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…
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!!
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…
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 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.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw
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.
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
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
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
Every moment is a fresh beginning.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
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
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Dr. Robert Schuller
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
The best way out is always through.
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.
The best dreams happen when you’re awake.
Today I choose freedom and tomorrow I experience it.
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.
Robert H. Schuller
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
In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
Keep picking yourself up until you stand straight and tall.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
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.
The power of thought makes us eternal.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.