Set It Free

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A sweet angel of a girl I know, Laura, is a bird lover. She has such a beautiful relationship with birds. She speaks to them and they respond to her as if she is speaking their language. We were exchanging emails about a local exotic bird business for sale that I felt would be of interest to her and she told me that she didn’t feel that is was a lucrative enterprise for her to invest in presently. My response to her was, “passion is always lucrative.”

She said, “How true! I once sold birds from my home, a species of lovebird that is known to be almost impossible to tame. I just loved the little creatures and felt sad every time one was sold. Many people have expectations of birds that the birds just can’t fulfill because it is not in their nature. As a result their owners grow tired of them. I wanted my babies to be as special to their owner as they were to me.”

After reading her reply I got a vision of a caged bird set free and I thought ideas are like birds caged in our very own minds. Unless they are set free they cannot bring us what it is we want them to bring. Worry, doubt and fear actually keep our ideas caged in internal conflict. This is not a healthy breeding ground for our creative expression. As I pondered this idea I liked the metaphor more and more. Ideas that are repressed are liked caged birds. They have potential or in the case of birds, they are wings to fly with. But what good are wings in a cage?

Thoughts are things. Thoughts caged in fear do nothing but fester within the mind of the thinker and eventually die. Laura’s birds are free. She lets them fly free as they were meant to. She gives them the freedom to be. There is an old saying that, “when you love something, set it free and if it is meant to be with you it will return. If not the love you sent with it will bless another.”

Imagine if just for a moment, what kind of life we could live if we would allow our dreams the freedom to become what they were meant to be? Imagine what would happen if we sent out our ideas – our dreams, in love without fear, doubt or worry…just sent them out freely to be what they were meant to be. What kind of a world it would be? Can you see it?

Do you have a dream that you have been keeping in your mind for fear that it will not come true? Set it free. Give it wings to fly and we know it with fly home to you fulfilled.

Set it free…


–Ananda of Love

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Staying Centered and Focused

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by Jennifer Hoffman -

I’m Ascending But I Can’t Get Up!

We are alternating between periods of breakneck speed transformation and achingly slow gaps of stillness, moving between trying to keep up with the changes that are being thrust on us to being stopped in our tracks. In the fast periods we focus on movement and doing what we need to in order to stay focused and grounded. And in the slow periods we are challenged to also stay grounded and address whatever is presented to us until the next period of movement.

We want the movement because that proves we are making progress and yet it is the slow periods in which we make our strongest advances. It is the difference between traveling on a fast-moving train, where the countryside zips by and walking, where we see every landmark in detail. But we would rather skip the details because they represent more work, clearing, healing, release and choices. Why can’t we just be done with it? Haven’t we done enough work already?

What we do not see is the debris that the transformation has kicked up, which is waiting for us to take action, to look at what has been dredged up in our lives and to work on it. So it’s what we do in these slow times that is important. What is calling to us that we are avoiding? Where is our resistance in the process? No one wants to cover ground they have been over again and again but there are no shortcuts and as we move farther into ascension we often have to go backwards with a new perspective and take another look at ourselves, do more release work as we uncover deeper wounds, greater fears and more stuck places.

In the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ there is a scene where Elizabeth cannot sleep as she realizes her marriage is over and she desperately cries out to God to tell her what to do. She begs and pleads, apologizes for not listening, promises to do better and waits for her answer. After a while she hears a small voice say “Go back to bed Elizabeth.” This is what we are hearing now, as we plead for mercy, “look within, release yourself, create new perspectives, find your power”. Not what we want to hear when we’re drowning in our misery.

And we have thrown down the misery gauntlet and then look to God and say “See, here I am in my misery. Am I miserable enough yet? Are you going to help me now?” And we get nothing in reply. Because it’s not about being miserable enough, it’s about finding joy. What is blocking us from being joy-ful in each moment? We’re not going to find it in the hoped-for rescue. The cavalry is not around the next corner and Prince Charming is on an extended holiday. We’re going to find it right where we are. The question we need to ask ourselves is “What are we doing about it?”

I have a big pot of mint on my deck and every day I admire it as I carefully cut off a few sprigs for tea and marvel at how lush and beautiful it is this summer. Then two days ago I was looking at my mint and it looked bare. Something had eaten three-fourths of it. What was once a big, lush plant is now a lot of ugly stalks. I didn’t see what ate it, I suspect it was a caterpillar or grasshopper. And it happened overnight. I had been so careful to cut the mint evenly and something just chewed right through it. I was so upset!

I was so focused on the plant and how well it is growing that I forgot about the other creatures that enjoy my plants too. So what am I going to do? Am I going to look at my mint plant every day and be mad at whatever ate it or enjoy what is still available to me while the plant fills out again?

Our keyword is to have patience but not to wait. Within our patience we can take action, stay focused, be mindful of this process and make room for joy. What can we do, every day, to stay within our power? What can we do to be happy, no matter how miserable we feel? God won’t take us out of our misery, that’s our job. But we will have doors open when we seek joy. I have decided to take ballet, in fulfillment of a childhood dream. It’s a small thing but it is something I can do now (and it’s good exercise).

I challenge you to find something that brings you joy as you wait for the movement to begin again and to rescue yourself out of your misery. What you will find as soon as you seek joy you will stop wondering when it will all end and enjoy the journey, and the movement will begin as soon as you stop worrying about it.

Accept all gifts of understanding with gratitude and use them to apply forgiveness, release and healing to every situation. Ask for guidance and confirmation and then wait for it to come to you. Above all, be grateful for this opportunity to be part of humanity’s amazing shift in consciousness. Many blessings in these miraculous and amazing times.

Your Purpose Will Find You

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by Dr. Wayne Dyer -
We become what we think about all day long. What thoughts do you have that inhibit you from feeling as if you’re on purpose in your life? For instance, if you think that you’re separate from your pur­pose and that you’re drifting without direction through your life, then that’s precisely what you’ll attract.

Suppose, instead, that you know this is a purposeful universe where your thoughts, emotions, and actions are a part of your free will and are also connected to the power of intention. Suppose that your thoughts of being purposeless and aimless are really a part of your purpose. Just as the thought of losing someone you love makes you love them even more, or an illness makes you treasure your health, suppose that it takes the thought of your unimportance to make you realize your value.

When you’re awake enough to question your purpose and ask how to connect to it, you’re being prodded by the power of inten­tion. The very act of questioning why you’re here is an indication that your thoughts are nudging you to reconnect to the field of intention. What’s the source of your thoughts about your purpose? Why do you want to feel purposeful? Why is a sense of purpose con­sidered the highest attribute of a fully functioning person? The source of thought is an infinite reservoir of energy and intelligence.

In a sense, thoughts about your purpose are really your purpose trying to reconnect to you. That inner beingness knows why you’re here, but your ego prods you to chase after money, prestige, popularity, and sensory pleas­ures and miss the purpose of living. You may feel sated and gain a reputation, but inside there’s that gnawing feeling typified by the old Peggy Lee song “Is That All There Is?”

Focusing on the demands of the ego leaves you feeling unfulfilled. Deep within you, at the level of your being, is what you were intended to become, to accomplish, and to be. In that inner placeless place, you’re con­nected to the power of intention. It will find you.

Make a conscious effort to contact it and listen. Practice being what you are at the source of your soul. Go to your soul level, where intention and pur­pose fit together so perfectly that you achieve the epiphany of sim­ply knowing this is it.

Developing Discernment

by Mashubi Rochell –

Learning to See Truth in Today’s Complex World:

A new time is upon us as the many challenges of today’s world escalate and cry out for healing. What is needed now is concerted action on the part of each individual, to join together with others to create positive change in the world. This is not always as easy as it sounds, for the problems we face individually and collectively are multi-layered, and the process of attempting to create positive change activates many forces that oppose change.

Another challenge faced by anyone who wished to help create positive change in the world, is that of developing discernment and the ability to see underneath the surface of things to understand what is really going on. This ability to discern truth will become even more important in the years ahead.

In today’s world, there is much at stake and all of us have a part to play in helping to create the kind of world that we wish to leave to our children and grandchildren. How then do we navigate the enormous complexities of today’s world, and make the kinds of decisions and choices that will have a positive outcome?

The following are some ways that you can begin to hone your innate sense of truth and to develop discernment in relation to the information you receive.

1. Truth has a vibration, a quality of energy that can be felt. We are born with the ability to sense this, and many of us had to “learn” to ignore our truth sense in order to survive in the world. Truth can be felt in the body, the mind and the heart. You can begin to develop discernment by having the intention to do so. Your intention will activate a learning process that will create a healing process that restores your natural inner sense of truth.

2. Remember that all information has a bias. In today’s world, the mainstream media sources of information all have vested financial interests and biases that they transmit through their broadcasts. You need to develop the ability to question what you are hearing or seeing, to do your own research, and then asking your “inner truth meter” whether the information feels credible to you.

3. When you need to make important decisions about people, you need to have your own experience of that individual. It is not enough to listen to experts commenting on that person, you need to see and hear them yourself, or read what they have written in their own words. Pay attention not just to the words, but to what is said underneath the words, through the body language and energy of the person.

4. Learn to pay attention to your body’s subtle physical and emotional signals, which often have information that your conscious mind may have learned to ignore. This is useful in all situations, and especially in relation to listening to other people speak. Your innate inner truth sense is always operating, even when you may have learned to not listen to it. For example, you notice that whenever you hear a particular person speak, you find yourself feeling tense and getting a little spaced out, and you “tune out” their words. Another person that you see appears seems likeable enough, but your “gut feelings” put up a red flag, and just don’t trust them. Another person speaks and you find yourself feeling empowered and uplifted, and want to hear more of what they say. These body signals can provide important information to you that is beyond what your conscious mind is aware of.

5. Become aware of your own emotional baggage that you carry, that may influence your choices. For example, if you grew up with an abusive father and developed a problem with authority figures, become aware of the emotional dynamics that are operating in your life as a result of this. How does your past affect the choices you make in your life today? How do these influence your perceptions of people? Do these choices empower you today? You have the ability to see clearly, beyond your personal emotional pain of the past.

As each of us creates the intention to see clearly and to make choices based on our own inner sense of truth, we can expand the network of love, light and truth in the world and help to create a more positive future for all of humanity.

Loving Your Physical Body

by Dr. Joshua David Stone-

Your physical body is part of God’s physical body. We are Sons and Daughters of God and incarnations of God living in physical bodies. The physical body is our Temple just as the infinite material universe is God’s temple.

The physical body has a consciousness. There are tiny elemental beings that live in our physical body that have helped to create it, esoterically known as the “body elemental.” It is possible to communicate with the body elemental and we must train ourselves to get in touch with it. When the physical body gets sick or goes haywire, this means there is some lesson you need to learn. You must adjust your consciousness and lifestyle to work with the wants and needs of the physical body.

The physical body is the instrument and vehicle of the Soul, which is you! It has a consciousness but it is not meant to run your life. You are meant to run your life. It must be integrated, loved and honored, but just as with your other bodies, you are meant to be the captain of your own ship and make all your bodies (Spiritual, mental, emotional, etheric, and physical) serve you.

How is your Physical Body Affected?

Every thought you think lodges some place in your aura and affects the physical body! Every feeling and emotion you feel affects the physical body. The subconscious mind is the seat of your feelings and emotions. You can’t feel anger, for example, without this affecting your liver and organs. People often get ulcers from worrying. So, you see the connections between Spirit, mind, feelings and your physical body!

If you don’t love your physical body, you can imagine the adverse effect it can have on the physical body. Your physical body is part of God’s body in a microcosmic sense. To not love it is to not love a part of God! It also means to not love the consciousness and intelligence that has created the form and is constantly maintaining the form. So, strive to love, care for and honor your physical body as well as maintain Self-Mastery over it. It should be done in a balanced and integrated manner in order for you to achieve full God Realization and Perfect Radiant Health!

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Living Out Loud

by Keith Varnum –

Every time someone asks us a question, we have a choice to make, “How much truth shall I express?” “How much of my True Self should I reveal?” Among our choices are the “convenient” truth, the “diplomatic” truth, the “socially accepted” truth, or the “absolute” truth—that is, “the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God!”

Do any of us even know the absolute truth about any situation in our lives? And can we ourselves handle the whole truth all at once about any subject? Let alone share that depth with others? I make a practical choice. I state to myself this daily intention: “I allow myself to express as much truth as I am now safe and clear enough to express lovingly and gracefully.”

What’s the Big Deal? Why is it so important to tell as much truth as you can in life? There’s an awesome power in personal authenticity and accuracy. When we express ourselves genuinely, we’re choosing freedom and happiness over the prison and pathos of lies.

When we tell the truth, we bring ourselves into the joy of integrity simply by describing what is so. We exchange the suffering of lying for the delight of heartful expression. An honest person is unbound and content by virtue of not being lost in their own fictions.

Living Out Loud is communication that is honest, open, direct, complete and transparent. Until we are honest with who we are, we can never really connect with other people. Releasing a heavy load of pretense leads to real aliveness and intimacy with others. When we shed our armor and start telling the truth, we are accepted by others. And we then have the freedom to create what we want in life according to our own preferences, rather than imagined obligations and role requirements.

More Love – Telling more truth more of the time is a great way to live and a great way to love. We’re not loving anybody to whom we are lying. Contrary to what your mind might tell you, lies don’t help you attract more love, romance and sex. Truth does!

A Lying Lifestyle – In a recent survey of 40,000 Americans, 93% admitted to lying “regularly and habitually in the workplace.” And we lie almost as much in our personal lives. By making lying a lifestyle, we’ve missed the creative power and fun of simply being our Real Selves. Lying isn’t wrong; it’s just very hazardous to our health and happiness.

When We Tell the Truth, We…

·Quit invalidating the brilliant nature of our unique spirit.

·Interact with others as the wise beings we are, instead of the masks we are not.

·Expose the untruths in the present that are blocking our health, wealth and happiness.

·Discover firsthand that life works best when we express ourselves authentically.

·Are the same person with everyone in our lives: our parents, family, friends, lover, boss.

Quit the Maintenance Project – Lying to ourselves and others by trying to maintain a false picture of our life is the primary source of most tension and anxiety. The stress of constantly pretending, avoiding being found out, and trying to maintain inauthentic relationships is an ongoing source of inner conflict and misery.

Popular Fallacies about the Benefits of Lying:

1. The mind often tells us that we need to lie about something to stay safe. But by being inaccurate about the facts, we mislead ourselves into perceiving a false reality. And, in the absence of clarity and accuracy, our life decisions are made from cover-up and denial, which is anything but safe.

2. Our emotions say to us that the truth is too scary. But the truth leads to relief, release and freedom. Lying leads to a self-imposed fear of life itself—that is, the actual reality of any situation.

3. The mind convinces us that lying is easy. In actuality, lies take immense amounts of energy to maintain—and thus deplete our vitality. And being dishonest is restrictive. Open, spontaneous, unedited expression is invigorating.

4. Many people believe that it works to lie. At first people may buy into your misinformation. But deep down everyone knows when we’re lying to them. Our honest feedback or response is the greatest gift we can give to another person. People love us when we give up our pretense. And, remember, our life experiences are uniquely ours. Validation by others doesn’t make our experience right. Disagreement doesn’t make our experience wrong.

5. A commonly held belief is that lying is practical. This may appear to be the case in the short run. However, the truth about any situation eventually comes to the surface. Then the lie has created a bigger problem than it originally avoided. Lying is not effective over the long haul of life. When we don’t admit right away what is real and factual, false assumptions get set in motion that eventually backfire on us.

The Truth is Our Best Friend - Joy and love grow and last when our daily expression is aligned with our soul purpose and passion. It’s more fun and exciting to be aware and accurate than it is to be numb and in denial. Once we experience the difference between the aliveness of being present and the dullness of being unconscious, we realize the choice is a no-brainer, so to speak!

Benefits of Honest Communication

·Improved relationships with boss, peers and clients at work

·Increased sexual pleasure with your partner

·A body and environment that truly supports us in being ourselves

·Rapid healing of the past

·A livelihood that expresses one’s genuine self

·More effectiveness in manifesting the future you desire

·A lighter, easier life that is more fulfilling

Truth Begets Energy – When we’re in our minds thinking—and editing what we’re saying—we’re lost somewhere in the remembered past or imagined future. We’re not here and now where our creative power is.

As we show up fully in the present to handle each moment of life accurately, we emancipate tremendous energy that comes home to us as our personal power. More energy can flow through a congruent, aligned life. Each time we align our actions with our Real Self, the energy is released that was holding the non-harmonious lies in place. As we deal with each new life encounter with integrity, we naturally undo the patterns of inaccurate, inappropriate and non-aligned decisions that were made when we were lying. We can use this liberated creative life force to fund our deepest dreams.

When we tell ourselves the truth about what truly is—and is not—working in our lives, we can make real and lasting changes. Real magic occurs when we deal with what is really so in our lives, instead of what we wish, think, believe, hope or assert is true. Being present in our truth is more effective, helpful, powerful, safe and loving than living unconsciously in lies.

Hidden Souls

by Skye Thomas –

I suppose it’s the nature of the thing that you would feel that you are alone and that nobody else is going through what you are going through. You have worked on yourself, healing, changing, growing, and becoming more enlightened as to the way the game of life is played. The result is that you really don’t feel like playing anymore. No, you aren’t suicidal, but rather you just want to be left alone. You see the world as superficial and fake. You see the people you love self-destructing right before your very eyes and you have tried to help them only to find that your help is not wanted. You have even wrestled with that until you understand that you cannot force others to accept your enlightenment and your wisdom. You cannot force others to accept your views of life, of peace, of balance, of harmony, of personal reflection, and self-accountability. Eventually, like a hermit, you go off to live your simple perfectly balanced beautiful little life alone.

This is not the same as the lost souls who do not know who they are or where they are in life. This is about those souls who know exactly who they are, where they are in life, and have a pretty good idea of where they are heading and what it will look like when they get there. These people have ambition, direction, drive, and often some form of a spiritual calling, a higher ideal, or a humanitarian cause that motivates them to give of themselves to humanity in ways that others cannot understand. These souls hear a small voice whispering to them to go public with their peaceful harmonious ways. But going public is noisy, harsh, rude, prejudiced, and often dangerous for the gentle calm souls. So they hide.

Anger and pain controls a lot of people. It’s a sad fact. We all know someone who still allows their childhood wounds to dictate and control their every decision. We all know of people who are afraid to really open up and love someone else for fear of being rejected and hurt again. Anger is a passionate motivator. People who are really ticked off are seldom docile and quiet about it. Take an angry mob and see how long you can keep them in a peaceful calm quiet logical state. Anger is overwhelming and powerful. It controls and threatens whatever looks like the source of that rage, fear, or pain.

Now look at love and inner peace. By nature, love is not controlling or dominating. It is a light that shines and warms, but it does not push and shove. Take a crowd of people who are all in a loving openhearted peaceful state, like a congregation after listening to a beautiful uplifting sermon, or an audience who has just watched a musician play something amazingly spellbinding that touches their deepest heart. For just a moment, the crowd sits awash in the joyful calm not wanting to break the sacred silence.

The hidden souls are trying to live their lives like that congregation and the truth is, it is hard to hold onto our warm cozy feelings while being cut off in traffic, screamed at by irate customers, and listening to a critic say that we aren’t very good at whatever gift we are trying to offer the world. It’s so much easier for the musician to play alone in his room, the writer journals just for themselves, the artist hides their work away, and the heart does not reach out to new people anymore. These people hide their gentle souls because they want to remain gentle in a world that is harsh and often cruel.

Then that small voice of spirit calls out from the inner sanctuary of our minds telling us we must come forward and share our gifts. “The world needs your gift as much as you need to share it.” Terrified, we wrestle with that guiding voice telling it to leave us alone in our hermit’s nest. It is in that struggle to maintain our loving hearts while confronted with other people’s hatred that we find just how sacred the love in our hearts is.

You were taught how to hold an inner light while held safely away from the chaos and ugliness of the “real world.” You were spiritually healed, taught, and enlightened in your safe sanctuary, but that is just a false world designed for the beginner to learn. Once you have mastered your own heart and mind and have learned how to be a truly beautifully balanced loving soul, then you will be kicked out of the nest and told to go spread that light. Yes, you are different from what appears to be the norm. You won’t know how many others are out there just like you until you come out of your hiding spot and begin to interact on a deep heartfelt level with all of humanity.

You must step into the darkness or nobody will know that you are a shining light, my dear. Yes, I know you are content to simply light up your safe secret little corner of the world. Yes, I know that you no longer have an ego attachment that needs for the world to see you as shining and glorious. You would be perfectly content hiding away in your sanctuary, working, singing, laughing, and loving just the safest people that you have met. However, it’s not for you that you must shine your light into the darkness. It’s for those lost souls who are frightened, broken, and alone. It is so seldom that a Gandhi or a Mother Theresa appears on the scene, that the lost souls do not believe that unconditional love really exists on a day-to-day level. You do not build lighthouses in safe sunny places. You put them on the edge of the shore where the storms are. You are a beacon of light in the storm of humanity. Deal with it, and get to work doing what you were trained to do.

The Wake-Up Crew

by Keith Varnum -

Are You Part of the Wake Up Crew?

Many people living on the planet right now have volunteered to accept the opportunity to play teaching, healing, inspirational and leadership roles during this current planetary transformation. These assignments have been accepted by each individual’s soul prior to birth. Most folks have a kind of amnesia concerning these agreements. The energy fields of natural Power Spots have the capacity to awaken an individual to their destiny agreement—to stimulate recognition of their deeper purpose in living.

Power Spots in Nature have unique energetic characteristics and qualities to assist people in their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual development—and thereby enable them to fulfill their life purpose. Such places express an irresistible spiritual magnetism on the hearts and souls of the people who resonate with them. These sites have a magical ability to lift the human soul above the problems of daily existence into an awareness of the Great Spirit and our specific connection to The Grand Plan.

Stalk Power Spots

Power Spots play a very potent role in the quest for one’s Self. A Power Place is anywhere you feel centered, grounded and connected with Primal Life Force. Power Spots can be geographical locations, a positioning in a room full of people, or a precise moment in time when it is most advantageous to act. Designating a certain place and time as a focus of strength is ultimately a subjective, individual act of empowerment.

Boost Your Aliveness

Being grounded and connected makes us feel more safe and centered. The safer we feel, the more courageous, able and willing we are to perceive the truth of what is so. The more accurately we perceive the world around us, the better we deal with things in our life. The better we handle our world, the more fun it is to be present. The more consciously we show up, the more alive we feel. The more vibrant we feel, the more awake we want to be. The more awake we are, the more accurately we see what’s really going on, the better we deal with life, the more exciting and exhilarating it is to be conscious. This spontaneous process quickly snowballs in a wonderful direction of waking up fully to our natural wisdom.

Uncover Your Essential Self

You can use the natural physical world to reveal the true workings going on underneath the surface appearance of all form. In Nature the deceit of Illusion is exposed, and you glimpse the core reality within the outer physical shell. The inter-dimensional veils between the visible and invisible worlds are gossamer-thin in the silent, timeless spaces of Wilderness, permitting easy access to other dimensions of life.

Nature offers a safe, nurturing environment for deep introspection, self-discovery and soul retrieval. Clear intention to awaken—combined with the isolation and solitude of a place of timeless harmony, balance and tranquility—stimulates a dynamic, alchemical odyssey. When you delve deeply into your relationship with the Earth and your God, you let the Land teach you greater intimacy, clarity and personal integrity.

Free from the confining shackles of the modern world, you uncover a new vision of your life. You learn to trust the physical universe to fully support you as you follow your own unique path. You find your way back to your heart and soul, and reclaim the strength and clarity to stand in your personal truth.

Seeing the Secrets of Life

“Seeing” life reveals its secrets. When you “see” beneath the surface appearance of events—instead of simply “looking” at the outer presentation, you tap into the realm of true wisdom. The same essential dynamic of unfolding moves through every aspect of life—natural and human. You see the same patterns of ebb and flow, catalyst and change, destruction and transformation, in the sphere of sexuality and spirituality, science and emotion, thunderstorms and arguments.

As you begin to perceive the similar recurring patterns of energy flowing through all life behind-the-scenes, you begin to experience “the river running through it all.” When you get still enough inside—mentally and emotionally, you can feel the common thread of spiral movement that flows through all life and gives animation to all things. You get a very tangible sense of how all creation operates. One who has mastered life is one who has mastered the way life flows. Nature is our best teacher of the way life plays.

Break on through to the Other Side

Breakthrough and transformation can come through an intuitive, respectful reunion with Wilderness. You experience a palpable time warp between the everyday world and the timeless soul oasis of the lost Wildness. The Ancients Ones, alive in the vibrations of the Land, call to you to meet and play with your extended family of kindred spirits. You absorb the wisdom of knurled trees and majestic, ancient temples of dark moss forests. You cleanse and purify your body and soul in clear, spring-fed pools. You hike though a rainbow. You soar with hawks upwards into the clouds to a new appreciation of the infinite scope of your spirit. You hear your inner voice speaking to you in the whisper of the wind and the howl of a timber wolf. “You” disappear into the expansive night sky.

You can lose your “self” in the mystery and magic of ageless vortexes guarded by ancient forests. You can find your “Self” in the raucous rambling of untamed creeks and canyons. Hidden behind the grandeur of serrated, jewel-toned cliffs; the awesome, wild beauty of graceful trees; and the serene sound of rushing mountain streams lies the living consciousness of Gaia, the Greek Goddess of the Earth. These transformational treasures are ready to rejuvenate your body and spirit.

Walk the Way of the Warrior

The Nature Warrior walks the path that matters most, the path of spiritual purpose—the journey that leads us Home. Spirit Warriors live their passion, speak the divine truth, create love with heart, and build karmic freedom portals with each footstep. The Wilderness pilgrimage is a cosmic journey into your own soul, into the depths of your own knowing through its natural reflection in the world around you. You explore the fluid, flexible nature of the physical universe. Guided by the precise, practical mirror of the outer natural world, you open to loving without fear and enjoying without judgment. In Nature you tap unexpected new sources of strength, joy, ecstasy and inner peace.

Play a Bigger Game

Expand your playfield. This Earth-Human connection can be a two-way street. Natural Power Spots are particular geographic locations where a unique energetic dynamic allows for a mutually beneficial relationship between the planet and humans. People are served by the dynamic energies radiating from the sites. And, in the same manner, the presence of Earth healers at Power Spots transmit an essence of love, strength and gratitude to the planet. This deep appreciation sparks waves of vital energy that stimulates the planet’s entire energy field, and becomes a deliberate practice of planetary acupuncture. With pure conscious intention, a human being with a loving heart functions as an acupuncture needle to move stuck energy of the Earth.

Renew Yourself and the Planet

This sharing of human chi builds a bridge to a new paradigm and re-kindles conscious awareness in the lost relationship between the planet and its human inhabitants. Combined with other folks with the same unifying intention, you can seed a future of cooperation, community and co-creation between all forms of life—planetary, animal, elemental, human and divine. Merging with Nature you learn how to become an active player in healing your own spirit while at the same time healing the body and soul of the planet.


Life Without Limits

by Jennifer Hoffman -

If you had no limitations in your life, what would you be doing at this moment? What kind of work would you do, where would you live, what would your house look like? If you were in the perfect relationship, what would that be like? Each of you will have a different response because you each want different things and have a different view of your limitless life would look like. And yet, your life can be exactly what you want it to be because once you understand that you have no limitations you can begin to create your life instead of living the life that you believe you can have.

You live in a limitless Universe, why do you believe that your own abilities are limited? There is nothing that separates you from Creator except your belief that you are less than divine. This belief serves no purpose but to create limitations in your reality and keeps your dreams out of your reach. Nothing is impossible for you because only that which you desire is available to you.

Your doubts and fears are as powerful as your faith. There are no powerless beliefs and thoughts. Each one has equal power and each one participates in the creation of your reality. Blocks are created when you send out a wish for something you want and follow it by a doubt that it will come to you. This creates limitations that will not move until your faith in your own creative power is the only energy that you allow.

When you live each day without limits you allow all of the many blessings that are possible for you to flow. Imagine your life as an endless flow of miracles, where your every need is fulfilled. This is what you have come here to do and it is possible for you. This week, state your intention to live without limits, to have your every wish and desire fulfilled in the most perfect way possible. Put all of the power of your faith behind this intention and watch the miracles flow to you. Once you experience this you will understand what it means to create the reality of your dreams and to live effortlessly.

Developing Peace and Light Within

by Mashubi Rochell –

Dearest Beloved Ones, The blessing of greater light on the Earth is opening new possibilities for all of humanity. Because there still exists the covering of energies of darkness within the energetic atmosphere of the Earth, it is not always possible to perceive the light or the new possibilities that are unfolding.

It is important during this time to have the opportunity to develop an inner anchor of peace and light, even when events and energies are swirling around you. The presence of divine peace exists as a vibration that is a part of divine light, and you can access this energy with intention and prayer.

The pace of events continues to accelerate, and many souls are involved in a process of transition to the next level of their service to God. For some this transition involves stepping out of the realms of physical existence into the next life. For some this involves being the unexpected stewards of new life that is arriving on the Earth.

For some this service involves assuming new responsibilities, visibility and leadership within the realm of Earthly affairs. For some this transition involves passing their previous roles and responsibilities gratefully and gracefully to the next generation of lightworkers. For all souls it is a time of movement and change, transition and transformation.

The next generation of lightworkers are preparing to enter into the realm of active and visible service, working alongside their brothers and sister of the light. These beings carry a different vibration that may at first not be visible, but that is intended to anchor a new level of God’s light into the Earthly dimension of physical matter. Stepping forward is not easy for these souls who have suffered greatly under the recent spiritual atmosphere, and because their vibration has attracted oppositional energies which have created many obstacles, challenges and delays in their work.

Beloved ones, the time is ripe for receiving the new blessings of God’s light. Hold the intention to strengthen inner peace, inner light and divine love in your heart during this time of great movement and transformation. Anchor the strength of light in your body to nourish and sustain you during the challenges of this time. We bow to you, devoted lightworkers and servants of God. May God continue to bless you, keep you and support you in your holy work. With all love and blessings, Amen.

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Step Up to Your Destiny

by Nancy Leilah Ward –

Dear Ones, we are Many of One here to bring you messages from beyond the physical realms as we observe your progress on the spiritual evolutionary path that all are involved with on Planet Earth.

We feel the need to give you a strong message here, for you are at an important turning point and it is essential to be vigilant and to make conscious choices. Many of you have learned of the importance of the radiant energy you send out into your lives and into the aura of the Earth. Love is the highest vibrational frequency. The Creator Source energy is a river of unconditional love. This river runs through each and every one of us, whether we are in the physical or not. How is this river flowing within you? Is it choked with emotional and mental density or is if flowing free and clear? You have been clearing and healing your energies for many years now and you are most beloved, honored and respected for the work you have been doing, for as you clear your energy, you clear it for all of humankind.

We wish to tell you now that there is no room for petty grievances and for sending negative energies towards others. Be mindful of your thoughts, your hurts and your angers. Examine what is within you that is in pain and in need of your attention. Practice compassion for yourself and for others with whom you may be having difficulties. When you send out resentful, toxic energies towards others, they are hit with the dense vibration. It is a waste of energy to have to dodge the bullets of other’s pain. You can all do better than this and you are being called to step up to your destiny of creating peace on earth within your own lives (micro to macro).

There is no room for blaming others and for creating an aura of anger and criticism out into the world. All energies are magnetic and this speaks to reaping what you sow. If you are sending out density, it gathers with other dense energies and creates a dark cloud that flies around the earth and gathers more density unto it. If you send out compassion and prayers that the pain within you is healed, that the pain within all is healed, then that compassion gathers with other compassionate prayers and this compassion will flow to wherever it is needed in the world. Your prayers are powerful and so are your curses. Now is the time to be vigilant, to be conscious of what energy you are sending into the world.

Compassion is a healing balm. Own up to the pain within you and open your spiritual toolbox to create the healing and release you need. What you are feeling is within you, it is not out in the world, it is not someone else’s fault. You are on your unique path to the heart and center of your being. Ask for guidance, ask for healing. We offer to you that the simplest tool you have is to fill yourself with compassion, love and acceptance.

We tell you time and again that self love is where you can begin to assist in bringing yourselves and the Earth into a higher vibration. You are in the process of creating heaven on Earth.

There will come a time somewhere in the future where the quarantine that has been around the Earth plane will be lifted and you will indeed meet your cousins, your brothers and sisters who share life in this Universe with you. As you learn to take responsibility for your feelings and experiences and begin to live in harmony with respect for all life on Earth, you are preparing to meet your intergalactic cousins without fear. For they will not come to heal you or to lift you from the muck and the mire of emotional and mental irresponsibility. They will meet you as equals—as creators of the very Universe. When that time comes, you will look into each other’s eyes and see yourselves there.

Every breath is sacred. Every thought, every movement, every deed, every moment is sacred. All life is sacred. Practice this, LIVE this in every moment of your days, cultivating a deep conscious awareness of the fact that the Creator of All That Is dwells within each and every one of you. It is the unconditional love in the River of life that we like to call the Love Force Energy.

As you clear your river and open to your connection with all life, you begin to bring your very Soul more and more into your conscious awareness. You begin to be Gods and Goddesses walking the Earth. As you embody your Soul, you will begin to find you have powers beyond your imagining. You will begin to access powers that you now rely on technology for. You have the ability to grow into super-conscious beings with the ability to manifest all you need to live and thrive on Earth. You manifest out of your vibrational frequency, so if your river is choked with resentment, fear and insecurity, those are the essences that you will create. You have all the help you need in releasing and healing yourselves at the deepest level.

So we say this to you, take responsibility for all that you create. Life doesn’t happen to you. You create all that you experience. Humans are very good at telling stories and it is a wonder to behold. However, sometimes you tell yourself stories about situations and other people that are designed to keep you in a place of stagnation, or a place of pain. As your conscious awareness grows, you will become cognizant of when you are creating a fantasy that serves your pain instead of your joy.

You are receiving wake up calls through your life experiences. This is a time to listen to your hearts. Allow your heart to be your guide. Awaken and take your place as keepers of the flames of love and as you do so, the stars will open for you. We and your Intergalactic brothers and sisters are sending steady beams of love and compassion to you. It is with much love and respect that we give you this message. Blessings in joy and peace.

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When Everything Falls Apart

We often have the perception that self-growth will be simple, enjoyable, and rewarding. It certainly can be, but there is also another aspect of the self-growth journey that is rarely mentioned. And that is, when everything falls apart.

One of the major parts of self-growth is learning how to look inside yourself and get clear about certain things. Most often, this involves recognizing and dissolving inner blockages. These are usually deep-rooted beliefs that we formed in childhood, or at least the early part of our lives. Sounds good, right? It’s very good, actually, because these beliefs are usually what prevent us from living fully productive lives. These are the beliefs that keep us stuck in self-destructive patterns and have a negative effect on all aspects of our lives. So dissolving them is an excellent idea.

The problem is that these deep-rooted beliefs are part of the foundation upon which our current lives are built. When we dissolve inner blockages, there are suddenly gaping holes in our foundation, which cannot support what is resting above them. Inevitably, something will slip down into the hole, causing pain and turmoil and terror.

That’s what happened to me this week. My eyes were opened in a big way about a blockage I had been struggling with since early childhood. I finally felt totally clear on why it was there, and I understood exactly what I needed to do to dissolve it. So, I set about doing just that — and then everything fell apart. That’s the understatement of the century. Everything I thought I knew about my life suddenly became a lie, and I was shaken to my very core.

I spent a couple of days feeling shell-shocked. Then another couple of days grieving. Then the light dawned. Finally, I understood what was happening, and I could see clearly how everything is interconnected. It was no accident that everything fell apart just when I was finally making progress on my inner blockages. They fell apart BECAUSE I was making progress on my inner blockages.

As painful as it is, it’s a good thing, because my life circumstances were built on lies. The lies were the early beliefs I had formed about myself since childhood. Once I began changing those beliefs, my life circumstances began changing also. Change is good, but it can also be scary and painful as hell. It is necessary however, because in order to build something better, we need to tear down what already exists.

In my own experiences, I’ve noticed that there is a direct correlation between the size of the blockages we dissolve, and the magnitude of destruction it causes in our lives. If we dissolve a small blockage, something small will fall apart in relation. Maybe our car will break down, or we will develop a minor illness. When we dissolve a very LARGE blockage, something equally as large will begin to slide into the abyss. Our marriage might fall apart. Or we might lose our job. Or we might experience a more serious illness or accident.

As frightening as this sounds, it’s a very important part of the process because it makes us sit up and take notice! Most often, the parts of our lives that begin to fall apart weren’t that great to begin with. They didn’t serve our higher purpose, even though we may have felt comfortable with them.

So, how do we deal with the pain and fear when everything falls apart? Our first reaction might be to run away to avoid feeling the pain. Another reaction might be to try and put everything back the way it was before it fell apart. But doing so only delays the process. Remember that the destruction is necessary in order to make room for the rebuilding of something better. In order to complete the process, we need to stay with it. Yes, there will likely be pain and discomfort involved. There will be fear. There will be anger and grief. But there will also be an awakening deeper than any we have experienced before, and our eyes will be opened in powerful ways.

Here’s how to stay with the process through its completion:

1) Look closer. When everything falls apart, pay special attention to the exact circumstances that have begun deteriorating. This gives you a BIG clue about the biggest lies (limiting beliefs you have formed) about yourself, and your life. Look for the connection between the blockages you are dissolving, and the circumstances that are coming apart at the seams. For example, if you have begun exploring your true talents and abilities, and then you suddenly lose your job, a little introspection may help you to realize that your job didn’t allow you to USE those talents and abilities, so it needed to be removed to make way for a more fulfilling career. Sometimes the connections can be a little more vague and you may have to dig a little deeper. It may take some time to fully understand how everything is related, but if you keep at it, you will come to understand it and you can then use that knowledge to rebuild something better.

2) Grieve. Yes, you MUST allow yourself to grieve! Just because the old circumstances were built on “lies” doesn’t mean you won’t feel a sense of loss and sadness as they unravel. Allow yourself to go through that. Cry as much as you need to, and stay with the sadness for as long as necessary to move completely through it.

3) Follow through with the destruction. As much as you might want to try and “fix” everything immediately, don’t do it yet. Instead, take an active role in continuing the destruction of that which no longer serves you. Hell yes, it’s going to hurt. But at the same time, it will be so incredibly freeing and empowering. Maybe for the first time in your life, you will feel in control of your circumstances. You will be choosing to release self-limiting beliefs, and free yourself from self-destructive patterns. This “destruction” process can take many forms, but it usually involves releasing circumstances that no longer correspond with your newly emerging beliefs, such as unproductive relationships, unfulfilling jobs, etc. Be willing to let them go, and prepare yourself for the creation of something more meaningful.

4) Form new beliefs. Once you dissolve your old beliefs, you will need to form new beliefs to take their place. Usually this means replacing limiting beliefs with empowering ones. This is a process all its own, and it will take time to fully reinforce the new beliefs in your mind and heart. A helpful activity is to write out the old beliefs, and then write your new (and usually opposite) beliefs right next to them. Example: Old belief, “I am not worthy of love.” New belief, “I am worthy of love. I deserve to be loved.” Then simply keep reinforcing these new beliefs until they become a strong part of your foundation.

5) Begin rebuilding. This is the fun part! It can be a bit confusing, however. What do we build? And how? Especially if the destruction process was particularly painful and life altering, we may feel at a loss about where to begin again. And the answer is: let your heart lead you. Think about what you really want your life to be, and then begin taking the steps to create it. That might involve getting an exciting new job, or moving to a new location, or building new relationships. The important thing is to be sure that your old beliefs have been replaced by new, empowering ones. Otherwise you will simply re-create circumstances that don’t serve you, and you’ll eventually have to go through the destruction process all over again! Listen closely to the urgings of your heart, and use them to guide you along the path to a better life.

This isn’t an easy process by any means. But it is oh so fulfilling and exhilarating if we embrace it and allow it to happen without fighting against the pain and fear. Through our trials and challenges come new levels of growth, wisdom, and inner strength beyond our wildest dreams. We just need to stay with the process and watch for the rainbows after the storm.

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Nurturing Your Intention

by Dr. Wayne Dyer –

Following are ten ways to practice nurturing your intention to respect yourself at all times:

Step 1: Look into a mirror, make eye connection with yourself, and say “I love me” as many times as possible during your day. I love me: These three magic words help you maintain your self-respect. Now, be aware that saying these words maybe difficult at first because of the conditions you’ve been exposed to over a lifetime and because the words may bring to the surface remnants of disrespect that your ego wants you to hold on to.

Your immediate impulse might be to see this as an expression of your ego’s desire to be superior to everyone else. But this is not an ego statement at all – it’s an affirmation of self-respect. Transcend that ego mind and affirm your love for yourself and your connection to the spirit of God. This doesn’t make you superior to anyone; it makes you equal to all and celebrates that you’re in a piece of God. Affirm it for your own self-respect. Affirm it in order to be respectful of that which intended you here. Affirm it because it’s the way you’ll stay connected to your Source and regain the power of intention. I love me. Say it without embarrassment. Say it proudly and be that image of love and self-respect.

Step 2: Write the following affirmation and repeat it over and over again to yourself: I am whole and perfect as I was created! Carry this thought with you wherever you go. Have it laminated and place it in your pocket, on your dashboard, on your refrigerator or next to your bed – allow the words to become a source of high energy and self-respect. By simply carrying these words with you and being in the same space with them, their energy will flow directly to you.

Self-respect emerges from the fact that you respect the Source from which you came and you’ve made a decision to reconnect to that Source, regardless of what anyone else might think. It’s very important to keep reminding yourself at the beginning that you’re worthy of infinite respect from the one Source you can always count on, the piece of God energy that defines you. This reminder will do wonders for your self-respect, and consequently your ability to use the power of intention in your life. Over and over, remind yourself: I’m not my body. I’m not my accumulations. I’m not my achievements. I’m not my reputation. I am whole and perfect as I was created!

Step 3: Extend more respect to others and to all of life. Perhaps the greatest secret of self-esteem is to appreciate other people more. The easiest way to do this is to see the unfolding of God in them. Look past the judgments of others’ appearance, failures and successes, their status in society, their wealth or lack of it – and extend appreciation and love to the Source from which they came. Everyone is a child of God – everyone! Try to see this even in those who behave in what appears to be a godless fashion. Know that by extending love and respect, you can turn that energy around so that it’s heading back to its Source rather than away from it. In short, send out respect because that is what you have to give away. Send out judgment and low energy and that is what you’ll attract back. Remember, when you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself as someone who needs to judge. The same applies to judgments directed at you.

Step 4: Affirm to yourself and all others that you meet, I belong! A sense of belonging is one of the highest attributes on Abraham Maslow’s pyramid of self-actualization (see February 2007 issue of phenomeNEWS). Feeling that you don’t belong or you’re in the wrong place can be due to a lack of self-respect. Respect yourself and your divinity by knowing that everyone belongs. This should never come into question. Your presence here in the universe is proof alone that you belong here. No person decides if you belong here. No government determines if some belong and some don’t. This is an intelligent system that you’re a part of. The wisdom of Creation intended you to be here, in this place, in this family with these siblings and parents, occupying this precious space. Say it to yourself and affirm it whenever necessary: I belong! And so does everyone else. No one is here by accident!

Step 5: Remind yourself that you’re never alone. My self-respect stays intact as long as I know that it’s impossible for me to be alone. I have a “senior partner” who’s never abandoned me and who’s stuck with me even in moments when I had seemingly deserted my Source. I feel that if the universal mind has enough respect to allow me to come here and to work through me – and to protect me in times when I strayed onto dangerous nonspiritual turf – then this partnership deserves my reciprocal respect. I recall my friend Pat McMahon, a talk-show host on KTAR radio in Phoenix, Arizona, telling me about his encounter with Mother Teresa in his studio before interviewing her for his program. He pleaded with her to allow him to do something for her. “Anything at all,” he begged. “I’d just like to help you in some way.” She looked at him and said, “Tomorrow morning get up at 4:00 A.M. and go out onto the streets of Phoenix. Find someone who lives there and believes that he’s alone and convince him that he’s not.” Great advice, because everyone who wallows in self-doubt or appears to be lost has lost their self-respect because they’ve forgotten that they’re not alone.

Step 6: Respect your body! You’ve been provided with a perfect body to house your inner invisible being for a few brief moments in eternity. Regardless of its size, shape, color or any imagined infirmities, it’s a perfect creation for the purpose that you were intended here for. You don’t need to work at getting healthy; health is something you already have if you don’t disturb it. You may have disturbed your healthy body by overfeeding it, under exercising it and over stimulating it with toxins or drugs that make it sick, fatigued, jumpy, anxious, depressed, bloated, ornery or an endless list of maladies. You can begin the fulfillment of this intention to live a life of self-respect by honoring the temple that houses you. You know what to do. You don’t need another diet, workout manual or personal trainer. Go within, listen to your body and treat it with all of the dignity and love that your self-respect demands.

Step 7: Meditate to stay in conscious contact with your Source, which always respects you. I can’t say this enough: meditation is a way to experience what the five senses can’t detect. When you’re connected to the field of intention, you’re connected to the wisdom that’s within you. That divine wisdom has great respect for you and it cherishes you while you’re here. Meditation is a way to ensure that you stay in a state of self-respect. Regardless of all that goes on around you, when you enter into that sacred space of meditation, all doubts about your value as an esteemed creation dissolve. You’ll emerge from the solemnity of meditation feeling connected to your Source and enjoying respect for all beings, particularly yourself.

Step 8: Make amends with adversaries. The act of making amends sends out a signal of respect for your adversaries. By radiating this forgiving energy outward, you’ll find this same kind of respectful positive energy flowing back toward you. By being big enough to make amends and replace the energy of anger, bitterness and tension with kindness – even if you still insist that you’re right – you’ll respect yourself much more than prior to your act of forgiveness. If you’re filled with rage toward anyone, there’s a huge part of you that resents the presence of this debilitating energy. Take a moment right here and now to simply face that person who stands out in your mind as someone you hurt, or directed hurt to you, and tell him or her that you’d like to make amends. You’ll notice how much better you feel. That good feeling of having cleared the air is self-respect. It takes much more courage, strength of character and inner conviction to make amends than it does to hang on to the low-energy feelings.

Step 9: Always remember the self in self-respect. In order to do this, you must recognize that the opinions of others toward you aren’t facts, they’re opinions. When I speak to an audience of 500 people, there are 500 opinions of me in the room at the end of the evening. I’m none of those opinions. I can’t be responsible for how they view me. The only thing I can be responsible for is my own character, and this is true for every one of us. If I respect myself, then I’m relying on the self in self-respect. If I doubt myself, or punish myself, I’ve not only lost my self-respect, I’ll continue to attract more and more doubt and lower-energy opinions with which to further punish myself. You can’t stay linked to the universal mind, which intends all of us here, if you fail to rely on your self for your self-respect.

Step 10: Be in a state of gratitude. You’ll discover that gratitude is the final step in each succeeding chapter. Be an appreciator rather than a depreciator of everything that shows up in your life. When you’re saying, Thank you, God, for everything, and when you’re expressing gratitude for your life and all that you see and experience, you’re respecting Creation. This respect is within you, and you can only give away what you have inside. Being in a state of gratitude is the exact same thing as being in a state of respect – respect for yourself, which you give away freely and which will return to you tenfold. I close with the words of Jesus of Nazareth, speaking through his apostle Saint Matthew (Matthew 5:48): “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Reconnect to the perfection from which you originated. You can’t have any more self-respect than that!

excerpt from ‘The Power of Intention’

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Here is the Stillness

Heaven Letters by Gloria Wendroff –

With Love and Consideration for All

Listen well to the silence within you. Within the silence are all the answers you are seeking. You understand, I am speaking of the silent Known yet Unknown within you. It cannot be seen. It cannot be heard except as your heart hears it. It speaks volumes to you, beloveds, this silence in which all is contained.

Within this Silence of the Unknown, there are no facts. Leave facts to the encyclopedias. Leave facts to the auditors. Facts are of no use to you in the limitless Unknown which carries the name of Truth. Within the silent Unknown are all the answers, and yet to what questions are the answers? Here, within the seeming Unknown, details and questions are not. Let Us call the silent Unknown the Really Known. We can call the Really Known as The-Unseen-Yet-the-All-That-There-Is-to-See.

Let Us call the relative world the known, and the Unknown the Divine Celestial, which is the Knower Knowing Himself. Here is where all is known. Here is where Truth lies. Here is where you reside, and here within is the Unknown but Known and the Unseen but Seen.

Your mind craves to know what your heart already knows. Your mind wants all the information and whys and wherefores. Your heart already knows all that exists above the details that the world finds so significant. The world makes much of what, which from a vaster perspective, is nothing at all.

Talk about a tempest in a teapot! The world is filled with teapots filled with raging tempests, which are, when all is said, much ado about nothing.

Come to the calm sea within you where I AM. Here is the Stillness, and here is Truth, and here you are as well, you who knows all that matters and knows it very well. Come back to that Silence. Enough running around outside you for a while. Come back to the Calm Ocean. Enough churning the waves. Enough flapping wildly.

Come, sit down with Me. In this silence of Ourselves, you will know all that I know, and that is Everything, everything that matters, that is.

It is not like you will think: “Oh, this doesn’t matter.” You will instantly, instinctively, intuitionally know All That Matters. You will not pick and choose. You will simply know.

The world may very well be bewildered by what you know. It is good for the world to know that it is bewildered. The world has had times when it was sure it knew everything to know, taxes, laws, government, and such. The world knows controlling all right, but it does not always know true governing, beloveds. True governing doesn’t come from control. True governing does not dangle rewards or penalties before you. True governing comes from a higher place. It comes from consciousness. Of course, it does.

On what plank are you sitting right now, beloveds? Let consciousness rise so high that each individual within the Oneness governs himself.

Laws have not stopped theft. Laws have not stopped crimes. The Ten Commandments have not stopped all they command. The Commandments are guidelines for a world that seems to need guidelines. Raise your consciousness, and you will not need laws and its relatives. Consciousness comes first, beloveds. Closeness to Me comes first.

The only way to be tall is to be tall. You may not be able to be physically taller than you are, yet you can contribute to the height of your consciousness. Have the intention, beloveds. Have the intention to come from a high place where you can only live with love and consideration for all.

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Intentions for a Better World

by Tony Burroughs –

*Support Life – I refrain from opposing or harming anyone. I allow others to have their own experiences. I see life in all things and honor it as if it were my own. I support life.

*Seek Truth – I follow my inner compass and discard any beliefs that are no longer serving me. I go to the source. I seek truth.

*Set Your Course – I begin the creative process. I give direction to my life. I set my course.

*Simplify – I let go so there is room for something better to come in. I intend that I am guided, guarded, protected, and lined up with the Highest Good at all times. I trust and remain open to receive from both expected and unexpected sources. I simplify.

*Stay Positive – I see good, say good, do good. I accept the gifts from all of my experiences. I am living in grace and gratitude. I stay positive.

*Synchronize – After intending and surrendering, I take action by following the opportunities that are presented to me. I am in the flow where Great Mystery and Miracles abide, fulfilling my desires and doing what I came here to do. I synchronize.

*Serve Others - I practice love in action. I always have enough to spare and enough to share. I am available to help those who need it. I serve others.

*Shine Your Light – I am a magnificent being, awakening to my highest potential. I express myself with joy, smiling easily and laughing often. I shine my light.

*Share Your Vision - I create my ideal world by envisioning it and telling others about it. I shave my vision.

*Synergize – I see Humanity as One. I enjoy gathering with light-hearted people regularly. When we come together, we set the stage for Great Oneness to reveal Itself. We synergize.

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How To Become a Positive Thinker

by Jeff Griswold –

The best and quickest way to improve your life is simple: just think more positively. You’ve probably heard this many times before. And you’re probably thinking, “That’s a great idea, but in the real world it’s much easier said than done.” That’s true; like a lot of things in life, becoming a “positive” person is an idea that is simple but not necessarily easy. The goal of this brief article is to give you a few simple and practical techniques that will help you make positive thinking an automatic and permanent part of your life.

Your thought patterns have a huge influence over every aspect of your life. Your thoughts determine your personality, the quality of your relationships, your financial success, your physical health, and much more. You probably have an idea of the power of your thoughts. The fact that you’re reading this indicates you know it’s important. But if you’re like most people, you still grossly underestimate the powerful physiological effects your thoughts can have. For example, by simply thinking of biting into a juicy, yellow lemon you can make your mouth water. That’s just a small example of how a thought can create chemical changes in the body.

The fact is that your thoughts greatly influence much more important things than saliva production. Science has shown that positive thoughts increase your white blood cell count which helps you fight infection and disease. In a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the University of Wisconsin proved that people who practice positive thinking are better equipped to fight disease. In the study, a team of neuroscientists used electroencephalography to measure brain activity and then gave all the subjects flu shots. What they found is that positive thinking individuals had a significantly stronger immune response than those who exhibited more negative thought patterns. The bottom line: positive thinking can make you not only happier but healthier as well.

If you currently have habitual negative thought patterns – and most everyone does – you can learn to eliminate them and replace them with positive thought habits. But it won’t happen on its own. You have to make a conscious decision to make a change. Once you do that – and with the help of a few simple techniques – it’s actually pretty easy to become totally positive. Here are a few simple techniques you can start using right now:

* Smile and Let the Tail Wag the Dog – Being happy can make you smile. But does it also work the other way? Can smiling make you happy? Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco have discovered that mimicking the facial expressions associated with such emotions as happiness, sadness, and anger can trigger some of the same physical changes produced by actually feeling these emotions. By measuring an array of biometrics – such as heart rate, body temperature, and the electrical resistance of the skin – they demonstrated that simply smiling made the body “happy.” Apparently moving facial muscles sends signals to the autonomic nervous system, which controls certain muscle and gland activity. This, in turn, spurs the physical reactions. So, smile and you’ll be happy!

* Create a Triggering mechanism for Yourself – Now try your own smiling experiment. Put a big smile on your face right now. You may have to force it at first but do it anyway and see what happens. It’s okay if you feel silly. Let the silliness make you smile even more.

As you smile, think of anytime in the past when you felt very happy, joyful and positive. We’ve all had experiences in our lives when we have felt very positive. Let yourself replay some of those positive moments right now. Let yourself relive feelings of being positive and confident. Continue to smile. Release all cares and concerns and with a big smile on your face, feel yourself becoming more and more positive and carefree.

As your positive feelings continue to build, press the thumb and middle finger of either hand together gently but firmly, and say to yourself “I am positive!” Again, while you’re feeling very positive, press your thumb and middle finger together and say “I am positive!”

You have just programmed yourself with a mechanism that you can use to trigger these same positive thoughts and feeling anytime you choose. Practice this frequently and soon you’ll notice that you can have a positive attitude in any situation merely by pressing your thumb and middle finger together and saying “I am positive!”

* Choose Your Words Carefully – What you say and the words you choose are very important to maintaining a positive perspective and eliciting positive outcomes. For example, consider the word “don’t”. If you call out to a child “Don’t slam the door!” what’s the next sound we usually hear? Bam!! That’s right, the door slamming. It’s as if the child didn’t hear the “don’t.” Only the positive part of the statement got through: “Slam the door!” However, if you say “Close the door softly,” the child will be much more likely to comply.

Another dangerous word is “can’t.” People often say I can’t lose weight, or I can’t quit smoking, or I can’t remember names. The more they say that, the more it becomes reality. From now on, let the use of that word be like a red light flashing as a warning that this is negative programming that can create false limitations. Don’t let this word rob you of your true potential.

* Eject Negative Self-Talk – More important than the words you say to others are the words you say to yourself. We all have an inner voice that reflects our subconscious thinking. Unfortunately, a lot of our self-talk is negative. For example: “I’ll never be able to do it”, or “I’ll never understand it”, or “I’m not smart enough”, or “If something can go wrong, it will”.

To eliminate negative self-talk you must first become aware of it. What are the things that you say to yourself that limit your potential? The moment you become aware of the negativity eject it! You can eject it just as easily as you can eject a tape from a tape deck.

To make that ejection more vivid, you can press your index finger against your thumb, or against a table or a dashboard, as if you’re pressing a button, and at the same time emphatically say “EJECT!” Then immediately replace the negative with a positive such as “I can!” Over time, repeating this simple physical action will go a long way to helping you become totally positive.

* Train Your Brain through Meditation – Research has shown that meditation increases activity in the left prefrontal cortex; the same area of the brain that scientists associate with positive thinking. And people who meditate regularly are typically found to be more positive and healthier than the population in general. So learn how to meditate – and practice it often. You’ll train your brain to use its positive thinking centers more readily and quickly become a more positive person.

* Remind Yourself of What’s Important – A friend of ours who is a salesman and who’s away from his home and family more than he’d like to be, told us about a tape he put together that never fails to lift his spirits. The tape consists of a series of messages from the most important people in his life: his wife, his father, his kids, and his closest friend. On his tape, each of these people says, in his or her own words, how important this man is to them. They say what they like, admire, and respect about him. They say how much they appreciate him, love him, and miss him when he’s away. He says that after a tough sales call, or anytime he needs a lift, he plays that tape and instantly he feels very fortunate, very happy, and has greater sense of self-worth. It puts everything back in its proper perspective, and gives him renewed strength and a very positive attitude. Perhaps you could benefit from creating a similar tape of your own.

* Wash Away Negativity with a Powerful Visualization – Another technique for feeling totally positive is called the funnel of energy. It’s a simple visualization exercise that can take less than a minute, but it makes you feel great. Here’s how you do it. Imagine there’s a funnel of positive energy flowing in through the top of your head. This positive energy comes from the purist, highest, most divine source of energy in the universe. It makes you feel more alive, stronger, more aware and alert. The moment it enters your body you sense its positive, loving, healing effect. You feel it cleansing you of negativity. Washing away any past negative programming you have experienced.

It’s dissolving all the old fears, the old inhibitions, the old limitations. Feel this positive, loving, healing energy washing away all negative thoughts, images and feelings. Feel it releasing your inner strength. The energy continues to flow in, through your shoulders, arms and hands, your chest, your back, abdomen, hips, legs and feet, reaching every part of your body dissolving all negativity. It’s converting your entire body to healthful positive energy. Imagine all the negativity flowing out of your hands and feet leaving your body filled with only the purest positive energy. If feels so good to free yourself from negativity, it feels so good to be totally positive.

Practice this visualization any time you’d like. Allow the visualization to last as long as you need to feel revived and purged of all negativity. It’s great any time you need a lift.

* Welcome Life’s Obstacles – Adversity is Opportunity – Life throws each of us a lot of curves. No one goes through life without problems, or without running into obstacles. And some of these problems or obstacles can be huge. But what’s really important is how we face these obstacles. If we think negatively, we can be overwhelmed, give up or become ineffective in dealing with them. But there is a much better way to handle them. We can choose to look for something positive in the situation. We can choose to consider it a blessing in disguise – even if we have no idea what that blessing might be.

We can look for an advantage or opportunity in any situation. As Richard Bach points out in his book Illusions, “There is no such thing as a problem without a gift in its hands.” And the Chinese word for crisis is written with two characters. One of them means opportunity.

Many of our students have become so positive that when an unexpected problem arises they automatically say “Oh good!” They then immediately start looking for the opportunity presented by the situation. And they inevitably find it. This can work for you, too. Learning to deal successfully with obstacles can help you live a more fulfilling life. As Booker T. Washington said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the positions that we have reached in life, as by the obstacles which we have overcome while trying to succeed. “

* Don’t Worry – Be Happy – In order to be totally positive, we need to know how to deal with worry. Every thought we have affects us physically as well as mentally, and worry can be very harmful. Dr. Charles Mayo said; “Worry affects circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects the health. “

Think about the process you go through when you worry. In your mind you picture a negative end result. It takes no effort or willpower; you just dwell on it. And in a short time this negative end result appears very real to you and you generate the same emotions that you’d experience if it really happened. You experience the same fear, anxiety, or discouragement. Consequently, you end up feeling bad right now for something that is merely a thought in your mind. At the same time you are setting up patterns in your mind for future negative experiences. The more you worry, the more you train your mind to expect bad things. Even if your “problem” never manifests itself, the worry takes its toll through immediate discomfort and the harmful effects of excessive stress.

It’s said that worry is interest paid in advance on a debt you may never owe. And Mark Twain put it this way; “I’ve had a lot of troubles in my day – most of which never happened.” So, most worry is useless. You’re better off ejecting it.

But you can take the same process you use to worry, change just one thing, and it can help you immensely. Instead of imagining a negative end result, imagine a positive one! This, too, takes very little effort or willpower. Just dwell on that positive end result and in no time at all you’ll be generating the emotions that are associated with that experience. You’ll feel great immediately as a result of something that is merely a thought in your mind. You’ll feel joy, happiness, and self-confidence. Plus, you’ll be setting up patterns in your mind for future positive experiences. So make the worry process work for you rather than against you. Get into the habit of expecting good things.

There are many other things you can do to become more positive, but this handful of ideas is a great start. Begin today and you’ll soon realize what a tremendous impact they’ll have on your life.

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Creating Harmony

by Jennifer Hoffman –

Approach your life with the intention to create harmony, to be in agreement with your true nature, to synchronize your thoughts, beliefs and actions with your Highest Good. You know what it is to live in discord, it is reflected in the world around you. Anything that is not resonating at the level of unconditional love, that is not acting within its highest purpose and that is not in the flow of the Universal energy is out of harmony. Without the intention for harmony nothing can flow effortlessly and you are not working with the Universe as co-creator.

As you raise your energetic vibrations your ability to attract harmonious people and situations becomes more focused. You are able to know whether things are right for you by how their energy feels to you. And then you can choose which path to follow, the path of harmony or the path of discord. As your vibrations increase the path of discord becomes less attractive, too difficult or does not present itself. Your intention to create harmony sets that vibration for your reality and everything in it.

When you set your intention for harmony you also create opportunities for others to be in harmony with you and you also set the energy for harmony within your relationships. Your intention for harmony creates its vibration in every part of your reality. Without harmony, relationships follow the path of karma. You are on the threshold of allowing karma to end. Choose harmony and let the karma you have already healed be completed. When you step out of harmony you allow karma to re-appear in your life because karma is discord and energetic imbalance. It is the opposite of harmony.

The gift of harmony allows you to be in agreement with your Highest Good. This means that everything that is for your Highest Good is allowed to flow to you, and those things that are not in harmony with it to flow out. This is the dynamic nature of the Universe, all things ebb and flow, move forward and move out, there is release and renewal in everything.

Harmony is without detachment, judgment and fear. It is completely in balance and resonating at the vibration of unconditional love. This week, set your intention for harmony and be in the flow. Release the discord and let it be replaced by everything that resonates with your Highest Good. Create peace, joy and unconditional love in your reality by being in harmony with your true, divine nature.

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Overcoming Obstacles

by Wayne Dyer –

Here are five suggestions for overcoming the obstacles and staying permanently connected to the power of intention.

*MONITOR YOUR INNER DIALOGUE – Notice how much of your inner speech focuses on what’s missing, the negative circumstances, the past and the opinions of others. The more cognizant you become off your inner speech, the sooner you’ll be able to shift right in the midst of those habitual inner proceedings, from a thought of, “I resent what’s missing, to I intend to attract what I want and stop thinking about what I dislike.” That new inner dialogue becomes the link connecting you to intention.

*LIGHTEN MOMENTS OF DOUBT AND DEPRESSION – Notice the moments that aren’t a part of your higher nature. Reject thoughts that support an inability on your part to match up with intention. Remain faithful to the light is good advice. Recently, a friend and teacher learned of a struggle I was personally going through and wrote to me: “Remember, Wayne, the sun is shining behind the clouds.” Be faithful to the light that’s always there.

*BE AWARE OF LOW ENERGY – Recall that everything, which includes your thoughts, has an energy frequency that can be calibrated to determine whether it will strengthen or weaken you. When you find yourself either thinking in low-energy ways or immersed in low weakening energy, resolve to bring a higher vibration to the presence of that debilitating situation.

*TALK TO YOUR EGO AND LET IT KNOW THAT IT HAS NO CONTROL OVER YOU TODAY – In my children’s bedroom here on Maui, I’ve framed the following observation, which they see each morning. While they joke and laugh about it, they get the essential message and share it out loud when anyone (including me) gets upset during the day.Good Morning, This is God. I will be handling all of your problems today. I will not need your help, so have a miraculous day.

*VIEW OBSTACLES AS OPPORTUNITIES TO CIRCULATE THE POWER OF YOUR UNBENDING INTENT – Unbending means just what it says. I intend to stay connected to my Source and thereby gain the power of my Source. This means being at peace, detaching yourself from the circumstances and seeing yourself as the observer rather than the victim… then turning it all over to your Source and knowing that you’ll receive the guidance and assistance you require.

When you’re connected to the power of intention, everywhere you go and everyone you meet is affected by you and the energy you radiate. As you become the power of intention, you’ll see your dreams being fulfilled almost magically and you’ll see yourself creating huge ripples in the energy fields of others by your presence and nothing more.

excerpt from ‘The Power of Intention’
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The Presense of Spirit

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by Margaret Paul –

I frequently hear these questions from my clients and from people who attend my workshops and intensives. Everyone who is on a spiritual path wants to experience the presence of Spirit in his or her life. We want to know that we are not alone. We want to know that we are being loved and guided in our highest good each and every moment of our lives.

How can we have this experience?

Sometimes we have this experience accidentally. We might be feeling particularly open – like when we are walking in nature or hugging a child or a pet. At those times, we might feel a wonderful warmth within our heart and a deep sense of wellbeing. Creative ideas or profound wisdom might pop into our mind when we are in this state. This is an experience of the Presence of Spirit.

But it is not enough for many of us for this to happen occasionally. We want this in our lives all the time. What can we do to consciously open ourselves to an experience of the Presence of Spirit?

The love, compassion, peace, joy, and truth that is Spirit is here all the time. It is what we live in and is the essence of what lives within us. But in order to experience it, we have to be open to it. Our hearts and minds have to be open to receiving the Presence of Spirit.

Whether or not we have an experience of the Presence of Spirit depends upon our INTENT. When our intent is to protect against pain by trying to control ourselves, others, and outcomes, our heart closes. When our intent is to learn about loving ourselves and others, our heart opens. We cannot experience the Presence of Spirit when our heart is closed.

Our desire to learn with our Spiritual Guidance about loving ourselves and others opens the heart and invites in the Presence of Spirit. Our intent to learn is the most powerful doorway to the Presence of Spirit. Once you have chosen the intent to learn, there are other doorways that can facilitate the opening of the heart.

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GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION

The choice to express gratitude and appreciation for the everyday blessings in our lives opens the heart. A sincere prayer of gratitude for the food you eat or the beauty of nature, or a sincere “thank you” for another’s kindness will open your heart and bring in the feeling of fullness and wellbeing that is the experience of the Presence of Spirit.

If you are having trouble opening to learning, you might try focusing on what you are grateful for and what you deeply appreciate. This may open your heart enough to move into learning about love.

ACCEPTANCE

When you choose to accept what is rather than continue to attempt to control things over which you have no control – such as how others feel about you or the outcome of things – you will feel a sense of inner peace. This opens the door to being able to learn about the part of you that keeps trying to control. Learning about the controlling part of you rather than judging this part of you opens the heart and allows in the love and compassion of Spirit.

KINDNESS

Kind acts toward your self and others will open the heart. Kindness is an invitation to the Presence of Spirit to fill your heart. Choosing kindness is a powerful doorway to the Presence of Spirit.

When you choose to express gratitude and appreciation, and you choose to accept yourself and others, and you choose to be kind to yourself and others, and you choose to open to learning about loving yourself and others – you will experience peace and joy, which are clear indications of the Presence of Spirit.

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The Self in Self-Respect

by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer –

Perhaps the greatest mistake we make, which causes a loss of self-respect, is making the opinions of others more important than our own opinion of ourselves. Self respect means just what it says – it originates from the self. This self originated in a universal field of intention that intended you here – from the infinite formless state to a being of molecules and physical substance. If you fail to respect yourself, you’re showing contempt for the process of Creation.

You’ll find no shortage of opinions directed at you. If you allow them to undermine your self-respect, you’re seeking the respect of others over your own and you’re abdicating yourself. Then you’re attempting to reconnect to the field of intention with low-energy attitudes of judgment, hostility and anxiety. You’ll cycle into low energy vibrations that will simply force you to attract more and more of these lower energies into your life. Remember, it’s high energy that nullifies and converts lower energy. Light eradicates darkness; love dissolves hate. If you’ve allowed any of those lower negative thoughts and opinions directed your way to become the basis of your self-portrait, you’re asking the universal mind do the same. Why? Because at the high frequencies, the universal Source of intention is pure creativeness, love, kindness, beauty and abundance. Self-respect attracts the higher energy. Lack of self-respect attracts the lower. It knows no other way.

The negative viewpoints of others represent their low-energy ego working on you. Very simply, if you’re judging anyone, you aren’t loving them at that moment. The judgments coming your way, likewise, are unloving but have nothing to do with your self-respect. Their judgments (and yours as well) distance you from your Source and therefore away from the power of intention. As my friend and colleague Gerald Jampolsky observed, “When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge. “

This is how you return to the self in self-respect. Rather than judging those who judge you, thereby lowering your self-respect, you send them a silent blessing of forgiveness and imagine them doing the same toward you. You’re connecting to intention and guaranteeing that you’ll always respect the divinity that you are. You’ve cleared the path to be able to enjoy the great power that is yours in the field of intention.

from ‘The Power of Intention’
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Nurturing Your Intention

by Wayne W. Dyer -

Following are ten ways to practice nurturing your intention to respect yourself at all times:

Step 1: Look into a mirror, make eye connection with yourself, and say “I love me” as many times as possible during your day. I love me: These three magic words help you maintain your self-respect. Now, be aware that saying these words maybe difficult at first because of the conditions you’ve been exposed to over a lifetime and because the words may bring to the surface remnants of disrespect that your ego wants you to hold on to.

Your immediate impulse might be to see this as an expression of your ego’s desire to be superior to everyone else. But this is not an ego statement at all – it’s an affirmation of self-respect. Transcend that ego mind and affirm your love for yourself and your connection to the spirit of God. This doesn’t make you superior to anyone; it makes you equal to all and celebrates that you’re in a piece of God. Affirm it for your own self-respect. Affirm it in order to be respectful of that which intended you here. Affirm it because it’s the way you’ll stay connected to your Source and regain the power of intention. I love me. Say it without embarrassment. Say it proudly and be that image of love and self-respect.

Step 2: Write the following affirmation and repeat it over and over again to yourself: I am whole and perfect as I was created! Carry this thought with you wherever you go. Have it laminated and place it in your pocket, on your dashboard, on your refrigerator or next to your bed – allow the words to become a source of high energy and self-respect. By simply carrying these words with you and being in the same space with them, their energy will flow directly to you.

Self-respect emerges from the fact that you respect the Source from which you came and you’ve made a decision to reconnect to that Source, regardless of what anyone else might think. It’s very important to keep reminding yourself at the beginning that you’re worthy of infinite respect from the one Source you can always count on, the piece of God energy that defines you. This reminder will do wonders for your self-respect, and consequently your ability to use the power of intention in your life. Over and over, remind yourself: I’m not my body. I’m not my accumulations. I’m not my achievements. I’m not my reputation. I am whole and perfect as I was created!

Step 3: Extend more respect to others and to all of life. Perhaps the greatest secret of self-esteem is to appreciate other people more. The easiest way to do this is to see the unfolding of God in them. Look past the judgments of others’ appearance, failures and successes, their status in society, their wealth or lack of it – and extend appreciation and love to the Source from which they came. Everyone is a child of God – everyone! Try to see this even in those who behave in what appears to be a godless fashion. Know that by extending love and respect, you can turn that energy around so that it’s heading back to its Source rather than away from it. In short, send out respect because that is what you have to give away. Send out judgment and low energy and that is what you’ll attract back. Remember, when you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself as someone who needs to judge. The same applies to judgments directed at you.

diagram showing Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Step 4: Affirm to yourself and all others that you meet, I belong! A sense of belonging is one of the highest attributes on Abraham Maslow’s pyramid of self-actualization. Feeling that you don’t belong or you’re in the wrong place can be due to a lack of self-respect. Respect yourself and your divinity by knowing that everyone belongs. This should never come into question. Your presence here in the universe is proof alone that you belong here. No person decides if you belong here. No government determines if some belong and some don’t. This is an intelligent system that you’re a part of. The wisdom of Creation intended you to be here, in this place, in this family with these siblings and parents, occupying this precious space. Say it to yourself and affirm it whenever necessary: I belong! And so does everyone else. No one is here by accident!

Step 5: Remind yourself that you’re never alone. My self-respect stays intact as long as I know that it’s impossible for me to be alone. I have a “senior partner” who’s never abandoned me and who’s stuck with me even in moments when I had seemingly deserted my Source. I feel that if the universal mind has enough respect to allow me to come here and to work through me – and to protect me in times when I strayed onto dangerous nonspiritual turf – then this partnership deserves my reciprocal respect. I recall my friend Pat McMahon, a talk-show host on KTAR radio in Phoenix, Arizona, telling me about his encounter with Mother Teresa in his studio before interviewing her for his program. He pleaded with her to allow him to do something for her. “Anything at all,” he begged. “I’d just like to help you in some way.” She looked at him and said, “Tomorrow morning get up at 4:00 A.M. and go out onto the streets of Phoenix. Find someone who lives there and believes that he’s alone and convince him that he’s not.” Great advice, because everyone who wallows in self-doubt or appears to be lost has lost their self-respect because they’ve forgotten that they’re not alone.

Step 6: Respect your body! You’ve been provided with a perfect body to house your inner invisible being for a few brief moments in eternity. Regardless of its size, shape, color or any imagined infirmities, it’s a perfect creation for the purpose that you were intended here for. You don’t need to work at getting healthy; health is something you already have if you don’t disturb it. You may have disturbed your healthy body by overfeeding it, under exercising it and over stimulating it with toxins or drugs that make it sick, fatigued, jumpy, anxious, depressed, bloated, ornery or an endless list of maladies. You can begin the fulfillment of this intention to live a life of self-respect by honoring the temple that houses you. You know what to do. You don’t need another diet, workout manual or personal trainer. Go within, listen to your body and treat it with all of the dignity and love that your self-respect demands.

Step 7: Meditate to stay in conscious contact with your Source, which always respects you. I can’t say this enough: meditation is a way to experience what the five senses can’t detect. When you’re connected to the field of intention, you’re connected to the wisdom that’s within you. That divine wisdom has great respect for you and it cherishes you while you’re here. Meditation is a way to ensure that you stay in a state of self-respect. Regardless of all that goes on around you, when you enter into that sacred space of meditation, all doubts about your value as an esteemed creation dissolve. You’ll emerge from the solemnity of meditation feeling connected to your Source and enjoying respect for all beings, particularly yourself.

Step 8: Make amends with adversaries. The act of making amends sends out a signal of respect for your adversaries. By radiating this forgiving energy outward, you’ll find this same kind of respectful positive energy flowing back toward you. By being big enough to make amends and replace the energy of anger, bitterness and tension with kindness – even if you still insist that you’re right – you’ll respect yourself much more than prior to your act of forgiveness. If you’re filled with rage toward anyone, there’s a huge part of you that resents the presence of this debilitating energy. Take a moment right here and now to simply face that person who stands out in your mind as someone you hurt, or directed hurt to you, and tell him or her that you’d like to make amends. You’ll notice how much better you feel. That good feeling of having cleared the air is self-respect. It takes much more courage, strength of character and inner conviction to make amends than it does to hang on to the low-energy feelings.

Step 9: Always remember the self in self-respect. In order to do this, you must recognize that the opinions of others toward you aren’t facts, they’re opinions. When I speak to an audience of 500 people, there are 500 opinions of me in the room at the end of the evening. I’m none of those opinions. I can’t be responsible for how they view me. The only thing I can be responsible for is my own character, and this is true for every one of us. If I respect myself, then I’m relying on the self in self-respect. If I doubt myself, or punish myself, I’ve not only lost my self-respect, I’ll continue to attract more and more doubt and lower-energy opinions with which to further punish myself. You can’t stay linked to the universal mind, which intends all of us here, if you fail to rely on your self for your self-respect.

Step 10: Be in a state of gratitude. You’ll discover that gratitude is the final step in each succeeding chapter. Be an appreciator rather than a depreciator of everything that shows up in your life. When you’re saying, Thank you, God, for everything, and when you’re expressing gratitude for your life and all that you see and experience, you’re respecting Creation. This respect is within you, and you can only give away what you have inside. Being in a state of gratitude is the exact same thing as being in a state of respect – respect for yourself, which you give away freely and which will return to you tenfold. I close with the words of Jesus of Nazareth, speaking through his apostle Saint Matthew (Matthew 5:48): “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Reconnect to the perfection from which you originated. You can’t have any more self-respect than that!

from ‘The Power of Intention: Co-create Your World Your Way’

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Surviving Turmoil

by Eileen McDargh –

Our spirits are taking a beating. The daily barrage of bad news, violence, shrinking resources, global warming and economic turmoil can put us in a state of frustration and paralysis. Some days, getting out of bed can be a challenge. Within the word “resilience” are actions we can take to reclaim our bounce-back ability.

Reclaiming Your Resilient Spirit

*R: Remember to breathe. The ability to calm down is critical in order to take stock and move forward.

*E: Enlist support of others. Love people and be lovable in return. A supportive family (whether genetic or hand-picked) is what keeps people alive. The English word wretched comes from the Middle English word wrecche which means “without kin nearby.

*S: Stay focused. Intentionality lays the groundwork for what we want in our life. See it, say it and claim it. Don’t let external forces cloud your vision.

*I: Identify your strengths. Energy and good health are two of the most essential ingredients in resiliency. Work on your physical well being first because it is the quickest way to gain control over a world that is uncontrollable.

*L: Laugh out loud. You’ll be amazed at the looks you get. And you’ll feel better.

*I: Insist on optimism. Positive mental health comes from the ability to reframe a situation. This is not the Pollyanna or head-in-sand avoidance of reality but rather a recall of ways in which you have handled similar situations.

*E: Extend yourself to others. Self-absorption backfires. It only serves to deepen depression and worry. Going out to serve others lifts the cloud around yourself and allows you to become both blessed and a blessing.

*N: Never say “never”. The resilient spirit knows that there is always tomorrow.

*T: Thanks-give it! There is much to be grateful for.

source – eileenmcdargh.com

Carrier of Peace

by Rebecca Skeele –

Because I choose to be a carrier of peace I practice the presence of peace daily. My inner toolbox includes self-acceptance, observation, compassion, self- forgiveness and loving kindness. If I am quick to respond irritably to a phone call, I take a deep breath, step back and observe my reaction. Then I might accept that a part of me is in disturbance.

Reminding myself that everything outside is really taking place inside, I begin my investigation with compassion for myself. If my disturbance is a judgment I forgive myself for that judgment knowing that self-forgiveness opens up my heart to see with new eyes. If fear has crept into the background of my day, I choose loving-kindness to comfort my upset and ask for truth. When I practice liberating myself from everyday stresses, global concerns become opportunities for greater and greater mastery.

The following list is suggested for your consideration:

*1. When you read the morning paper, read with the eyes of your soul. Send light, compassion, loving-kindness or a “God bless you, Peace be still” instead of upset, worry or negativity.

*2. Place the world leaders that you have an issue with on your altar. During your daily meditation, prayers and spiritual exercises send your light/love/compassion/good thoughts to them. Begin to look for a growth opportunity to accept a disagreement rather than judging it.

*3. Visualize places of terror, war, destruction and killing filled with light. Send light frequently when listening to the radio or watching the evening news. Practice seeing through the eyes of the inner Master – with great compassion and loving for all.

*4. Closer to home, take inventory of your own place of inner war, devastation or terror. Make a commitment to weed out those limiting fears and beliefs that create destruction in your everyday relationships and career. If you choose to carry peace then use the daily practice to liberate and strengthen your mastery of your SELF…even waiting in the grocery store checkout line.

Peace-sharing, no matter how it unfolds, reveals what we have been searching for all along: our magnificence and the ability to improve our life, our neighbors and help build a peaceful world. Turning away from the headlines for a moment to reestablish our intention and calm, becomes a sacred responsibility.

As the French novelist Marcel Proust so wisely observed, “The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes but in having new eyes. ” These are eyes that see beyond illusions forged by a limited understanding of who we are—eyes that see beyond the dots, eyes that see as God sees.

source – makeitheaven.com

Most People

by Deepak Chopra -

Most people are addicted to worry, control, over-management and lack of faith. Resist the temptation to follow these tendencies. Don’t listen to the voice that says you have to be in charge, that constant vigilance is the only way to get anything done. Let spirit try a new way.

Your intention is the most powerful tool at your disposal. Intend for everything to work out as it should, then let go and allow opportunities and openings to come your way. The outcome you are trying so hard to force may not be as good for you as the one that comes naturally.

If you could give one percent of your life over to God every day, you would be the most enlightened person in the world in three months. Keep that in mind and surrender something, anything, on a daily basis.

chopra.com

The Resonant Heart

The Body’s Heart Field
by R. McCraty, R. T. Bradley, D. Tomasino -

Many believe that conscious awareness originates in the brain alone. Recent scientific research suggests that consciousness actually emerges from the brain and body acting together. A growing body of evidence suggests that the heart plays a particularly significant role in this process.

Far more than a simple pump, as was once believed, the heart is now recognized by scientists as a highly complex system with its own functional “brain.” Research in the new discipline of neurocardiology shows that the heart is a sensory organ and a sophisticated center for receiving and processing information. The nervous system within the heart (or “heart brain”) enables it to learn, remember, and make functional decisions independent of the brain’s cerebral cortex. Moreover, numerous experiments have demonstrated that the signals the heart continuously sends to the brain influence the function of higher brain centers involved in perception, cognition, and emotional processing.

Heartfield: An electromagnetic field produced through the heart that can be detected several feet from the individual.

In addition to the extensive neural communication network linking the heart with the brain and body, the heart also communicates information to the brain and throughout the body via electromagnetic field interactions. The heart generates the body’s most powerful and most extensive rhythmic electromagnetic field. Compared to the electromagnetic field produced by the brain, the electrical component of the heart’s field is about 60 times greater in amplitude, and permeates every cell in the body. The magnetic component is approximately 5000 times stronger than the brain’s magnetic field and can be detected several feet away from the body with sensitive magnetometers.

The heart generates a continuous series of electromagnetic pulses in which the time interval between each beat varies in a dynamic and complex manner. The heart’s ever-present rhythmic field has a powerful influence on processes throughout the body. We have demonstrated, for example, that brain rhythms naturally synchronize to the heart’s rhythmic activity, and also that during sustained feelings of love or appreciation, the blood pressure and respiratory rhythms, among other oscillatory systems, entrain to the heart’s rhythm.

We propose that the heart’s field acts as a carrier wave for information that provides a global synchronizing signal for the entire body. Specifically, we suggest that as pulsing waves of energy radiate out from the heart, they interact with organs and other structures. The waves encode or record the features and dynamic activity of these structures in patterns of energy waveforms that are distributed throughout the body. In this way, the encoded information acts to in-form (literally, give shape to) the activity of all bodily functions–to coordinate and synchronize processes in the body as a whole. This perspective requires an energetic concept of information, in which patterns of organization are enfolded into waves of energy of system activity distributed throughout the system as a whole.

Basic research at the Institute of HeartMath shows that information pertaining to a person’s emotional state is also communicated throughout the body via the heart’s electromagnetic field. The rhythmic beating patterns of the heart change significantly as we experience different emotions. Negative emotions, such as anger or frustration, are associated with an erratic, disordered, incoherent pattern in the heart’s rhythms. In contrast, positive emotions, such as love or appreciation, are associated with a smooth, ordered, coherent pattern in the heart’s rhythmic activity (see graph). In turn, these changes in the heart’s beating patterns create corresponding changes in the structure of the electromagnetic field radiated by the heart, measurable by a technique called spectral analysis.

More specifically, we have demonstrated that sustained positive emotions appear to give rise to a distinct mode of functioning, which we call psychophysiological coherence. During this mode, heart rhythms exhibit a sine wave-like pattern and the heart’s electromagnetic field becomes correspondingly more organized.

■ At the physiological level, this mode is characterized by increased efficiency and harmony in the activity and interactions of the body’s systems. 1

■ Psychologically, this mode is linked with a notable reduction in internal mental dialogue, reduced perceptions of stress, increased emotional balance, and enhanced mental clarity, intuitive discernment, and cognitive performance.

Emotions in Heart Rhythm Patterns

In sum, our research suggests that psychophysiological coherence is important in enhancing consciousness– both for the body’s sensory awareness of the information required to execute and coordinate physiological function, and also to optimize emotional stability, mental function, and intentional action. Furthermore, as we discuss next, there is experimental evidence that psychophysiological coherence may increase our awareness of and sensitivity to others around us. The Institute of HeartMath has created practical technologies and tools that all people can use to increase coherence.

Interactions Between Individuals

Most people think of social communication solely in terms of overt signals expressed through language, voice qualities, gestures, facial expressions, and body movements. However, there is now evidence that a subtle yet influential electromagnetic or “energetic” communication system operates just below our conscious awareness. Energetic interactions likely contribute to the “magnetic” attractions or repulsions that occur between individuals, and also affect social exchanges and relationships. Moreover, it appears that the heart’s field plays an important role in communicating physiological, psychological, and social information between individuals.

Experiments conducted at the Institute of HeartMath have found remarkable evidence that the heart’s electromagnetic field can transmit information between people. We have been able to measure an exchange of heart energy between individuals up to five feet apart. We have also found that one person’s brain waves can actually synchronize to another person’s heart. Furthermore, when an individual is generating a coherent heart rhythm, synchronization between that person’s brain waves and another person’s heartbeat is more likely to occur. These findings have intriguing implications, suggesting that individuals in a psychophysiologically coherent state become more aware of the information encoded in the heart fields of those around them.

The results of these experiments have led us to infer that the nervous system acts as an “antenna,” which is tuned to and responds to the electromagnetic fields produced by the hearts of other individuals. We believe this capacity for exchange of energetic information is an innate ability that heightens awareness and mediates important aspects of true empathy and sensitivity to others. Furthermore, we have observed that this energetic communication ability can be intentionally enhanced, producing a much deeper level of nonverbal communication, understanding, and connection between people. There is also intriguing evidence that heart field interactions can occur between people and animals.

In short, energetic communication via the heart field facilitates development of an expanded consciousness in relation to our social world.

The Heart’s Field and Intuition

There are also new data suggesting that the heart’s field is directly involved in intuitive perception, through its coupling to an energetic information field outside the bounds of space and time. Using a rigorous experimental design, we found compelling evidence that both the heart and brain receive and respond to information about a future event before the event actually happens. Even more surprising was our finding that the heart appears to receive this “intuitive” information before the brain. This suggests that the heart’s field may be linked to a more subtle energetic field that contains information on objects and events remote in space or ahead in time. Called by Karl Pribram and others the “spectral domain,” this is a fundamental order of potential energy that enfolds space and time, and is thought to be the basis for our consciousness of “the whole. “

Social Fields

Enhancing Consciousness with Heart Coherence – The Institute of HeartMath’s® research suggests that psychophysiological coherence is important in enhancing consciousness. Attitude Breathing® is a tool that helps you synchronize your heart, mind, and body to give you that extra power of coherence. By using this tool regularly–try five times a day–you build more power to make attitude shifts that last.

In Attitude Breathing, you focus on your heart and solar plexus as you breathe a positive attitude. The heart will automatically harmonize the energy between the heart, mind and body, increasing coherence and clarity.

Attitude Breathing Tool

1. Focus on the heart as you breathe in. As you breathe out, focus on your solar plexus. The solar plexus is located about four inches below the heart, just below the sternum where the left and right sides of your ribcage are joined.

2. Practice breathing in through the heart and out through the solar plexus for 30 seconds or more to help anchor your energy and attention there. Next select a positive feeling or attitude to breathe in and out through those same areas for another 30 seconds (or more). For example, you can breathe in through the heart an attitude of appreciation, and breathe out through the solar plexus an attitude of care.

3. Select attitudes to breathe that will help offset the negative emotion or imbalance of the situation you are in. Breathe deeply with the intent of shifting to the feeling of that attitude. For example, you can breathe in an attitude of balance and breathe out an attitude of forgiveness, or you can breathe in an attitude of love and breathe out an attitude of compassion.

Practice different combinations of attitudes you want to develop. You can tell yourself, “Breathe Genuine,” “Breathe Courage,” “Breathe Ease,” “Breathe Gratitude” or whatever attitude you need or want. Even if you can’t feel the attitude shift at first, making a genuine and earnest effort to shift will at least help you get to a neutral state. In neutral, you have more objectivity and you save energy.

–This Attitude Breathing exercise has been adapted from the upcoming book entitled Transforming Stress: The HeartMath Solution for Relieving Worry, Fatigue, and Tension (New Harbinger Publications, Inc.) by Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman, PhD, available in bookstores.

In the same way that the heart generates energy in the body, we propose that the social collective is the activator and regulator of the energy in social systems.

A body of groundbreaking work shows how the field of socioemotional interaction between a mother and her infant is essential to brain development, the emergence of consciousness, and the formation of a healthy self-concept. Coherent organization of the mother-child relations that make up this field is critical. This occurs when interactions are charged, most importantly, with positive emotions (love, joy, happiness, excitement, appreciation, et cetera), and are patterned as highly synchronized, reciprocal exchanges between these two individuals. These patterns are imprinted in the child’s brain and thus influence psychosocial function throughout life. (See Allan Schore, Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self. )

Moreover, in a longitudinal study of 46 social groups, one of us (Bradley) documented how information about the global organization of a group–the group’s collective consciousness– appears to be transmitted to all members by an energetic field of socio-emotional connection. Data on the relationships between each pair of members was found to provide an accurate image of the social structure of the group as a whole. Coherent organization of the group’s social structure is associated with a network of positively charged emotions connecting all members. This network of positive emotions appears to constitute a field of energetic connection into which information about the group’s social structure is encoded and distributed throughout the group. Remarkably, an accurate picture of the group’s overall social structure was obtained from information only about relationships between pairs of individuals. We believe the only way this is possible is if information about the organization of the whole group is distributed to all members of the group via an energetic field. Such correspondence in information between parts and the whole is consistent with the principle of holographic organization. 2

Synthesis and Implications

Some organizing features of the heart field, identified in numerous studies at HeartMath, may also be shared by those of our hypothesized social field. Each is a field of energy in which the waveforms of energy encode the features of objects and events as energy moves throughout the system. This creates a nonlocal order of energetic information in which each location in the field contains an enfolded image of the organization of the whole system at that moment. The organization and processing of information in these energy fields can best be understood in terms of quantum holographic principles. 3

The Role of Positive Emotions

Another commonality is the role of positive emotions, such as love and appreciation, in generating coherence both in the heart field and in social fields. When the movement of energy is intentionally regulated to form a coherent, harmonious order, information integrity and flow are optimized. This, in turn, produces stable, effective system function, which enhances health, psychosocial well-being, and intentional action in the individual or social group.

Heart coherence and social coherence may also act to mutually reinforce each other. As individuals within a group increase psychophysiological coherence, psychosocial attunement may be increased, thereby increasing the coherence of social relations. Similarly, the creation of a coherent social field by a group may help support the generation and maintenance of psychophysiological coherence in its individual members. An expanded, deepened awareness and consciousness results–of the body’s internal physiological, emotional, and mental processes, and also of the deeper, latent orders enfolded into the energy fields that surround us. This is the basis of self-awareness, social sensitivity, creativity, intuition, spiritual insight, and understanding of ourselves and all that we are connected to. It is through the intentional generation of coherence in both heart and social fields that a critical shift to the next level of planetary consciousness can occur–one that brings us into harmony with the movement of the whole.

Endnotes:

1 Correlates of physiological coherence include: increased synchronization between the two branches of the autonomic nervous system, a shift in autonomic balance toward increased parasympathetic activity, increased heart-brain synchronization, increased vascular resonance, and entrainment between diverse physiological oscillatory systems.

2 Holographic organization is based on a field concept of order, in which information about the organization of an object as a whole is encoded as an interference pattern in energy waveforms distributed throughout the field. This makes it possible to retrieve information about the object as a whole from any location within the field.

3 The term “quantum,” as used in quantum holography, does not mean that this kind of energetic information processing is understood in terms of the principles of quantum physics. Rather, quantum holography is a special, nondeterministic form of holographic organization based on a discrete unit of energetic information called a logon or a “quantum” of information. New data suggest the heart’s field is directly involved in intuitive perception– and may receive this information before the brain.

heartmath.org / shiftinaction.com

The Need of the Hour

by Patricia Diane Cota-Robles –

Lightworkers around the world have made the heart commitment to assist with the necessary purging that is taking place in the global economy. This is a natural part of the cleansing that must occur in order for the archetypes of God’s Infinite Abundance and Eternal Peace to tangibly manifest in the lives of awakening Humanity.

In order for the patterns of perfection for the New Earth to physically manifest, the overwhelming corruption, greed, fraud, selfishness, ignorance and abuse of power, which has been the order of the day for far too long in our global economic system, must be exposed and eliminated. This is exactly what we are witnessing at this time. Any attempt to reestablish these negative behavior patterns at the expense of the masses of Humanity will fail. These destructive patterns cannot be sustained in the 5th-Dimensional frequencies of the New Earth.

As the archetypes for God’s Infinite Abundance and Eternal Peace filter into the physical, etheric, mental and emotional strata of Earth, everything that conflicts with these patterns of perfection is being pushed to the surface to be healed and transmuted back into Light. Things seem very difficult at this time. That is due to the fact that as we watch the news and read our newspapers we easily see the horrific patterns of greed, fraud, corruption and the inequitable distribution of wealth that are being exposed. What we do not see as easily, is the incredible Light that is pushing these obsolete patterns of separation, fear and the abuse of power to the surface.

It is not the Divine Intent of our Father-Mother God for this imperative cleansing of the global economic system to take awakening Humanity down the tubes financially. Quite the contrary. The Divine Intent is for these old behavior patterns, which have caused so much pain and suffering throughout the world, to be quickly exposed and eliminated. Then the patterns of God’s Infinite Abundance and Eternal Peace will be easily established as the order of the day on the New Earth.

The most important thing Lightworkers can do to accelerate this process of healing is to focus our attention on the new patterns of Abundance and Peace. The Beings of Light in the Realms of Illumined Truth have given us wonderful invocations, visualizations and decrees to assist us in doing just that. These gifts from On High are designed to help us keep the focus of our thoughts, words, feelings and actions on the Truth of what is occurring instead of on the fear-based patterns of our broken global economy.

Please join in consciousness with Lightworkers all over the world as you empower the patterns of perfection for our global economy and for the New Earth. Go within to the deepest recesses of your heart, and join in one-pointed consciousness as you invoke the full Divine Potential of God’s Infinite Abundance and Eternal Peace.

These invocations are stated in the first person so that we will experience them tangibly in our individual lives, and simultaneously, we will invoke this Light for all Humanity as we serve as surrogates on behalf of every man, woman and child on Earth.

gevederde vlam (flame feather)

The Golden Flame of Abundance

Through the Power of God blazing in my heart and the hearts of ALL Humanity, I joyously receive and accept the gift of God’s Golden Flame of Eternal Peace and Infinite Abundance. On the wings of this Divine Light, I Ascend into the Causal Body of God. From this realm of Divine Consciousness, I have the clear inner knowing that GOD IS MY SUPPLY!

I relinquish now, in the name of God, I AM, all of the power I have ever given to lack and limitation through my thoughts, words, actions and feelings in any time frame or dimension, both known or unknown. I relinquish now, in the name of God, I AM, all of the beliefs I have ever had that were based in poverty consciousness.

From this moment forward, I consecrate and dedicate my very life to be the Open Door through which the new, frequencies of the Golden Flame of Eternal Peace and Infinite Abundance will now flow to bless me, my family, friends, coworkers and ALL Humanity.

As I breathe, think, speak, feel and act, the Presence of God within me is perpetually expanding the Golden Light of Eternal Peace and Infinite Abundance to all Life evolving on Earth. And so it is. Through all levels of Divine Consciousness…

A blue heart in a watery blue swirl

I Now Decree:

I AM! I AM! I AM! The eternally sustained manifestation of God’s infinite supply of money and every good thing I require to assist me in my service to the Light, NOW made manifest and sustained by Holy Grace.

I AM! I AM! I AM! The eternally sustained manifestation of God’s infinite supply of money and every good thing I require to assist me in my service to the Light, NOW made manifest and sustained by Holy Grace.

I AM! I AM! I AM! The eternally sustained manifestation of God’s infinite supply of money and every good thing I require to assist me in my service to the Light, NOW made manifest and sustained by Holy Grace.

In deep love and appreciation for my glorious gift of Life, I consecrate my Heart and Soul to be the Open Door for the patterns of perfection from the Causal Body of God until the New Earth is manifest, and all Life evolving here is wholly Ascended and FREE. It is done! And so it is! Beloved I AM, Beloved I AM, Beloved I AM.

source – eraofpeace.org

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Nurturing Your Spiritual Life

by Deepak Chopra –

Intention is the starting point of any spiritual path. Intention includes will and purpose, aspiration and highest vision. If you set your intention toward material existence, that will grow instead. Once you plant the seed of an intention, your soul’s journey will unfold automatically. Here are several basic intentions that mark a spiritual life.

INTENTIONS

*I want to feel God’s presence. This intention is rooted in the discomfort of being isolated and separate. You can mask it by developing friendships and family ties. Ultimately, however, each of us needs to feel a sense of inner fullness and peace.

*I want God to aid and support me. God’s presence brings with it the qualities of spirit. At the source, every quality – love, intelligence, truth, organizing ability, creativity – becomes infinite. The growth of these things in your life is a sign that you are getting closer to your soul.

*I want to feel connected to the whole. The soul’s journey takes a person from a fragment state to one of wholeness. Events start to weave into a pattern. Small details fit together instead of being scattered and random. I want my life to have a meaning. Existence feels empty in separation. This gets healed only by moving into unity with God. Instead of turning outward to find your purpose, you feel that just being here, as you are, is the highest purpose in creation.

*I want to be free of restrictions. Inner freedom is greatly compromised when fear exists, and fear is a natural outcome of separation. As you come closer to your soul, the old boundaries and defenses start to melt away. If these basic intentions are present inside you, God takes the responsibility for carrying them out. Everything else that you do is secondary. However, you can still exert a great deal of influence through your everyday conduct.

Here are the ground rules for spiritual life that have proved effective for me personally and that I feel will work for many people.

EFFECTIVE GROUND RULES

1. Know your intentions. – Don’t let your false intentions remain masked. Root them out and work on the danger and fear that keep you attached to them. False intentions take the form of guilty desires: I want someone else to fail, I want to get even, I want to see bad people punished, I want to take away something not my own. False intentions can be elusive; you will notice their existence by the feeling connected with them – a feeling of fear, greed, rage, hopelessness and weakness. Sense the feeling first, refuse to buy into it and then remain aware until you find the intention lurking beneath.

2. Set your intentions high. – Aim to be a saint and a miracle worker. Why not? If you know that the goal of inner growth is to acquire mastery, then ask for that mastery as soon as possible. Don’t strain to work wonders, but don’t deny them to yourself either. The beginning of mastery is vision; see the miracles around you, and that will make it easier for greater miracles to grow.

3. See yourself in the light. – The ego keeps its grip by making us feel needy and powerless. From this sense of lack grows a hunger to acquire everything in sight. Money, power, sex and pleasure are suppose to fill up the lack, but they never do. You can escape this package of illusion if you see yourself not in the shadow fighting to get to God but in the light from the first moment. The only difference between you and a saint is that your light is small and a saint’s is great. You are both of the light.

4. See everyone else in the light. – The cheapest way to feel good about yourself is by feeling superior to other people. From this small seed grows every manner of judgment. A simple formula may help here. When you are tempted to judge another human being, no matter how obviously he or she deserves it, remind yourself that everyone is doing the best he or she can from his or her own level of consciousness.

5. Reinforce your intentions every day. – Everyday life is a kind of swirling chaos, and the ego is entrenched in its demands. You need to remind yourself, day in and day out, of your spiritual purpose. For some people it helps to write down their intentions; for others, periods of regular meditation and prayer are useful. Find your center, look closely at yourself and do not let go of your intention until it feels centered inside yourself.

6. Learn to forgive yourself. – We all fall into traps of selfishness and delusions when we least expect it. The chance remark that wounds someone else, the careless lie, the irresistible urge to cheat are universal. Forgive yourself for being where you are. Apply to yourself the same dictum as to others: you are doing the best you can from your own level of consciousness. (I like to remember one master’s definition of the perfect disciple “One who is always stumbling but never falls”. )

7. Learn to let go. – The paradox of being spiritual is that you are always wrong and always right at the same time. Life is change; you must be prepared to let go of today’s beliefs, thoughts and actions no matter how spiritual they make you feel. Every stage of inner growth is good. Each is nurtured by God.

8. Revere what is holy. – Our society teaches us to be skeptical of the sacred. But every saint is your future, and every master is reaching over his shoulder to look at you, waiting for you to join him. Human representatives of God constitute an infinite treasure. Dipping into this treasure will help you open your heart.

9. Allow God to take over. – Most people are addicted to worry, control, over-management and lack of faith. Resist the temptation to follow these tendencies. Don’t listen to the voice that says you have to be in charge, that constant vigilance is the only way to get anything done. Let spirit try a new way. Your intention is the most powerful tool at your disposal. Intend for everything to work out as it should, then let go and allow opportunities and openings to come your way. The outcome you are trying so hard to force may not be as good for you as the one that comes naturally. If you could give one percent of your life over to God every day, you would be the most enlightened person in the world in three months. Keep that in mind and surrender something, anything, on a daily basis.

10. Embrace the unknown. – Over the years you formed likes and dislikes; you learned to accept certain limits. None of this is the real you. The unknown is awaiting you, an unknown that has nothing to do with the “I” you already know. Some people reach the edge of illusion only at the moment of death, and then with a long look backward, one lifetime seems incredibly short and transient. The part of us that we know is the part that flickers out all too fast. When you feel a new impulse, an uplifting thought, an insight that you have never acted upon before, embrace the unknown. Cherish it as the newborn baby. God lives in the unknown, and when you can embrace it fully, you will be home free.

chopra.com

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Nurturing Your Spiritual Life

by Deepak Chopra –

Intention is the starting point of any spiritual path. Intention includes will and purpose, aspiration and highest vision. If you set your intention toward material existence, that will grow instead. Once you plant the seed of an intention, your soul’s journey will unfold automatically. Here are several basic intentions that mark a spiritual life.

INTENTIONS

*I want to feel God’s presence. This intention is rooted in the discomfort of being isolated and separate. You can mask it by developing friendships and family ties. Ultimately, however, each of us needs to feel a sense of inner fullness and peace.

*I want God to aid and support me. God’s presence brings with it the qualities of spirit. At the source, every quality – love, intelligence, truth, organizing ability, creativity – becomes infinite. The growth of these things in your life is a sign that you are getting closer to your soul.

*I want to feel connected to the whole. The soul’s journey takes a person from a fragment state to one of wholeness. Events start to weave into a pattern. Small details fit together instead of being scattered and random. I want my life to have a meaning. Existence feels empty in separation. This gets healed only by moving into unity with God. Instead of turning outward to find your purpose, you feel that just being here, as you are, is the highest purpose in creation.

*I want to be free of restrictions. Inner freedom is greatly compromised when fear exists, and fear is a natural outcome of separation. As you come closer to your soul, the old boundaries and defenses start to melt away. If these basic intentions are present inside you, God takes the responsibility for carrying them out. Everything else that you do is secondary. However, you can still exert a great deal of influence through your everyday conduct.

Here are the ground rules for spiritual life that have proved effective for me personally and that I feel will work for many people.

EFFECTIVE GROUND RULES

1. Know your intentions. – Don’t let your false intentions remain masked. Root them out and work on the danger and fear that keep you attached to them. False intentions take the form of guilty desires: I want someone else to fail, I want to get even, I want to see bad people punished, I want to take away something not my own. False intentions can be elusive; you will notice their existence by the feeling connected with them – a feeling of fear, greed, rage, hopelessness and weakness. Sense the feeling first, refuse to buy into it and then remain aware until you find the intention lurking beneath.

2. Set your intentions high. – Aim to be a saint and a miracle worker. Why not? If you know that the goal of inner growth is to acquire mastery, then ask for that mastery as soon as possible. Don’t strain to work wonders, but don’t deny them to yourself either. The beginning of mastery is vision; see the miracles around you, and that will make it easier for greater miracles to grow.

3. See yourself in the light. – The ego keeps its grip by making us feel needy and powerless. From this sense of lack grows a hunger to acquire everything in sight. Money, power, sex and pleasure are suppose to fill up the lack, but they never do. You can escape this package of illusion if you see yourself not in the shadow fighting to get to God but in the light from the first moment. The only difference between you and a saint is that your light is small and a saint’s is great. You are both of the light.

4. See everyone else in the light. – The cheapest way to feel good about yourself is by feeling superior to other people. From this small seed grows every manner of judgment. A simple formula may help here. When you are tempted to judge another human being, no matter how obviously he or she deserves it, remind yourself that everyone is doing the best he or she can from his or her own level of consciousness.

5. Reinforce your intentions every day. – Everyday life is a kind of swirling chaos, and the ego is entrenched in its demands. You need to remind yourself, day in and day out, of your spiritual purpose. For some people it helps to write down their intentions; for others, periods of regular meditation and prayer are useful. Find your center, look closely at yourself and do not let go of your intention until it feels centered inside yourself.

6. Learn to forgive yourself. – We all fall into traps of selfishness and delusions when we least expect it. The chance remark that wounds someone else, the careless lie, the irresistible urge to cheat are universal. Forgive yourself for being where you are. Apply to yourself the same dictum as to others: you are doing the best you can from your own level of consciousness. (I like to remember one master’s definition of the perfect disciple “One who is always stumbling but never falls”. )

7. Learn to let go. – The paradox of being spiritual is that you are always wrong and always right at the same time. Life is change; you must be prepared to let go of today’s beliefs, thoughts and actions no matter how spiritual they make you feel. Every stage of inner growth is good. Each is nurtured by God.

8. Revere what is holy. – Our society teaches us to be skeptical of the sacred. But every saint is your future, and every master is reaching over his shoulder to look at you, waiting for you to join him. Human representatives of God constitute an infinite treasure. Dipping into this treasure will help you open your heart.

9. Allow God to take over. – Most people are addicted to worry, control, over-management and lack of faith. Resist the temptation to follow these tendencies. Don’t listen to the voice that says you have to be in charge, that constant vigilance is the only way to get anything done. Let spirit try a new way. Your intention is the most powerful tool at your disposal. Intend for everything to work out as it should, then let go and allow opportunities and openings to come your way. The outcome you are trying so hard to force may not be as good for you as the one that comes naturally. If you could give one percent of your life over to God every day, you would be the most enlightened person in the world in three months. Keep that in mind and surrender something, anything, on a daily basis.

10. Embrace the unknown. – Over the years you formed likes and dislikes; you learned to accept certain limits. None of this is the real you. The unknown is awaiting you, an unknown that has nothing to do with the “I” you already know. Some people reach the edge of illusion only at the moment of death, and then with a long look backward, one lifetime seems incredibly short and transient. The part of us that we know is the part that flickers out all too fast. When you feel a new impulse, an uplifting thought, an insight that you have never acted upon before, embrace the unknown. Cherish it as the newborn baby. God lives in the unknown, and when you can embrace it fully, you will be home free.

source – chopra.com

Mastering Intent

by Matthew Webb -

There are many ways in which intent can be observed in action, and therefore many examples with which to describe it in accurate detail. Such description is, needless to say, quite useful when endeavoring the mastery of intent.

One such way to know intent is through the various feelings in the body, (and aura, of course). Change your intent, and so too do feelings shift accordingly.

Another is the close and subtle observation of one’s thoughts. Behind every thought is an intent. Intent directs the course of your thought line at all moments, a fact that supercedes the “science” of psychology’s concept that mind is a pattern of thought. Mind, (tonal) is only a memorized pattern for as long as we have not yet realized the TRUE source of thoughts, which is intent. Change your intent and thoughts shift accordingly.

Intent can be observed in person to person relations every day on a psychic/feeling level. Change your intent and you will effect others differently.

Intent is also a collective force, such as can be observed in a mob or other crowd. When the combined intent of a mob is focused upon a person or persons, they KNOW it as an unmistakable psychic pressure exerted upon them, especially if that mab is hostile. The reverse example would be the psychic effects of being in the midst of a supportive group which has the intent of love. Compare these two examples and it becomes quite clear that the type of intent employed has very distinct effects.


Examples of what can be said about intent

1) It is ceaselessly functioning within us, and is behind every thought, emotion, decision and action.

2) Intent directs awareness as to how and upon what it will focus.

3) Because intent directs awareness and awareness patterns energy as a result, energy follows intent. The act of creation, (manifestation) is the implementation of intent.

4) Intent is a body-wide consideration. When we coordinate the feeling/intent elements throughout the body as a harmonious whole, our personal power is greatly increased. Using these feelings as a guide or feedback device, intent can be shifted in any part of the body, both temporarily and permanently. For instance if there is chronic fear in the area of the heart of a person, this knowledge of intent allows them an opportunity to change this condition at will. To do this they would need to focus on the fear in the heart, and INTEND that feeling to be elevated, ultimately to one of love, for instance. Such a transformation is well within the power of any person to implement, and is a step along the way to the Mastery of Intent.

Intent can be shifted as a “field effect”, not just within the body. When one learns to shift internal intent elements, this process is not unlike the shifting of the intent elements at large.

Many other examples and specifics can be given…. The term “Mastery” does indeed imply a level of consciousness, just as a 60 watt bulb emits a level of photon release that is superior to that which is emitted by a 20 watt bulb. The term “level” here is used much as it would be in the science of physics. Another physics metaphor for Mastery would be the term “Escape velocity” whereby a minimum threshold of thrust is applied in order to get beyond the gravitational force of the earth. Either you have this amount of energy or you don’t, and that limitation is not imposed by human made ideas of hierarchical relationship. It is imposed by the reality at large. The same may be said of Mastery.

“Mastery” in the spiritual sense has nothing to do with hierarchy, only degree of attainment. The Master is not interested in comparisons of one person to the next except perhaps to illustrate what is needed along the spiritual path.

Much like describing the wind, to speak of intent is as you said a matter of describing it’s effects. However, the wind can also be measured in terms of velocity, direction, the interaction of hot/cold air fronts, particulate content etc. The same is true of intent. Intent can also be described, experienced, and implemented in terms of degree, type, length of focus, manifestation, group action, and daily activities.

The study of intent is therefore a science just as much as it is a mystical consideration. There are just as many ways both valid and concrete, to study and master intent as there are to study and accurately predict the particulars of meteorology.

The electric bulb analogy was meant to convey a matter of energy level. 20 Watts may indeed do well in seeing one’s face in the mirror, but when it comes to spiritual practitioners, it CAN help to have the benefit of the brightest Guide one can find. The concept of having a “benefactor” is not unknown in many places in the globe, and at various times throughout history.

Such as; There are various traditions of spiritual thought and practice which employ the term “Master”. The ancient Vedic lineage for instance, of which Buddha and Mahavir were a part and which countless others have been revered for their insights, are an example. The same may be said of Taoism and various martial art schools in China/Japan, and probably the ancient Seers of Toltec, Mayan and other cultures. Interestingly, in India the act of “receiving the Darshan” of a Master, traditionally at an ashram or some other place of intensive spiritual focus, is a matter of absorbing the influence of the intent of the one so awakened. The practice entails meditating or simply sitting with the Master and being permeated by their aura/intent for the sake of accelerated personal evolution.

Discussion as follows… You said; “We can, indeed, describe the effects of intent! However, this is not a discussion of intent. Words are only a way to describe an item or an event. They are not the event, itself. Intent can only be experienced. “

Yes, words are only a description, not the thing in itself. If intent were unique to a given person and no others, then surely it would be something that could only be experienced and not described. However, intent is not unique to any one person…it is common to all of us.

“Take another example: suppose I have never eaten a peach. Could you tell me what it tastes and feels like? Not very accurately! One more problem: words are issued by humans. All humans are inherently dishonest. Words will always be biased and at least a little accuracy is lost in this way. Thus, I can claim that intent and its manipulation can only be experienced. “

If only one of us had ever eaten a peach then this would be true. But what happens when we have both eaten one? It is then that we can say that ripe peaches are sweet, juicy and even of varying degrees of freshness, acidity, how juicy they are, etc. Saying this has real experiential meaning, and notes can be compared.

Since we all have intent as an inherent aspect of the true self, this is something of a common experience for everyone here. Even in the writing of these replies we are employing intent, and the same is true of reading them. In making specific observations about this fact, such as realizing intent in action even at this very moment, and every moment thereafter, definite and specific details can be accurately obtained.

An example of such observation is to say; Intent is continuously functioning within, and is behind every thought, feeling and action we take. Intent is what focuses awareness first upon the computer screen and then upon the keyboard, and from seeing a scene to simply hearing it. Like the power of a muscle, intent is no given action, but the potential for all actions. Whenever we focus our intent/awareness on any part of the body, it is there that energy begins to accumulate, and in the manner of the intent that is so focused.

The reaction of others to our words, even though those words are repeated syllable for syllable on different occasions, differs precisely according to the intent with which they were spoken…etc. Both the soulic and physical bodies are made of intent elements. The second is to raise these intent elements so that one’s consciousness is progressively expanded.

The intent elements to be raised are those in ourselves, and those around the world at large. The intent elements within are not difficult to know and access, since each one produces a specific feeling somewhere in the body. The intent elements at5 large are similarly not difficult to know and access, when a practitioner learns to feel with their body in that way. Just as we can selectively listen to given conversation in a croded room, and then switch our attention to the room in general, so to can we learn to switch our feeling registry from ourselves to the fields at large. In other words, we can directly feel the intent at large, and on wider and wider scales.

The method of raising these intent elements is also similar in each case. We can raise the intent elements within to higher feelings. We can also raise the feeling/intent elements in others, or even whole “areas of effect” given the right employment of intent.

There are four specific steps which can be followed that form the basis for the shifting of intent at both the personal and field levels. They are as follows;


THE EMPLOYMENT OF INTENT
(for rendering internal change)

1) Be aware of your current state of body/mind, (this is accomplished through meditation).

2) Gain familiarity with that which is to be Intended, (such as a higher love and clarity) and the Intent to be acted upon is crystallized.

3) The desired state is held steady in the mind, (for at least 5 minutes). Visualize and feel this state as if it already exists, until the body/mind shifts into it.

4) The desired state is “held in place” throughout the body, (or a given chakra). This new state is maintained by treating it as the new reality of the self on a permanent basis.

Subsequent applications of the above four-step process render cumulative results. Be persistent! When raising intent elements at large, similar steps can be employed;


THE MANIFESTATION OF INTENT
(FOR WORLD CHANGE)

1) Be aware of the current state of World Mind, (this is accomplished through meditation, and a body-wide sensitivity to the feelings/Intent currently traveling around the globe. Just visualize the world and FEEL.

2) Gain familiarity with that which is to be Intended around the world, (such as a higher love and clarity) and the Intent to be acted upon is crystallized.

3) The desired result and state is held steady in the body/mind, as though it already exists. The meditator superimposes the visualized result of higher world consciousness, upon the existing World Mind. Our focused Awareness acts to Create external psychic changes, by providing environmental energies with a pattern to crystallize around. [In this way our awareness may be compared to the lines of force exerted by a magnet upon iron filings] A re-patterning of global consciousness, in accord with personal, (or group) Intent, then begins to take effect. This initiates psychic changes in the nations of the world, first at the unified field, (subatomic) level of existence, and then subsequently at the material level of social policy. Awareness extends outward from the self, (or selves) into the environment, and according to ones’ visualized Intent. It causes the Energy there to conform to the desired changes. To accomplish this step in raising the world consciousness, the entire Earth is visualized. Also pictured is “the light of change”, which manifests positive Intent, (described hereafter).

4) The desired result and state is “Intended into place”, (and held there). The new pattern of consciousness, generated through focused Awareness at the direction of Intent, is now made manifest. This new level of love, clarity or other desired Intention is then stabilized, by treating it as the new reality of the World Mind. Psychic changes created in these four steps, are Intended into place as a lasting benefit for all of humanity, and/or for the Earth itself.

source – eoni.com/~visionquest

You Are the Gatekeeper

by Todd Schaefer -

You Have the Power – Did you know that you are the Gatekeeper of your thoughts? You have the power to choose which thoughts you will entertain. You have the power to have a healthy self-image and believe good things about yourself. Thoughts that do not feel good to you are not worthy of your attention. Do not entertain those thoughts. Entertain ‘good feeling’ thoughts. There is nothing more important in your life than that you feel good.

Choose New Thoughts – You do not have to struggle in order to move beyond a challenge. You need not ‘overcome’ any thoughts. You can move through challenges gracefully, and with acceptance of your present situation. There is no need to create conflict, additional hardship or fear. Simply choose new thoughts. Choose new thoughts as soon as you notice the thoughts that don’t feel good to you, and then think on them and feel the new good thoughts.

Struggle Must Be Chosen – Life may occasionally present challenging scenarios, but ‘struggle’ must be chosen, and fears must be remembered as a substitution for your real self, whether done unconsciously or consciously. Often times, the degree of resistance or internal struggle that we feel is determined unconsciously and involuntarily before we are even presented with the situation. Many so called ‘struggles’ and even ‘triumphs’ are simply delusional battles between the ego mind and the person who owns it, played out in an externalized scenario.

Getting Ego’s Approval – The mental emotional resistance patterns that tempt us to react instead of accept is called the ego mind. It’s the built-in survival mechanism we all have which is designed to protect us. The ego-mind resists us when it feels its sense of survival is threatened. This resistance is the ego’s way of saying, “You must get my approval before I will allow you to go any farther.” It then proceeds to hold us back by making us believe that we must appease its programming in order for us to ‘triumph,’ as it claims we will do. Ego likes to convince us to ‘overcome’ instead of detach and withdraw its power.

The ego mind’s influence is in motion when we see situations as a struggle or when we make things into a problem. It doesn’t want us to accept things as they are. Ego’s goal is for us to appease it, to put energy into it, and if possible, to get us excited about the problems it offers us. If we not only identify with it but also enjoy the problem, issue, or situation (i.e, complaining) – ego wins again. The reason ego’s win is stronger if we enjoy the drama is because ego will function more easily within us if we are unaware that we are happily peddling its agenda. Ego’s survival is then not threatened, and we’re not aware of its control.

How Ego Prevents Us from Achieving Our Goals – Don’t be deceived by ego’s persuasion that by struggling or overcoming you are accomplishing some grand mission or something special in accordance to your goals (as if the rewards will be greater because you struggled). You may still accomplish your goals. You may still work hard to achieve them and realize a job well done, but your choice to struggle, your choice to limit your choices, your choice to dig deeper into the problems to try to figure them out is exactly what increases ego’s control over you. The goal of spiritual growth is to dis-identify and to not struggle. The goal is to let go, to step back – to surrender; to allow the flow of life to move through you with ease.

A life lived in struggle is one where the person’s story owns them, instead of the person owning the story. Another example would be allowing a person’s career progress to determine how they feel about themselves instead of allowing how they feel about themselves to determine their career progress. These ego identification examples will obviously lead to more self-defeat if the results are dependant upon the ego-identity. In other words, a person may believe himself to be moving forward towards a goal with great resolve despite adversity (which may be true to an extent), but what is also happening is that the ego mind is validating itself throughout the trials. In other words, while achieving your goals, don’t fall victim to strengthening the ego-identification in you.

We negotiate constantly with ego’s agenda as we navigate through life and when we allow it to determine our limitations. The extent to which we are controlled by ego’s agenda equals the degree to which we choose to identify with it. The more of an identification we hold, the more tightly ego holds us in its grasp. Through ego, the worse our career is going, the worse we are feeling about ourselves.

How We Lose the Present Moment – Did you know that ego’s goal for us is to lose the present moment? Ego wants us to bring our past pain with us to create pain in our future. That way, it ensures that whatever we accomplish, it will be through struggle. Our intentions are strong, but our conscious presence is weak. If we allow ego to cover up the present moment in this way, we prevent ourselves from exercising our spiritual power. If the ego mind accomplishes this, it controls us. With enough time passing under ego’s influence, it can subtly draw more of our presence into unconsciousness (i.e, reactions, defending, justifying, condemning, complaining). This is what it means to be ‘unconscious.’ We may have financial power or political power or physical power (all externals), but being unconscious is a lack of spiritual power (internal). Ego’s unconscious control over us makes our reactions automatic and predictable.

Power in the Present – The only true power we have is in the present moment. By exercising our divine right as the Gatekeeper of our experience, we determine how conscious or unconscious our experience will be. Will we allow the ego mind to control us by keeping us lost in past pains or future worries? Will we react or defend? Will we hide behind platitudes and other conditioned, automatic reactions? It’s our choice. As we find ways to be present and express our joy and true nature, as we lose the agenda and reclaim our power, we become the Gatekeepers. The more we practice being here and now and not dominated by our ‘unfortunate situations,’ the less likely ego will trick us into moving into the past and future where we can have no effect, and thus, lose our All Powerful Presence and Infallible Spiritual Power.

Love and Accept Ego – Ego is a part of us, an outdated aspect struggling to keep up as we evolve. Watch the ego’s programming in you – love and accept it as a part of you, be aware of it – but don’t engage it. Instead of negotiating with ego via struggling to overcome, consider becoming the Gatekeeper. Before your ego-mind convinces you that you must ‘work through’ the resistance it wants you to face, that some old issue is slowing you down or has some influence over your future, before ego convinces you that you are limited, afraid, incapable, shy or unable to achieve something, close that gate, Gatekeeper! Before the ego-mind persuades you to react or defend or manipulate or convince you that a justifiable action is helping you to ‘move ahead’ – STOP.

Choose New Thoughts – Choose positive thoughts. Notice how the positive thoughts feel to you. You are the Gatekeeper of your experience, and you can experience as much joy or as much struggle as you wish. You decide whether ego stays inside of the gate or not. Be the one who finds the gift in every moment through graceful acceptance and non-struggle. Be the Gatekeeper of your thoughts, and watch a new world reveal itself to you. You are powerful!

The School of Life

by Lura Genz –

Life can be compared to an enormous multileveled structure – a school-house filled with countless classrooms. Each classroom represents an intention – either acted upon or not acted upon. Some of the life lessons taught, and often re-taught, are mind-numbingly repetitive in nature. It seems we are slow to catch on to the lesson at hand. A larger classroom, if you will, awaits us when we acknowledge that ‘enough is enough’ and we determine to cease putting attention on non life-affirming situations. A willingness to move on: mentally, emotionally, spiritually; to surrender to the Divine within us whatever it is that keeps us bound to restrictive lessons that fetter spiritual freedom and growth.

ATTACHMENTS – One of the reasons we hold ourselves bound in such a non-advancing state is undue attachment: to a spiritual belief system that no longer inspires; continuing relationships with persons or places that cease to comfort and warm the heart; a job that holds us tethered for security reasons, although it is a daily grind and limits all creative flow. Or we can be stuck in resentments, blaming parents, siblings, others, for all the ills heaped upon us – looking back. back. back instead of accepting that life isn’t necessarily fair (as we see it) and letting go of passé negative restraints. By moving forward, we open ourselves to new vistas and opportunities. It’s never easy – saying goodbye to our attachments, even when they no longer honor us. This lifetime is precious; it must serve us well in all facets of our life.

Fear of change also keeps us bound to limiting parameters. The But what ifs… that paralyze our incentive to think outside the box of our own creation. We need to make a stand in the sand and face the fear. What’s truly at the heart of our concern?

So many self-imposed restrictions: feelings of inadequacy; fear of rejection; others disapproval of our decisions; feeling bound by an indebtedness to another that keeps us hostage to their wants and wishes, overriding our own hopes, interests, and desires.

There are other mind passions that also curb forward movement. Anger is one, and it is never pleasant, and it is never righteous. Anger separates and destroys and, if vehement enough – kills. It kills love, and all that has meaning in our lives. Another negative trait is vanity: a certain smugness and preoccupation with self that puts others last. There’s also greed: the insatiable ones who never have enough, who always need more. And lust: let’s not forget those whose lust for power, money, love, is so excessive it smothers all forward thrust. How can one move forward when he is forever stuck staking claim to his consuming desires?

When we can visualize a better tomorrow for ourselves by slowly, but surely, releasing the negatives that are holding us in place, we can then move on to the next plateau – the larger classroom – that is filled with more light and more love. It awaits us. It is already in place.

source – ourinnersource.com

Unconditional Love





by Sandy Stevenson –

LOVE WITHOUT CONDITION – I love you as you are, as you seek to find your own special way to relate to the world, or the way you feel that is right for you. It is important that you are the person you want to be and not someone that I or others think you should be.

I realize that I cannot know what is best for you although perhaps sometimes I think I do. I’ve not been where you have been, viewing life from that angle you have, I do not know what you have chosen to learn, how you have chosen to learn it, with whom, or in what time period. I have not walked life looking through your eyes, so how can I know what you need.

I allow you to be in the world without a thought or word of judgment from me about the deeds you undertake. I see no error in the things you say and do, in this place where I am. I see that there are many ways to perceive and experience the different facets of our world. I allow without reservation the choices you make in each moment.

I make no judgment of this for if I were to deny your right to evolution, then I would deny that right to myself and all others. To those who would choose a way I cannot walk, whilst I may not choose to add my power and my energy to this way, I will never deny you the gift of love that God has bestowed within me for all creation, as I love you so I shall be loved; as I sow, so I shall reap.

I allow you the universal right of free will to walk your own path, creating steps or to sit a while if that is what is right for you. I will make no judgment of these steps, whether they are large or small, nor light or heavy or that they lead up or down, for this is just my viewpoint. I see you do nothing and might judge it to be unworthy. And yet, it may be that you bring great healing as you stand blessed by the light of God.

I cannot always see the higher picture of divine order. For it is the inalienable right of all life to choose their own evolution and with great love I acknowledge your right to determine your future. In humility I bow to the realization that the way I see is best for me does not have to mean that it is also right for you. I know that you are led as I am following the inner excitement to know your own path.

I know that the many races, religions, customs, nationalities and beliefs within our world bring us great richness and allow us the benefit of teachings of such diverseness. I know we each learn in our own unique way in order to bring that love and wisdom back to the whole. I know that if there were only one way to do something, there would need to be only one person. I will not only love you if you behave in a way I think you should, or believe in those things I believe in. I understand you are truly my brother and sister though you may have been born in a different place and believe in another God than I.

The love I feel is for all of God’s world. I know that every living thing is part of God and I feel a love deep within every person, and every tree, and flower, every bird, river, ocean and for all the creatures in all the world. I live my life in loving service being the best me I can, becoming wiser in the perfection of divine truth, becoming happier in the joy of unconditional love!

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Sandy Stevenson
source – lightascension.com
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Unconditional Love





by Sandy Stevenson –

LOVE WITHOUT CONDITION – I love you as you are, as you seek to find your own special way to relate to the world, or the way you feel that is right for you. It is important that you are the person you want to be and not someone that I or others think you should be.

I realize that I cannot know what is best for you although perhaps sometimes I think I do. I’ve not been where you have been, viewing life from that angle you have, I do not know what you have chosen to learn, how you have chosen to learn it, with whom, or in what time period. I have not walked life looking through your eyes, so how can I know what you need.

I allow you to be in the world without a thought or word of judgment from me about the deeds you undertake. I see no error in the things you say and do, in this place where I am. I see that there are many ways to perceive and experience the different facets of our world. I allow without reservation the choices you make in each moment.

I make no judgment of this for if I were to deny your right to evolution, then I would deny that right to myself and all others. To those who would choose a way I cannot walk, whilst I may not choose to add my power and my energy to this way, I will never deny you the gift of love that God has bestowed within me for all creation, as I love you so I shall be loved; as I sow, so I shall reap.

I allow you the universal right of free will to walk your own path, creating steps or to sit a while if that is what is right for you. I will make no judgment of these steps, whether they are large or small, nor light or heavy or that they lead up or down, for this is just my viewpoint. I see you do nothing and might judge it to be unworthy. And yet, it may be that you bring great healing as you stand blessed by the light of God.

I cannot always see the higher picture of divine order. For it is the inalienable right of all life to choose their own evolution and with great love I acknowledge your right to determine your future. In humility I bow to the realization that the way I see is best for me does not have to mean that it is also right for you. I know that you are led as I am following the inner excitement to know your own path.

I know that the many races, religions, customs, nationalities and beliefs within our world bring us great richness and allow us the benefit of teachings of such diverseness. I know we each learn in our own unique way in order to bring that love and wisdom back to the whole. I know that if there were only one way to do something, there would need to be only one person. I will not only love you if you behave in a way I think you should, or believe in those things I believe in. I understand you are truly my brother and sister though you may have been born in a different place and believe in another God than I.

The love I feel is for all of God’s world. I know that every living thing is part of God and I feel a love deep within every person, and every tree, and flower, every bird, river, ocean and for all the creatures in all the world. I live my life in loving service being the best me I can, becoming wiser in the perfection of divine truth, becoming happier in the joy of unconditional love!

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Sandy Stevenson
source – lightascension.com
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Reclaim Your Essence

Reclaim Your Essence
by Jean-Claude Koven

“Most people are other people,” Oscar Wilde once remarked. “Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” As he so wryly observed, the vast majority of us are not who we’ve been pretending to be, and the lives we’ve been living until now are molded according to rules and values that are not our own. Most of humanity is stuck in someone else’s discarded chewing gum and has yet to break free.

Unless you have been brave enough to forsake this trap, here is your likely portrait: your religious convictions are those of your parents or community; you root for your hometown sports teams; your political allegiances conform to the party system that society offers; you are an avid observer of the cultural pageantry, like the Super Bowl and the Oscars; your holidays are the standard ones, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Independence Day; you look to your political and religious leaders for guidance and protection; you feel driven to succeed–to make more money, to live a better life.

These are worthy and desirable choices that hold families and societies together. They make you who you are, you might argue. True, but only if you are content with admiring the wrapping and never looking inside the box. If you dared to look, you’d discover how these basic thoughts originate in a fundamental belief formed during the first years of your life: that survival depends on obeying the rules. Children typically bend their perceptions and interpretations of reality to match those of their parents and others who care for them. They find clever ways to please in order to receive attention and belong. As they grow up, the people and issues may change over time, but the initial patterns of conformity remain deeply ingrained in the subconscious.

The price for surrendering to consensus is steep. It is nothing less than the loss of individuality and curiosity. Without these two magnificent attributes, you disengage from the grandness of the creation and implode into the holographic illusion humans have come to call reality. You become one of Oscar Wilde’s other people, thinking someone else’s opinions and assuming they are your own.

We are trapped in the daily drama that the culture and the media feed us: mortgages, sporting events, tsunamis, sex offenders, AIDS, terrorism, global warming, corrupt governments, and economic inequities . . . all demanding our attention. The matrix plays us like an instrument. A thirty-second news bite can push our buttons. We get hooked and riled, liberally lacing our collective guts with corrosive biochemicals unleashed by our righteous indignation.

This condition is virtually universal. It is also the underlying cause of the world as we know it. People cling so tightly to their personal and social identities that they are blinded to anything that does not validate them. The inevitable product is a world of war, greed, and competition, driven by paranoia and fear.

The way out is easier than anyone might imagine. However, very few summon the courage, for it requires them to leave the comfort of their known world and walk alone, unaided by the crutch of belief and dogma, into the domain of pure consciousness. Most people would rather get caught up in the business of earning a living, raising a family, or helping their community than deal with the unsettling immensity of All That Is.

Yet it seems that all humans are meant to take this epic journey of discovery at some point in their series of lives on this planet. If you choose to walk this path, you will find yourself gaining a new perspective–that of consciousness, where the mind, with its judgments and emotions, ceases to dominate and the heart is your only reliable guide. The great issues of your daily life that once commanded your attention now seem wondrously arbitrary and irrelevant–simply interesting experiences that lasted far too long and became unnecessarily weighty.

The Illusion is a Game-Board Projection

You now see the illusion for what it is: a game-board projection designed so aspects of the Oneness can experience duality, fear, and separation. It is no more real than a programmed matrix in a computer game. You and I are merely units of awareness projected into the matrix, defining ourselves by the points through which we view, and believing what we see to be reality. Who did the projecting? You. Who is the projection? You. There is only you.

How do you get to this liberating place from which you can see the larger picture? The cosmic formula of creation is gloriously simple:

Attention + Intention = Manifestation

Nothing in the universe evades this law. The reality you perceive is entirely a function of the only two forces at your command: your attention and your intention. Bring conscious awareness to this equation–consciously monitor your attention and intention and what you are manifesting–and everything changes.

Through this ongoing process of self-observation it will become increasingly clear that the part of you that is projected into the illusion is in trouble. This realization, in fact, marks the beginning of your journey out of the illusion. Once you begin to couple the law of Attention + Intention = Manifestation with the concept of Oneness, you begin to see a completely different picture. You are All That Is. There is nowhere for you to go, nothing to attain, no lessons to learn.

If you buy into the reality that you are an earthbound human stuck in the struggle of life, presto!, there you are. If you focus on the part of you that is watching you flounder in the illusion, snap!, you’re free… It can’t get much easier than that. Yet why are so few of us awake?

The written or spoken word can do no more than point the way. And trading one belief system for another accomplishes nothing. The answer lies elsewhere. Waking up is a consequence of induction. Just a few years ago you might have placed yourself in the presence of a guru or master and, through devotion, discipline, or some other practice, gradually assumed some of his or her enlightenment. Now, using the law of A + I = M, you become your own master. By focusing your attention on the part of you that is watching the rest of you floundering in the illusion, you are taking a giant step in restoring control over how your attention is commanded. If you add the intention of reclaiming your essence, you complete the formula that can only result in the manifestation of whatever your curiosity seeks to explore.

The payoff of having been so deeply mired in the illusion that you nearly succumbed -is compassion for those still stuck in the matrix, coupled with a large dose of humility. You have learned that the illusion is perfect exactly as it is. The only thing that needs to change is the point from which we view it. Now all that’s left is for you to summon the courage to begin the journey home!

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prismhouse.com
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The Inspiration of Humanity

The Inspiration of Humanity
by Owen Waters

The universe is designed to be reflective. Whatever you put out comes back to you. This is called the Law of Action and Reaction, the Law of Karma or is simply referred to using the phrase, “What goes around comes around.”

However, in spiritual work, there is a way to increase what comes around. What goes around can actually come back as more than you gave and this involves a paradox.

In your spiritual practices, you can generate a deep feeling of peace and inspiration; one which brings a wonderful sense of spiritual upliftment. For example, in your meditations, you may become inspired with a vision of a future world filled with peace and freedom for all.

You may see, in your mind’s eye, a future world where everyone on the planet is safe, and where you can travel to anywhere on the planet with ease. In this future, you see that everyone is consciously aware of their heart’s connection to the hearts of each and every other human being on the planet. In this supportive environment, everyone has complete freedom to express their unique creativity as their contribution to a loving society.

As you breathe deeply of the clean, fresh air in that vision of the future, you feel your connection to the Mother Earth and to the life-giving Sun which shines ceaselessly upon our world. Then, you send your love and gratitude to the Earth and the Sun, and wait in quiet anticipation as those great, conscious beings send their love and inspiration to you in return.

While in that state of deep inspiration, it occurs to you that most of humanity desperately needs this type of upliftment; that most souls on this planet today are starving in a self-created, spiritual wilderness. This brings you to the realization that you have the opportunity to be of service to humanity through an act of self-sacrifice; through an act of giving up that which you have in order to help others who would not otherwise be helped.

While in this state, the sense of unconditional love that you have for humanity virtually begs you to help those who are not yet equipped to do this for themselves. If you now give that state, that energy, that feeling of inspiration away to the group consciousness of humanity, then you have created a vacuum within yourself.

By the law of action and reaction that vacuum must be filled. However, an act of self-sacrifice in service to others has a side-effect: It raises the frequency of your consciousness higher than it was before. So, when the vacuum becomes filled with inspiration and upliftment from the universe, it is filled with an even higher frequency of consciousness than before. Because of that, you will have become more inspired and more uplifted than ever before. By the act of sacrificing that which you had, you will actually gain more than you had before. Such is the paradox of love in action.

It is also the basis of the ancient path of Karma Yoga – the pathway to God through action and service. By giving spiritual energy to Mankind, you tread a pathway of spiritual action. This powerful pathway of giving what you have in order to inspire others is one that leads you to continually higher states of inspiration along your own spiritual path!

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infinitebeing.com
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The Hidden Power In Your Fears

The Hidden Power In Your Fears
by Avalon De Witt

Who wants to be afraid? In every moment, each of us is given the choice to love or to fear. A simple choice, one might think. But in this world, with violence, terrorism, war and disease becoming every day life for so many, is there anyone who hasn’t struggled with fear?

Whenever we’re about to make a major leap forward in our spiritual development, fear always steps into our path. It’s the antagonist in all our personal stories. It’s true that we attract what we fear. The more we fear a thing, the more likely it is to happen. And if left unchecked, fear can take control of our lives. Yet, everything has a purpose and fear is no exception.

There is good reason to be afraid of some things. Fear is a messenger that warns us there may be danger ahead. Its purpose is to guide us toward actions that will protect us as well as our loved ones. It is natural and healthy to feel fear. But like other natural tendencies we have, we’re here to master our fear.

We all wish that life could be stable. We imagine that we would feel safe and comfortable if we could make life remain static, or secure. But without dangers in our lives we cannot live to our highest potential, and we never fulfill that potential without learning from our fear.

Of course, you don’t want to take it too far. You don’t want to be so engrossed in your fear that you become consumed by it. But there is a balance to be achieved between that extreme and its opposite – avoiding, denying, trying to be unafraid. Avoidance of fear is our greatest barrier to spiritual growth and happiness.

When we try to avoid or deny our fear in the hope that we can just be rid of it, it usually gets worse. Shutting out fear invariably shuts out the choices and blessings that could take us to the next level of our soul’s development.

Fear is very much like quicksand. The more you fight it, the deeper you sink. Embracing your fear is akin to relaxing in quicksand so you can stop sinking. Until we face our fear head-on, and embrace it, it will dominate us.

Carl Jung said, “The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside as fate.” Fear that is ignored takes up residence in our souls, and draws experiences to us in which it can exercise itself. We then find ourselves face to face with the same fear-inducing experiences again and again.

The result of this is that our ability to exercise our free will becomes hampered more and more every time we let fear take over. This can create extremely stubborn blocks in our spiritual progress, and can harm us physically, mentally and emotionally.

Avoiding fear blocks us from the joy we could be experiencing and blinds us to the Divine Light in our soul. But when we begin the journey toward embracing our fear, we begin a healing process that leads us inevitably to our true Selves, the Self that is Divine. The whole point of life is to come to know ourselves as a part of that Divinity and to reunite with that Truth within.

When we are afraid, we are being blessed with an opportunity to learn, to grow, to see and hear the world more clearly. Fear shows us the ways we hold ourselves back. It also provides us with an energy which we can transmute into power within ourselves.

Don’t be afraid of fear. Do not reject it or push it away. Instead, reach out to it. Love it. When you show compassion and tenderness toward your fear, you transform it into a strength, a courage that eventually becomes the seat of peace in your soul. This is what gives spiritual masters their peace. Nothing can sway them from their centre because they have transformed their fear.

Fear is the seed of courage. Even Jesus Christ experienced fear. It’s what we do in response to our fear that makes the difference. That’s where love comes in.

Love is fear’s perfect polarity. And love is ever-present throughout all eternity. Compassion for your delicate, fearful self always leads to freedom from fear. Love transforms fear. There is a magic that is sparked when we give love and tenderness to our fear.

When you focus on love, its ability to touch you grows. When you send out love, it always comes back to you larger than it was when you sent it. And when you love in fear’s presence, fear vanishes. Just like when you shine a light into a dark room. It pervades that darkness, fills it up and turns it to light.

So let your fear come to the surface. Whatever fear you may have, whether it be large or small. Don’t fight it; just sit with it and get to know it. Ask it what it is trying to tell you and listen to what it may be asking you for. Let yourself be moved by your fear’s needs. Let your heart break for your fear.

Ask God for a deeper understanding of your fear and for a deeper understanding of the truth of love. Let compassion and tenderness flow through you, replacing any previous judgments you may have had about your fear. Assure your fear that you hear it, that you will take care of it and its needs will be met. See yourself wrapping your arms around your fear in a loving embrace. Feel your fear dissolving into your inner light.

Once you are in contact with your fear, and have found understanding of why it has come to you, you can take right action. This is the way to own your fear and take personal responsibility for finding your own inner peace, no matter what your circumstances. This is not an easy path, but it is easier than the loss of Self that you would experience otherwise.

Remember that life is a gift. Life will bring its ups and downs, but peace is something you can experience even in the midst of chaos.

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eaglespiritministry.com
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courtesy of
♥Angel Love♥

How To Live Your Life Without Regrets

How To Live Your Life
Without Regrets
by Phylameana lila Desy

Everyone has made poor choices or done something in their past that could possibly be labeled as “regrettable.” But, think about it. The fact that you are now able to look back and realize that a mistake or mis-step occurred means you have learned a valuable lesson. Some of my choices may have landed me in unpleasant circumstances, but experiencing these things certainly built my current character. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for those character-building situations. Mistakes are stepping stones to an evolving life. No need for you to sink into regret or despair — keep your chin up!


Here’s How:

1) Acknowledge a mistake has been made – It is easy to play the blame game, pointing fingers at someone else or cirmcumstances as to why you have stumbled or why your life is difficult. Taking personal ownership that your past actions resulted in bringing about your current reality is the first step to moving past regrets and moving toward a brighter future.

2) Make amends – If your past actions or words have harmed another person an apology may be in order. Or not, apologies can be tricky. Judge for yourself if an apology will help matters or only drudge up old wounds better left alone. But, definitely forgive yourself! Nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes. Continuely berating yourself for past actions is self-defeating. Would you kick a dog while it was laying down? Of course not. Please don’t do this to yourself. Righting a wrong is not always feasible. If you feel badly about a past action you’ve taken that cannot be righted, forgive yourself, and let it go.

3) Do-overs – Sometimes feelings of regret arise not from our past actions, but from our non-actions. Have you ever regretted not taking a vacation, staying stuck in a dead-end job, not attending college… or whatever? It may be too late to reverse those decisions, but you still have options. Some colleges offer free classes for seniors. You might not have the time, money, or physical endurance to travel, but you can rent movies or attend travelog showings about the regions you wish to learn more about. New opportunities are available around every corner if you just open your heart and follow your dreams.

4) Be grateful - The most valuable lessons learned in life often come from the mistakes we make. It may take a walk down a dark alley to see clearly. Embrace your follies, feel gratitude for getting past the worst episodes and eventually finding your way along a less-cluttered path.

5) Be careful not to repeat the same mistake - A skinned-knee teaches a small child not to run so fast. Slow-down. If you are repeatedly faced with similar difficulties over and over again, this is a sure bet that you have not learned the lessons these situations are trying to teach. Opportunity will surface only after you take responsibility for faulty actions taken and change your current and future behaviors accordingly.

6) Be watchful of future knee-jerk reactions - This is probably the toughest step, not reacting negatively to situations or the people who tend to push your buttons. We don’t always have control over the things life tosses in front of us, but we do control our reactions. Stay calm. Introduce stress-management into your daily life. Meditation helps clear and focus the mind. Therapeutic play will help balance work-related stresses.

7) Looking deeper inside - Re-evaluate the direction your life is taking. Have you accepted that your past mistakes are just that — in the past? Focus on today. Become aware of your future goals and desires. Setting clear intentions will help clear the path so that your life progresses with a freer heart and increased happiness. The best is yet to come! Believe it.

TIPS:

* Remember nobody is perfect, Including yourself!
* Forgiveness is golden!
* Live for today, Yesterday was then!

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spiralvisions.com
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Creating Harmony

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Uriel’s Message
Create Harmony
by Jennifer Hoffman
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Approach your life with the intention to create harmony, to be in agreement with your true nature, to synchronize your thoughts, beliefs and actions with your Highest Good. You know what it is to live in discord, it is reflected in the world around you. Anything that is not resonating at the level of unconditional love, that is not acting within its highest purpose and that is not in the flow of the Universal energy is out of harmony. Without the intention for harmony nothing can flow effortlessly and you are not working with the Universe as co-creator..

ENERGETIC VIBRATIONS – As you raise your energetic vibrations your ability to attract harmonious people and situations becomes more focused. You are able to know whether things are right for you by how their energy feels to you. And then you can choose which path to follow, the path of harmony or the path of discord. As your vibrations increase the path of discord becomes less attractive, too difficult or does not present itself. Your intention to create harmony sets that vibration for your reality and everything in it..

INTENTIONS – When you set your intention for harmony you also create opportunities for others to be in harmony with you and you also set the energy for harmony within your relationships. Your intention for harmony creates its vibration in every part of your reality. Without harmony, relationships follow the path of karma. You are on the threshold of allowing karma to end. Choose harmony and let the karma you have already healed be completed. When you step out of harmony you allow karma to re-appear in your life because karma is discord and energetic imbalance. It is the opposite of harmony..

IN AGREEMENT – The gift of harmony allows you to be in agreement with your Highest Good. This means that everything that is for your Highest Good is allowed to flow to you, and those things that are not in harmony with it to flow out. This is the dynamic nature of the Universe, all things ebb and flow, move forward and move out, there is release and renewal in everything..

IN HARMONY – Harmony is without detachment, judgment and fear. It is completely in balance and resonating at the vibration of unconditional love. This week, set your intention for harmony and be in the flow… Release the discord and let it be replaced by everything that resonates with your Highest Good. Create peace, joy and unconditional love in your reality by being in harmony with your true, divine nature!

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urielheals.com
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Intention and Infinity

Intention and Infinity
by Dr Wayne W Dyer

Please indulge me in a little exercise right here, right now. Say out loud: I’m not from here. Let the meaning of the words be clear to you. The meaning is that you are in this world, but not of this world. You’ve been taught that who you are is a body with your name, made up of molecules, bones, tissue, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen. You know yourself as the person with your particular name, and you identify yourself as the person with possessions and achievements that you’ve accumulated.

This self also possesses some terrifying information. It knows that if it’s lucky, it’s destined to grow old, get sick, and lose everything that it’s grown to love. Then it will die. This is a shortened version of what the world has offered you, which probably leaves you mystified and flabbergasted at the absurdity of this thing we call life.

Into this bleak picture, which inspires fear and even terror, I’d like to introduce a concept that will eliminate the terror. I want you to know that you needn’t subscribe to the idea that you are only this collection of bones and tissues, destined to be annihilated in an aging process.

You’ve emerged from a universal field of Creation that I’ve been calling intention. In a sense, this universal mind is totally impersonal. It is pure love, fondness, beauty, and creativity, always expanding and endlessly abundant. You emanated from this universal mind. And as I keep telling you, universal means everywhere and at all times. In other words, infinite.

As long as your wishes are aligned with the forward movement of this everlasting principle, there’s nothing in nature to restrict you from attaining the fulfillment of those wishes. It’s only when you choose to allow ego to oppose the expanding, receptive forward movement of the infinite mind of intention that the realization of your wishes doesn’t feel fulfilling.

Life itself is eternal, and you spring from this infinite thing called life. Your ability to connect to the eternal and live in the here-and-now will determine your staying connected to intention!

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excerpt from ‘The Power of Intention’
drwaynedyer.com
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Being Present & Conscious


Being Present & Conscious With Others
by William Frank Diedrich –

It is a human tendency to categorize each other. We place labels on people and tell ourselves that is who they are. Once we create a label we look for evidence to continually prove that the label is correct. That comes from another tendency– the need to be right. If you step back from your labels and reflect, you will find that your opinion of another is just an image. Images are usually not true. Each human being is a bundle of potentiality. We will only find this potential when we move beyond labels and learn to be present with people.

People speak; things happen; and we react. Reactions are conditioned responses. We react without thinking. Someone says something. My brain interprets their words, their tone, and their body language to mean something. I tell myself this is what it means, and the story I tell myself becomes my reality. For example, I see someone who is clearly saying something that demonstrates he is only thinking about his own needs. I label him as selfish. I now become critical of him for his selfishness. I find myself feeling anger and some resentment that he only thinks of himself (and not me).

It is at this point in my thinking that I need to interrupt myself. If we step back from this situation and honestly look at “reality”, there are several things that emerge.

• People are often selfish.
• There are times to be selfish and there are times to think of others.
• When people are inappropriately selfish, it is out of fear.
• If I am thinking about how hurt or angry I am, who am I thinking about? Me. Therefore, my reaction to someone
else’s selfishness is also selfish. Rather than being concerned for their state of fear, I am focused on my own.
• How does my judgment help this person?
• How can I be most helpful?

The trick is to be conscious, and to not believe everything you tell yourself. Just because you are totally convinced someone is a certain kind of person doesn’t mean you are right. In fact, you probably are not. Your view of another is an image. As long as you are focused on the image, you cannot see the person. You cannot see the bundle of potentiality that stands before you. You cannot see that your judgment is a contributing factor.

If you judge someone to be a certain way, you will expect them to behave that way. Your expectation will show up in the words you use, the tone of voice you take, and your body language. You are part of this person’s environment. Your influence will set up an expectation, and other people will meet your expectation.

We often avoid communication, because we think we already know how the other person will react. The problem is not in how they will react. The problem is about how you will react. Will you respond to the person, or will you react to the image you have of that person? How do you respond to a person? You suspend judgment. You listen without judging. You listen with the intention of understanding them.

In order to listen you must become fully present. That is, bring your mind into this moment. Allow yourself to be surprised by this person, by who they are, by the potential that is within them. Don’t try to fix them, but do help them. What is help? Help is shedding light on what they are saying. Help is empathetic. Help is intuitive. Sometimes it means not saying anything. Sometimes it means offering another perspective or supplying information the other person doesn’t have. Sometimes it means direct, honest feedback. Sometimes it is reassurance. If you are in the moment you will know what to say and do, because your mind is not clouded by the past or the imagined future. You are not distracted by personal hurts and opinions.

In our relationships, each moment is new. Things seem to be the same because we expect the same. We are so conditioned to see people in certain ways that we miss other possibilities. We adopt the attitude: “Don’t bring me any new data, I already have an opinion of you.” By being present, we open ourselves to new information. Personally, I find that I develop a new appreciation for people when I suspend judgment and listen. The other person can feel that I am truly listening and that I am accepting him. This helps him to feel safe and to trust me.

Ah, you say, trust is the problem. I don’t trust that person. The real question is: Do you trust yourself? Do you trust your ability to listen, to understand, and to make good decisions? Do you trust your ability to respond in the moment and to be truly helpful to another person? It’s not about trusting them. If you are in a situation and you sense something is wrong, you act on that sense. Depending on the situation–you speak up; you ask a question; you leave; you bring to the surface the issue that is hidden. We each have an intuitive sense that many of us don’t trust. Practice trusting it. Have the courage to act from this inner knowing.

So often we set ourselves up to be disappointed or resentful of another person. We create these huge expectations about how they should behave, and they can’t meet the expectation. Accept people where they are right now. Seek first to understand where they are. Honestly express where you are without blaming them. Relate to the person, not your image of them. Bypass the constant chatter in your mind and be here now. In this silence of right now your wisdom will emerge.

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© William Frank Diedrich
intelligentspirit.com
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