2 purposes that everyone has in some form or another.
The first purpose we all share is creating and maintaining “connection.” Communities, families, tribes, co-workers, social media all have connection or connecting in common. We thrive when we know that someone cares. I can remember years ago feeling so alone and wondering if anyone would notice if I died. As I look back, I realize how sad and depressing that thought was. Love is so important in our lives and love in its many manifest forms is what drives the need for connection. Love flows in the giving and receiving, the caring and sharing, volunteering to help others, connecting through our jobs, schools, travel. The ways and means go on and on. So many ways to connect allowing the Love Flow to flow naturally and gracefully.
The second purpose we all share is the gifting of our ourselves. Opening up and sharing ourselves is how we bring life into our existence. It is the essence of connecting. We learn so many things by opening ourselves to new experiences, distilling the wisdom we acquire as we grow bringing warmth, light and love both into our own lives along with the lives of those around us.
Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. As the puzzle needs all of the pieces to complete the picture, this world needs all of us to make it complete. We all live in the same world which by itself connects all of us. Take this a step further and consider that to have peace in our time, we need to have some form of unity. With all of the diversity around us, we need to create “unity through diversity.” We achieve this by connecting and sharing ourselves. It is that basic and simple.
So, when you wake up every morning, affirm “I choose to share myself and connect with life today!” Then go out and do it. We change the world by changing ourselves and we do that one choice at a time. Peace tomorrow means making the loving choices today!
Peace Tomorrow Means Connecting and Sharing Ourselves Today!
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.
Failure is not an option so do not believe it is and experience the fruits of your belief.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Change how you think and your world changes!!
Rev. Dr. Sandy West
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.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
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.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Today I choose freedom and tomorrow I experience it.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
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
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
The best way out is always through.
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Dr. Robert Schuller
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Keep picking yourself up until you stand straight and tall.
Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
The power of thought makes us eternal.
The best dreams happen when you’re awake.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
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.