Open eyed meditations are fun. You can do them anywhere by looking at anything. In this instance, we are going to use the picture posted above. Just quickly read through the steps and then try it for yourself. Notice how quickly you can refresh yourself, give yourself an energy boost or release stress build-up.
♥ Take a moment and settle into a comfortable position.
♥ Take a deep breath and begin to gaze at the photo above. Notice the colors, the shapes and anything else that catches your eye.
♥ Now, allow your gaze to begin focusing on a specific section of the photo.
♥ Next, began to slow your breathing making each breath longer and longer until you no longer are thinking about your breath.
♥ Stay here as long as you wish and when you come back into yourself and again notice the world around you, take the time to savor your experience.
I love doing this type of meditation on a walk, at the lake, or in the garden. Nature in all of its many forms lends itself beautifully to this practice. In a busy day, this short type of meditation works well and integrates into all types of schedules. Try it and see if it can work for you!
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.
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!
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.
Over the years of my spiritual journey, I learned a number of things about “self value”. It started with an awareness of what I was doing during a shopping trip. I had gone into a store for something I needed and while there saw that they had a great price on bras. Having 2 daughters, I immediately started searching for their sizes. I put what I found in the cart and then realized that I hadn’t put what I had come into the store to find into the cart. I wouldn’t have enough money for it if I bought the gifts for the girls.
I stopped for a moment to determine whether or not I really needed what I was going to buy for me never once considering why I was putting my girls first. They were grown and had moved away from home and were living their own lives. Yet, I was still putting them first at my expense. I pondered this for months afterwards as I again and again revisited how I was thinking about and treating myself.
From this awakening, I began to compile a list of how I wanted to treat Me and work on embodying these thoughts and actions.
♥ I have value!
♥ I am worthy of being loved both by myself and by others!
♥ When it comes to money, it is okay to put myself first!
♥ I deserve being taken care of and provided for 24/7!
♥ By taking care of myself I show both myself and others my value!
So, as you shop for the holidays, keep my actions in mind. Do you spend all your money on others? Do you max out your credit cards to buy gifts for others? Or, do you put yourself first and make sure you have everything you need and then, review what gifts you can share with others.
One of the easiest gifts to share is Love. For many, it is easier to buy a material gift than to share ourselves, but material gifts come and go. Love shared lasts forever! I have found that many try and buy love through presents, but love can’t be bought. It may only be given and received.
Spend time giving and receiving Love this Holiday Season!
What is the one thing in life you would have if it were possible? This is a question worth considering over and over. There are so many tangible, material things we all want above and beyond what we have. How many times have we wished for or sought money, career, success, new car, jewelry, etc., etc., etc. So, how do we narrow it down? Or, maybe it is an intangible something. Again, how to narrow it down and focus on just one thing.
I pondered this for weeks as I evaluated my life, what I have achieved and what I hope to achieve. What had value to me? I began to realize that for me, it was an intangible connection and expression. Not something I could pull out and put on display, but something that was deep within me and had become an essential part of my Beingness and Spiritual Expression.
It was something that I realized I could not live without and it had 2 components to it. It had a dimensional aspect to it along with how it manifested within me in this world. I use it and am it daily. I would gift it to everyone if I could. It is a gift to self that keeps on giving and giving. What is this wondrous thing that excites and motivates me to continue on my spiritual journey? It is simply:
My relationship with Source and its appearance in my Beingness as an Open Heart!
I happen to call the spiritual or higher power that I relate to Source. But it could be God, Goddess, All That Is, Universal Mind….so many names for One All Encompassing Power! Find the name that works for you and use it as you use the statement above as a daily thought to ponder. Then, spend time viewing the picture above and allow the beauty and largeness of it enter you. Realize the beauty that it represents and know that you are a part of this magnificence.
As you reflect on this article in the weeks to come, use the following ideas that were mentioned above to help you realize your Open Heart!
♥ Daily affirm “My relationship with Source and its appearance in my life as my open heart is the foundation of my life!
♥ Daily do an open eye meditation. Find a scene in nature, or a piece of art that moves you, a sunset, anything that brings you a feeling of peace, oneness, beauty, or love and gaze at it for 5 minutes or more while breathing it in and making it a part of yourself.
♥ As you do the open eyed meditation, also incorporate a mantra such as “I AM this beauty!” Or, possibly use ” I AM LOVE!”
I think that many times our definition of the word perfection gets in the way of what this idea is trying to teach. It is about non judgement of our lives and the events in them.
Life evolves in a way that is perfect for our current stage or state of development. It is an evolving process of our growth in consciousness and what is the best for us to experience for our expansion and growth process. It is not a “state of perfection to attain”.
This helps us find our way out of the victim state of consciousness as we learn to appreciate each moment for what it is and not for what is missing so we can be “perfect”.
Thankfulness and Gratitude are part of living in the Now moment. Living each day moment by moment allows one to appreciate all that is here, all that we are and all that the world has to offer.
There is more than the hatred, killing and destruction that occupies our news cycles 24/7. There is also hope, love, joy, sharing, and so much more. This is where I focus as I go about moment by moment living. The beauty of nature, a smile in the grocery store, courtesy as I drive through town, respect as a door is held open for me. There is so much in my life to be thankful for and sometimes gratitude so overwhelms me that it brings me to tears.
Living this way is a choice. I choose to live focusing on what works in a healthy loving way. I choose to see the beauty and the best in everyone and everything around me. I know that what I focus on manifests and I am tired of manifesting the negative emotions that I lived with earlier in my life.
I challenge anyone reading this to try it for a week or longer. Notice how you feel towards living and toward those in your life. See if your step isn’t lighter, smiles more readily appear on your face and your eyes have more light in them as you look into the mirror. No matter how desperate our circumstances, we have the Power to Choose how we feel.
Know that when we change, our world changes, and the world at large changes bit by bit. The more love and gratitude we generate, the more love and gratitude there is in the world. If we want peace, we first have to find it within ourselves!
Live your moments to the fullest and make the world a better place for all of creation! And remember, You Are Loved!!
In mastership, everything seems to be interconnected. You can’t chop your life into little pieces thinking you’ll work on this piece, then that piece, then another piece, and that someday you’ll put it all together.
Don’t be surprised when you work on one aspect, another will come up for healing, and you’ll look at it and think “haven’t I worked on that one before? Haven’t I healed that?” It’s the peeling-the-onion-layers effect…as you peel off one layer, you see another one. And these aspects that come up for healing aren’t always good to feel. When they come up we tend to look out at life through those aspects/feelings.
Slow down and be patient with yourself and allow the frequency, the events, and all the people around you to come to a standstill. It’s like doing slow-motion on your television. You stop the action for a moment so you can think, or sense-feel, because you’re sensing with all your senses on what is Divine Right Action in this moment. When you come from this space you realize you have lots of choices. It allows you all of a sudden to understand that in creating your own life there are more choices than you can imagine when you step back and become mindful in that moment…and allow yourself to breathe and step into that space of mindfulness within.
Things trigger you and the fear comes up. You don’t have to know where that fear comes from. You don’t have to worry why. But it will come up when, on some level, you’re ready to release it. You’re stronger than you think you are. Fear is stuck energy, so we treat energy with energy and go back into the breath to stabilize. It’s the breath that will start helping you relax, slow the heart rate, and help the lungs expand so you’re not in the “fight or flight” situation. You want to see life through different eyes and not through your fear.
Be in the moment and breathe. Feel that power within yourself and you can make choices in the moment instead of reacting.
Are we too grownup? Too jaded, cynical or negative about our lives, the world, and our future? Have we given up on our dreams, or even forgotten what they were? If so, now is the time to reclaim those parts of our childhood!
When I was a child, I looked at the world with eyes of wonder. It was lovely and soothing to sit outside in the rain and feel it while being one with it. Lying with my siblings on the roof and watching the stars for hours, lying on the grass and watching the clouds change shapes while laughing and pointing them out. All moments of wonder and enjoyment. Where did those days go? Did I get too busy and too grown-up with grown-up responsibilities?
As I enter the upcoming holiday season, I am focusing on reclaiming the wonder and eyes of my childhood where anything was possible and the little things meant so much! Join me as we all reclaim our dreams, unlimited possibilities and the time to do and be what we dreamed. It is never too late to manifest a dream, to make the forgotten real, to love and laugh and enjoy living!
Spend time this season participating in joy, laughter, sharing, loving, giving and receiving and so much more. We take ourselves everywhere we go and the holiday season we manifest depends on our intentions, thoughts, behavior and our heart. Commit to making it the most loving 6 weeks you have ever had!
The world needs dreams, hope, love and caring. Share yours everyday in every way you can envision. Life is for living and I encourage you to live yours to the fullest!
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
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.
Failure is not an option so do not believe it is and experience the fruits of your belief.
Keep picking yourself up until you stand straight and tall.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
Today I choose freedom and tomorrow I experience it.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.
Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
Every moment is a fresh beginning.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
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
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
The power of thought makes us eternal.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
The best way out is always through.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.
Robert H. Schuller
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Dr. Robert Schuller
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
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 best dreams happen when you’re awake.
Change how you think and your world changes!!
Rev. Dr. Sandy West
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.