Thought Provoking Ideas About Self Empowerment

by Carol James –
  1. There are infinite variations in how people see any single event.
  2. The way I choose to see an event determines my experience. My experience is determined by the way I see an event. I can choose to see an event in a way that uplifts me or diminishes me.
  3. I am who I think I am. I am my own thoughts about myself made manifest.
  4. Whatever I focus on expands, giving me more of that which I am focused on.
  5. I will always find evidence to support the thoughts I am having.
  6. My thoughts, words, feelings and actions set the tone for the circumstances of my life.
  7. When I set my own tone, I can be anywhere and with anyone and still live exactly the life I am wanting.
  8. True faith comes from knowing that no matter what things look like, all is well and will turn out for the best.
  9. Nothing stays the same.All conditions and circumstances are temporary, and how they change depends on the choices I make.
  10. Nothing is more important than that the choices I make feel right to me.
  11. The greatest gifts I can give myself are to think for myself and to form my own conclusions.
  12. Filtering choices through my heart produces experiences that enrich and uplift myself and others.
  13. I have an inner self that exists eternally.
  14. My inner self is communicating with me all the time and in many ways.If I don’t pay attention, then I will miss its messages.
  15. Feelings, language of the inner self, operate as a guidance system.
  16. There are really only two emotions: one feels good (love-based) and one does not (fear-based).Everything else is a variation on one of those two emotions.
  17. Instinct and intuition are natural guidance from my inner self and worth paying attention to.
  18. To want something while observing its lack is to push it away from me.
  19. What I fear I attract. What I resist persists.
  20. Appreciation and feeling bad cannot exist in the same moment.
  21. When I do what I love, I love what I do.

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The Consciousness Revolution

by Marianne Williamson – 

There is a revolution occurring in the world today but it is not fought with armies and it does not aim to kill. It is a revolution of consciousness.

This revolution is to the 21st century what the Scientific Revolution was to the 20th. The Scientific Revolution revealed objective, discernable laws of external phenomena and applied those laws to the material world. 

The Consciousness Revolution reveals objective, discernable laws of internal phenomena and applies them to the world as well. 

The Scientific Revolution improved the state of humanity in many ways but it also fostered a worldview neither ultimately helpful nor deeply humane. That worldview is mechanistic and rationalistic, without the slightest bow to the primacy of consciousness. 

Yet consciousness supplies moral vision and ethical purpose, without which all the science in the world won’t keep us from destroying ourselves or the planet on which we live.

Gone with irony and deep sigh any lingering hope that science will cure all the ills of the world. Certainly science has improved and continues to improve the world in significant, even stunning ways. Despite all its amazing gifts, science cannot give us what we most need now. It cannot save us from ourselves. Science can lead to the cure of a physical ailment but it is not just a physical ailment that needs healing. 

Humanity’s core problem is not material but spiritual. 

It is our insanity — our inhumanity toward each other — from which we need to be delivered, in order to save us from the self-destruction on which we seem so bent. 

Science itself is placed at the behest of human purposes. It can be used for good and it can be used for evil. Of itself, it is neutral and thus amoral. It should not therefore be our god. It’s time to end our strict obeisance to its dictates that the laws of the material world are fixed and unalterable, unchanged by the powers of consciousness. 

The old Newtonian model of world as machine has in fact given way to the realization that the universe is not a big machine, so much as it is, in the words of British physicist James Jeans, “a big thought.” Science itself has begun to recognize the power of the mind but not so a lot of the world it has mesmerized over the last hundred years.

We need to heal our thinking, in order to heal our world.

The Law of Cause and Effect holds true on every level of reality. Thought is the level of Cause and material manifestation is the level of Effect. Change only on the level of effect is not fundamental change it at all, yet change on the level of cause changes everything. 

That is why a revolution in consciousness is our greatest hope for the future of the world. 

What is the Revolution of Consciousness in a nutshell? 

Like all great movements in human history it is based on a single insight; in this case, that we are not separate from one another. We are not material beings limited to the physical body, but beings of consciousness limited by nothing. 

Like waves in the ocean or sunbeams to the sun, there is actually nowhere where one of us stops and another one starts. On the level of bodies, we’re all separate of course. 

On the level of consciousness, we are one.

What that means, of course, is that what I do to you, I do to myself. That makes the Golden Rule very, very good advice. Do unto others what you would have others do unto you — because they will or someone else will.

In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one, affects all indirectly.” 

That understanding is not metaphor or symbol; it’s a description of an ultimate Reality shoved from our awareness by an obsolete scientific worldview. To reclaim that understanding is not blind but visionary. King was not just a movement leader but also a spiritual one, proclaiming that the human condition would not fundamentally change until our hearts were changed. Until that change occurs within us, every time we cut off the head of a monster three more will take its place.

Anything we do to anyone else will ultimately come back at us, whether as individuals or as nations. Once we know that, we cannot un-know it. It changes everything, including our hearts. 

How can we not change how we see each other, once we realize that we are each other? 

In the words of President John F. Kennedy, “Those who make peaceful evolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” The revolution of consciousness paves the way for the peaceful evolution of the human race. The alternative to that evolution is catastrophic and impenetrable darkness. 

Any species, if its behavior becomes maladaptive for its own survival, either mutates or goes extinct. What arrogance it would be to believe that that applies to every species but our own. In fact, humanity’s behavior is in fact maladaptive for our own survival: we fight too much with too many weapons of mass destruction existing on the planet and are actively destroying our own habitat. Our choice is clear: we will either mutate or we will die.

The mind does not want to hear this but the heart rejoices in it. The dictates of science aren’t so sure about it but the dictates of consciousness are clear. Humanity doesn’t need to make another machine; it needs to make another choice. 

We need to consider the possibility of another way, another option, another path for the human race to follow…one in which we do not bow before the laws of science but rather bow before the laws of love. The mind will no longer be our master but our servant. Science will no longer be a false god but a truer help and humanity will evolve, peace at last will come to earth, and war will be no more.
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Struggling to ‘Be Here Now’?

by Jane Straus –

Many of you know Ram Dass’s famous book, Be Here Now, the 1971 precursor to Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. From the titles of these books, you get the idea that there is something to be gained from focusing on the present rather than being run by our painful past or anxiously awaiting the unknowable future. Easier said than done, perhaps.

We have all seen (or have) the bumper stickers that say, “I’d rather be ____.” And who doesn’t say wistfully, “I wish,” ending the sentence with fantasies of Friday/the weekend/vacation/a new job/a new relationship/more wealth.

There’s nothing wrong with wishing and hoping and fantasizing. It’s a testament to our optimism and unique ability as humans to imagine the future. However, this same ability sometimes works against us.

One of my clients told me that he and his wife are going through a tough time. He’s afraid they may not make it. After a brief pause, he added, “Jane, I want to be hopeful. So I’m just going to put my anger and hurt aside.”

If it’s possible for this man to truly let go of his anger and hurt with the snap of his fingers, then more power to him. But if his hope depends on ignoring his painful feelings, that hope is bound to be short lived.

Anger and disappointment, ignored and pushed aside, tend to recirculate. 

As much as we try, denying “what is” doesn’t make “what isn’t” more attainable. Like this husband in pain, I often wish I were “there,” or at least anywhere-but-here, now. 

We can only change that which we acknowledge exists. 

If we can practice sitting with our feelings as they are—all of them, not just the comfortable or happy ones—if we can stay present with the present, we notice that our feelings evolve.

Anger dissolves into hurt, sometimes tinged with regret. Hurt and regret give way to sadness and mourning. If we don’t run from this grief, it eventually leads to a unique combination of acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, and compassion. 

From this fertile soil, wisdom sprouts, flowering into grace. 

Grace releases us from the grip of suffering. We begin to notice that we feel free where we formerly felt constrained and tight. This process may happen slowly or quickly but with patience, compassion for our struggle and perseverance, it will happen. Isn’t this worth being here now for?

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The Nature of Thought Energy

by Dr. Jeffry R. Palmer –

Your thoughts are the currencies with which you exchange energy with the universe. Do you believe that your thoughts have energy? Do you believe that a place or an object can retain the energy of the people that have come into contact with it? 
If you have ever entered an old home and sensed the presence of its previous occupants or held an antique item in your hands and felt the history of it, then you know the answers. 
Scientists are just beginning to accept the truth about thought energy and have begun to study what many have known for centuries. In fact some of today’s leading scientists in areas of physics, biology, psychology and many other fields are starting to recognize the importance of thought energy. 
Positive thought energy in the form of collective meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce violent crime!

In 1993 a study encouraged by one the world’s leading physicists was undertaken in Washington D.C to determine if focused meditation could have an effect on that city’s crime rate. The results were astonishing. During the weeks that several volunteers meditated, crime rates fell dramatically by 25 percent! This was no accident. 

This was scientifically validated and proven to be an effective means of countering the criminal inclinations of a very large group of people…an entire city in fact.

All Life Is Energy

Thoughts have energy. Negative thoughts create negative events. Positive thoughts create positive results. The energy of thought is either stored in physical structures or is transmitted into the universe, it never dies. Consider what this means. Think about the ramifications. Where did the clothes you are wearing come from, who made them? Were they manufactured by depressed and impoverished people working in appalling conditions for weeks to make the same amount of money that you spend on a cup of coffee in the morning?

Who built the car that you drive? Was it built by disgruntled and tired factory workers? Where some of those workers alcoholics? Did some of them leave work, go home, beat their wives and children and build your car the next morning? Who built the house that you live in? Who came into contact with the food that you ate today? Starting to get the picture? 

Everything we come into contact with can hold the thought energy of other people. Even the air that we breathe carries the thought energy of those it surrounds. What were the thoughts that have been injected into every part of your life? How much has the thought energy of others affected you?

Every thought interacts with the energy of the universe. Negative thought looks for other negatives thought energies to bind with. 
Eventually a matrix of negative thought energy is created and forms a thought wave. These powerful negative thought waves manifest themselves in our lives in the form of poverty, crime, war, plagues and natural disasters. 
Negative energy creates a vacuum, it detracts from the life giving nature of the universe Negative thought waves come in many sizes and have been known by many names, bad luck, misfortune, disaster, evil, curses, etc. Call them what you will, the source of their energy is the same. The source is us.
Positive thought energy also seeks out other positive energies. If you are a source of positive thought energy, positive and beneficial energy will return to you in many wonderful and unexpected ways. Positive thought energy creates a surplus; it is the surplus of positive thought energy that allows for the creation of life.

You are the source and creator of all things. Everything that happens in your life has a direct connection with the type of energy that you are charging the universe with. You alone are responsible for the type of energy created by your life.

Becoming aware of the power of your own thoughts is the most important step in understanding how to handle the adverse influence of the negative thought of others.

Knowing the value of positive thought energy allows us to become sensitive to negative energy. We begin to notice it in our own speech, we see it in our relationships, and we notice it in others.

Being aware is the key. 

Once we are aware of the negative thought energy in our lives we can take measures to eliminate it and replace it with beneficial, healing energy. It is as simple as noticing it and dismissing it with our minds. 
A thought enters our mind that we recognize as negative, we simply dismiss it. By dismissing negativity we take away its power by not allowing it to manifest further negativity in our lives.

There are of course many other techniques available to combat negative thought energy and create positive abundance in our lives; including focused meditation among others. The critical first step however is simply being aware of the existence and effects of these energies. Hopefully this brief article has helped you to allow that first step to be taken.

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