The Hero’s Heart

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The year 2022 is up to you, just as every day of your life in years gone by has been up to you, and the creative ability and responsibility of your Divinity will go right into 2023…if you do! This year will unfold in sameness or newness, in continued conflict and confusion or newly discovered well-being and harmony, and it will arise out of choices you and make as we live it. We’ll experience what we’re creating in the present moment as we go along. Even if you don’t believe that’s true, how you experience 2022 will still be up to you. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You are so free you can choose bondage. You are so free that you can choose not to feel free. That’s freedom!”

We are so free in our Divinity that we can deny the power of our thoughts, words and actions, and live as if it doesn’t matter what we think or do. We can decide to sit back mentally and just see what happens this year without our conscious participation in the direction our thoughts are taking our life. We can cheer when things go our way and call it “good luck,” and we can complain when they don’t and call it “bad luck.” That is a way to live in this world. But it’s not the most powerful way we can live as a Divine being with freedom to create good things, happy things, beautiful things, and uplifting things while we’re here.

If we’d like to improve the days of our life so that we laugh more, love more, and feel fulfilled and peaceful more often, it’s up to us to make a conscious decision to take ownership of our human experience, to become aware of our thinking and how we’re feeling in the moments we’re thinking and feeling whatever it is, and to know that it matters. In this way we can use our inseparable connection with the Law of Attraction, that creative Power of the Universe that responds to the vibration of our thoughts, to attract with our good feeling thoughts, the people, activities and experiences we’ll enjoy this year, no matter what the world is doing. We’ll stop bracing our self for what fearful thing might happen next, and embrace each moment with the awareness we are free to choose how we want to feel in that moment and how we want to respond within it.

Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” We’ve all done the best we could do since we arrived in this human environment, no matter what it was we did. The thought “I could have done better” is one that can only occur in retrospect within a mind that knows better now. We proceeded to live our life based on what we learned from the voices of authority around us, and because we believed what we were told about our self and life, our life seemed to validate that what we were told was true. We didn’t know (back then) that we experience life as we believe it to be.

If we’re not feeling good about who we are yet, it’s because we haven’t unlearned our limitations yet and discovered our Divine Power. We’ve always had the power to deliberately direct our life in positive ways, we just need to know that we can choose our life direction and go where we want to go. All our life, despite the encouragement or discouragement of those around us, we’ve been the only one responsible for what we see in our self and the world around us. We just need to know that our view of life is determined by us and no one can change it but us. It’s up to us to decide if now is the time for us to know better so we can do better.

No matter what our chronological age, it’s not too late for us to become a Master of our life. No matter what our current health condition may be or what physical situation we may be in, the power of choice still belongs to us and there is still time for us to choose to take time to get to know who we truly are so that we can live in joy and freedom from now on. Deep within us we must know that is true or we wouldn’t be seeking to discover more about the Divine Power within us so that we can do better and live in a world that gets better and better to live in. Good for us that no matter what road we’ve traveled, and no matter how bumpy our journey may still be, we want to take charge of our life now. And, as we do, it’s important for us to remind our self that the world we live in can only become better and better for us to live in as we change our thoughts, words and actions in positive ways.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “Discover who you are. With that, your charm becomes eternal, your love becomes unconditional, and great strength arises.” When we deliberately choose Divine Power over our human impulses, when we focus our mind on the good we want to experience, despite what may be going on the world in any moment, we do better in life. Life doesn’t happen to us from outside of us, it happens within the vibrational possibilities of our mind wherever we are focusing. We do better in our life when we focus on what we want instead of what we don’t want because we’re able to feel it coming even before we see it manifest. We do better when we know better than to try to control the world around us or blame anything outside of us for our experiences. We do better when we know that to blame and complain is to give up our Divine Power to deliberately choose and to hand our freedom over to the fickle finger of fate.

It takes courage to take a stand for the better we know, especially when those we know may not agree with how we live our life and point out the things they believe we should be focusing on. But unless we discover our Divine Daring, we’ll miss out on the purpose of this human experience, with all its contrasts that allow us to make choices that prove to us that we have Power over our mind. Dr. Martin Luther King found his Divine Daring and lived it. He proved the power of his Divinity through the force of his humanity. He demonstrated that responses to life don’t need to be mindless reactions, but can be conscious decisions we make. He said, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Though Dr. King was a Baptist minister, his words and actions reflected spirituality rather than religion. He knew that Love is a spiritual gift belonging to anyone who chooses It. A hero’s heart bypasses the mind of judgement, and rules of right and wrong, and allows Love to flow freely outward from the center of the heart into the world in all directions without conditions. We’re all born with a hero’s heart, but so often we allow fear within the mind to cover it. If we want to live in harmony of life, it’s time for us to rediscover our hero’s heart. Love is a choice that we can make in any moment, no matter what may happening in that moment, because Love is what we are. A hero never stops to ask, “What’s in it for me” before acting courageously. A hero lets Love be the reason for every action.

There can never be an “unsung” hero. Love knows where It flows, and It flows through a hero’s heart accompanied by the joyous vibration of a choir of angels. Marcos Gualberto wrote, “There is no happiness as long as the sense of separativity is present, me and the world, myself and the other.” We are all born into this world with a Love that is intended to bring us together in happy co-creation, cooperation and peace, a Love in which there is no sense of you and me separately.

We are so free we can decide not to feel our unity and choose the bondage of living separately. But, we read in A Course of Love, “Make a new choice! The choice that your heart yearns to make for you and that your mind is finding increasingly difficult to deny. When you choose unity over separation, you choose reality over illusion. You end opposition by choosing harmony. You end conflict by choosing peace.” Our heart knows that conflict, war, and control of anyone anywhere will never bring peace on earth. It knows peace comes with our awareness we are One Life Together.

If we let it, our heart will inspire our mind to perceive life as one universal creation, and to speak to each other and of each other, as one holy family of Love. Martin Luther King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Peace on earth is up to you and me. We are so free that we can choose to Love unconditionally.

As Only YOU Can

Our overall theme and focus this year at The Life Enrichment Center is “2022 is Up to You.” If we want to deliberately direct our life in positive ways throughout the year, it’s important for us to be aware of our mental-emotional trending. We tend to that trending by noticing how the thoughts we’re thinking, in any moment, are causing us to feel (good or not-so-good). How we’re trending is reflected by our mood and attitude in general, as well as in any moment.

If our mood and attitude is generally positive, it’s easier for us to notice if (when) what we’re thinking about is causing our mood to “dip,” and taking our life in a downward trend away from experiences we want. If we’re usually feeling good about life, it’s easier for us to shift our thinking to a place that lifts us right back up into our joy and happiness. On the other hand, if our mood and attitude is generally a downer, because we’re used to feeling not-so-good about our self and life, it’s difficult for us to recognize if what we’re thinking in a particular moment is increasing the momentum of our general downward trend and taking us more quickly towards experiences we don’t want.

How you experience this year, and all the days within it, is up to you because only YOU can direct your mental and emotional trending by choosing what thoughts you want to focus on. Mooji tells us, “You have the power to take a chaotic mind and bring it back into a peaceful state.” No one in heaven or on earth can bring our mind back for us because only we have power over our mind. When we realize that no one and no thing has the power to make us think or feel anything we don’t agree to think or feel, we understand how important it is for us to stop blaming people, situations and conditions that come into our life for our mood and attitude about life. We realize that if we want to deliberately influence our experiences in 2022, rather than living by default or claiming our life situation is someone else’s fault, we must take ownership of the thoughts we allow to visit our mind, as well as those we allow to take up residency there. Thoughts that feel at home in our mind create our mood and attitude.

The good news is all we have to do is focus on thoughts that cause us feel good about our self and life, thoughts that cause us to feel enthusiastic about the new possibilities that lie ahead, and 2022 will be a good year for us. But no year, month, day, or moment has the power to make us feel positive in any way if we don’t choose to. No matter what new year’s ritual we may have participated in to try to clear the way for the new year, every day in 2022 will require our full positive participation for anything to be new for us. The time it takes for positive change in our life doesn’t have to do with the time on a clock or a date on a calendar. A “happy new year” is a moment to moment choice to be happy.

Whether the craziness of 2021 has left us feeling invincible or vulnerable, hopeful that things will get better this year or fearful that things may get worse, it’s important for us to remember we have power over our mind. We are the one who decides what thoughts we focus on in each moment. Nothing has the power to uplift our mood unless we’re willing to rise. If we insist on staying seated on our pity pot because of some condition or situation, there is no one outside of us that can lift us off of it. Only we can do that. Only we can stand up for our Divinity.

If we’re in the midst of a situation or condition that doesn’t feel uplifting, it’s up to us to lift our self up anyway, in any way we can, if we want things to improve. That doesn’t mean we suddenly jump up and down. Happiness can feel calm. It can simply be a feeling that feels so good we just want to keep feeling it. As we call upon the happiness within us that doesn’t depend on anything around us in order to be present for us, we find we can be happy for no reason at all. Happiness is a choice, not a result. It’s been said that “happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” A mood and attitude of happiness gives positive momentum to our life journey and eases our travel. Thich Nhat Hanh tells us, “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” Our happiness doesn’t come to us, it comes from us. A happy new year for us can only unfold out of our own happiness.

If we want to take Divine ownership of our human experiences this year and deliberately create healthy, happy, peaceful, and calm experiences for our self and the world, it is essential for us to get in touch and stay in touch with our Divinity so that we can access our Divine Power over our mind and choose thoughts, words and actions from a peaceful place within us. Discovering our Inner Divine is something only we can do for our self. If we want to feel better and better about who we are, and more enthusiastic about life, we need to realize that all we want and need is already waiting for us in the high vibration of Divine Love within us. Love would never allow us, even for a moment, to go without health, happiness, peace, and well-being. It’s all within us now, but it’s up to us claim It. And that doesn’t take time, it takes willingness, and willingness is a moment to moment decision.

Fifteenth Century Indian mystic poet and saint, Kabir Das, wrote “Wherever you are is your entry point. Be still and find out who you are.” We have to allow the dust of yesterday to settle in our mind and memory if we want to see who we are now. It’s only as we feel our connection with our Inner Being, our true Self that lives only in the now, that we are able to fearlessly move forward in this human experience guided by our Divinity. But, unless we decide to let bygones be bygones, whether it’s a health condition, relationship challenge, or the negative opinions we held in 2021about the opinions others held in 2021, unless we finally say goodbye to days gone by and let old patterns of negative thoughts and conversations be a thing of past, our mind won’t be still enough for us see our Divine reflection. Shunryu Suzuki wrote, “Nothing outside yourself can cause you any trouble. You yourself make the waves in your mind. If you leave your mind as it is, it will become calm.” And, out of that calmness YOU will arise as only YOU can!

We need to get familiar with the One within us that never judges by appearances and always knows everything is working out for us, and allow the fullness of our Divinity to guide us this year so our experiences can truly be new. We read in A Course in Miracles, “ I am one Self, united with my Creator, at one with every aspect of creation, and limitless in power and in peace.” That one Self is within each of us, and yet none of us experiences that Self in exactly the same way. In our human expression we want others to understand us and see life as we do. But no one can see life exactly as YOU do. You are created to express God as only YOU can, and to experience your oneness with all of creation as you do it.

Each of us is unlimited in power and peace to express the one Self we share uniquely through our self awareness. Wherever we are in any moment is our entry point. But we must use our power over our mind to bring our mind into a peaceful state, a mental stillness that allows us to find our Self, and be our Self, wherever we are. It is a powerful thing to live with the awareness that the Source Energy that creates worlds created us and is supporting us in our unique expression of the one Self. When we know with clarity who we are, we’ll see evidence of that Truth all around us manifesting as every good thing we desire to experience this year and in the years to come. That’s what we came for, to see our Inner Divinity take form and expression in this human environment.

Our Divine Impulse while we are in the world is to express God as Only we can, a diverse human within Divine unity. These words by American poet, Mary Oliver, beautifully reflect a powerful intention to live as the one Self fully and freely on earth until one’s earth days are complete. She wrote, “When it’s over, I want to say: All my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.”

Are You Full of Xi?

As the Thanksgiving month of November ends and we enter into the month of December, let us choose to carry with us a greater awareness of the power and importance of our practicing gratitude and appreciation for our life everyday, and not just on Thanksgiving Day. Every morning we can choose to take time as the sun rises, or as we rise, and say “thank you” for the gift of another day of Earth life. We can decide to take time to stop and smell the roses that bloom all year round in a mind that is filled with happy thoughts and the fragrance of beautiful ideas. We can pause to watch the sunset each evening with gratitude for a day well spent, whether we were housebound or out in the world. But most important of all we can decide to stop and be fully present right where we are, wherever we are—whether we’re alone, or with family, friends, coworkers, or strangers—and no matter what may be going on in that moment we’ll look for something to be grateful for.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Look for good things about where you are, and in your state of appreciation you’ll lift all self-imposed limitations (and all limitations are self-imposed) and free yourself for the receiving of wonderful things.” Some moments in our life are so obviously filled with wonderful things that it makes it easy for us to be grateful. Other moments maybe not-so-much. That’s when we need to take a deep breath, and a deeper look, to remind our self that how we respond to life is our choice. Every moment is worth appreciating because we’re alive within it to appreciate it!

It is important for us to be aware of the Powerful Presence of the Universal Law of Attraction. Why? Because It is the organizational Law of the Universe that matches energies with similar energies, including our own. It’s the Law of “like attracts like.” It makes what goes around, come around in our life. The Science of Mind tells us that the Law of Attraction contains all subjective tendencies, i.e., all unseen energies of desire and belief, that are bound to attract. It responds to thought vibrations and causes the forms and expressions to manifest in life. Nothing takes form anywhere without It, including in our life. It matches the vibration of our thoughts with the vibration of similar thoughts. Our thoughts become one with those thoughts, and as those thoughts become one with us they occupy our mind.

Ever notice when you start focusing on a certain thought, positive or negative, more thoughts similar to it come to mind? Maybe you’re thinking appreciatively about some person or event, and then more pleasant thoughts come mind about other people and happy events you’ve experienced. That’s the Law of Attraction in action! When our mind is filled and running over with appreciation, we have a sense of well-being and a good feeling about what might occur in our life next. On the other hand, maybe we’re thinking angry and resentful thoughts about someone or some situation, and then more unpleasant thoughts come to mind about other people and other negative experiences. That, too, is the Law of Attraction in action! And when our mind is filled and running over with anger and resentment, we have a sense of uneasiness and a bad feeling about what might occur in our life next.

The thoughts we focus on repeatedly, positive or negative, become our habits of thought, and our habits of thought become our belief system about life. Our belief system about life gains momentum in our mind with every thought we think, and causes our life to go in a certain direction where certain things happen as our thoughts take form and expression in our life. If we’re practicing appreciation for life every day that’s good news! Gratitude will gain energetic momentum in our life and we’ll attract and be attracted to more to be grateful for-

The Japanese Buddhist priest and writer, Dogen Zenji, wrote, “Continuous practice, day after day, is the most appropriate way of expressing gratitude. This means that you practice continuously without wasting a single day of your life. Why is it so important? Your life today is the outcome of the continuous practice of the past.” Our life today is the outcome of our continuous practice of past thoughts. Whether we’ve been thinking thoughts of gratitude or resentment, peace or anger, health or sickness, happiness or sadness, positivity or negativity, we’ve created our life today. Whatever we’re thinking right now is likely similar to what we were thinking a moment ago because our past thoughts set the tone for today’s thoughts. And, because our thoughts go forth and multiply, they gain momentum in our mind so that the thoughts we think today will likely become what we experience tomorrow.

But we can always change mind. Our thoughts don’t need to occur automatically. They can occur deliberately. Every day, if we want to, we get to consciously choose what we’ll think about. Can we afford the “luxury” of a negative thought, an ungracious thought, a resentful thought? That depends on how long we want to indulge in that thought. We can indulge in it just long enough to acknowledge that it’s there so we can let it go. But if we choose to dwell on a negative thought for long, it is will gain momentum in us and attract more and more people, events, situations, and conditions just like it.

Ever been told you were “full of it”? We’re usually told we’re full of something when we say or do something unpleasing to someone else. For example, when I was growing up, my mother used tell me, whenever I was feeling confident and verbally expressive, that I was “full of myself.” I could tell it wasn’t a good thing, especially when she added that I needed to “get over myself.” It didn’t take long for me to learn that being full of myself was not pleasing, and that thought gained momentum in my life. I tried as many ways as I could to be full of something else, to get over myself and be full of somebody else—someone more acceptable, more pleasing, and more lovable. I practiced for so long that even into my early adult years I had no confidence in myself because I didn’t know who I was.

Like it or not, we live in a Universe in which we communicate with It, and each other, through vibration, through energy, or through “the ethers,” as The Science of Mind describes it. Even before words, even without words, we are communicating how we feel about our self, others and life. We can talk a good show or we can hold our tongue until we’re blue in the face. We can be shy or appear aggressive. But whatever fearful emotional energy is alive in us will ooze out of us, unseen but not unfelt by us and others. There is no way to confine the energy of our emotions or to hold onto the vibration our thoughts emit. With every thought we proclaim what we believe to be true about our self and life, and the Universe acknowledges it and responds to it.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Whatever you are thinking about is literally like planning a future event. When you are worrying, you’re planning. When you are appreciating, you’re planning. What are you planning?” If we’re not planning a celebration of life with our thoughts right now, and if we’re not happy with the direction our life seems to be going, we can change our life’s direction by changing our thinking about our self and who we are. Life doesn’t happen to us, WE happen in life. The habit of our thoughts, and the energy aura they create around us, become our mood and attitude, and who we are being in the world. How is your mood and attitude? Usually when we say someone is “moody,” we mean grouchy or negatively moody. But moody is moody. We can choose to be an optimistically moody person, a moody person who is joyful most of time.

We are all here to be all we can be, but how much we can express depends on who we believe we are. We read in The Science of Mind, “It is the self-knowing mind alone that constitutes reality, personality and individuality. It is the Image of God, the essence of Sonship…Without choice, volition and will there would be no channel through which the ideas of God could be expressed.” If we’re ever going to discover our true Self we need to look where who we are began, within us. The Spiritual Teacher, Matt Kahn, defines the word “me” as Magnified Energy. Unless we begin to authentically be our self, in ways that feel real to us, we won’t discover our Magnified Energy, the Self that is the reality, personality and individuality made in the Image of God. Now, that’s a Self we want to express, not “get over.”

The word “xi” in Chinese means “to be fond of, to like, to enjoy, to be happy, to feel pleased, delighted and glad.” It’s a good thing to be “full of” because when we’re full of xi, we’re full of our Divine Self. When we’re grateful for our life and appreciate being our self in it, we feel connected to our intuition and inner guidance, our Divine Self. We’re not looking for someone to tell us who we are, how to live, or how to behave and respond in any moment. When we feel connected to our intuition, we trust the choices we make because we trust the Divine Self that we are. When we know our choices come from Divine Guidance, we understand it is never our right to try to infringe upon the Divine Guidance of anyone else. We’re not looking to control the choices anyone makes just so we’ll feel better, safer, or more peaceful

When we live each day grateful for the ease of happy moments, and thankful for the lessons we learn about our freedom to choose in difficult moments, when we lay our head down to sleep, we find we experience a night’s rest feeling blessed. When we’re full of xi, we’re unconcerned about tomorrow because we know that what comes next will be the outcome of our gratitude today. We trust tomorrow will bring more into our life to be fond of, to like, to enjoy, to be happy about, and for which we feel pleased, delighted and glad.

Let us choose to allow the Image of God in our heart to express as our reality, personality and individuality, so that right where we are, we are a blessing to the world. The prayer below was spoken by Spiritual Master, Mooji:

Bless you, bless you, bless you.
Wherever you may be in this world.
Whatever your situation.
There is a place beyond all of this.
And the amazing thing – there is no distance.
My humble prayer is this:
May peace and true love,
compassion and wisdom,
become contagious again on this planet.
It begins inside each one’s heart.
Let it be your heart. Start there.

X Marks the Spot

 

This coming Thursday is officially Thanksgiving Day, and even though Thanksgiving seems to have lost its decorative emphasis these days, and there are no catchy songs associated with it, still it has managed to squeeze its way into our life between Halloween ghosts and Christmas Santas, and continue to hold significance for many of us.

But often because we want everyone we’re planning to spend Thanksgiving Day with to have a good time, we get caught up ahead of time in the fuss and concern of planning the Holiday celebration. Whether we’re preparing the whole meal or just bringing our special dish to share, often our preparation is filled with anxiety, and even resentment, especially if someone else isn’t bringing their traditional dish or doing their part to help out. By the time Thanksgiving Day arrives we’re feeling more stressed than blessed, and more grumpy than grateful! By the time we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, we’re so exhausted by the all commotion that preceded it’s difficult for us to remember what the day is all about. We’ve forgotten to focus on appreciating our loved ones and feeling gratitude for the good in our life.

That’s why the daily practice of feeling the high vibrations of gratitude, appreciation, and giving thanks is so important. We begin to feel the positive energy that fills us whenever we’re feeling grateful, so that when a day like Thanksgiving Day is dedicated to giving thanks, we’re ready! We’re ready for a full day of being grateful right where we are, wherever we are; a full day of appreciating everyone we’re with, no matter who we’re with or what they may be saying or doing. If we allow it to be, Thanksgiving Day can  feel like Holy Celebration it is intended to be: the glorification and magnification of Gratitude.

Melodie Beattie, author of Codependent no more, wrote: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Gratitude is a powerful thing because it causes us to perceive life from an awareness of our Divinity. Abraham-Hicks reminds us, “Love and appreciation are same vibration.” And, because God is love, gratitude causes us to rise in our awareness of life and consciously connect with the God within us.

In the Book of Matthew we read, “For where your treasure is, there is your heart also.” Where are we looking for our treasure, within us or to the world? Are we consciously on an inner journey of the heart? Is it our intention to feel our Oneness with all of creation and discover more and more of the one we’re created to be? Or are we on a solely human path of separation, looking to the world to tell us who we are and to give us what we need? Whatever is important to us, whatever we value, we treasure. Whatever thoughts we practice in our mind is where our heart is also.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “Heaven or hell is your state of mind. If the mind is in difficulty then hell is right here. For a free mind, there’s always bliss. It’s always heaven.” We could say X marks the spot where we’re either standing in heaven or hell. A spiritual journey will expand our heart and increase our awareness that all we need wherever we stand is already within us. Such a state of mind brings us freedom and joy. A solely human journey will break our heart and keep us living unaware that the world can’t give to us what is already within us. Such state of mind imprisons us and causes us to live in lack and neediness.

Eckhart Tolle tells the story of a beggar sitting on a box by the side of the road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by the beggar, and the beggar mumbled, mechanically, while holding out his old baseball cap, “Spare some change?” The stranger said, ”I have nothing to give you” and then asked: “What’s that you’re sitting on?” “Nothing,” the beggar replied, “just an old box. I’ve been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.” “Ever looked inside?” the stranger asked. “No” the beggar said, “What’s the point? There’s nothing in there.” “Have a look inside,” the stranger insisted. So the beggar managed to pry open the lid, and with astonishment and elation he discovered that the box was filled with gold.

In the Book of Luke we read, “For nothing is concealed that will not become evident, nor anything hidden that will not be known & come to light.” This Earth life isn’t a game of hide and seek. It’s about getting up off our assets and using our treasures. Our treasure isn’t hidden, but we do have to know where to look for it so that it can come to light from our heart to our mind and into our life.

If we’re looking to the world to give us scraps of pleasure and satisfaction, or for validation, security and love, whatever we experience won’t fulfill us as a spiritual being. Success that seems to come from outside of us causes fear within us. It causes us to be selfish and jealous, and to take and possess rather than give. We’re here to give our treasure to the world, not to find something to keep and hold onto for dear life in it. If we want to know what we treasure, and where our heart is focused, Abraham-Hicks reminds us that what we’re living is the evidence of what we’re thinking and feeling, every single time.

No thoughts are concealed that won’t become evident as our life because whether we’re standing in a crowd or standing alone in our kitchen, X marks the spot where we’re communicating with the Universe through the vibrational energy we’re emitting with our thoughts. And, because the Universal Law of Attraction is all about energy and vibration, It knows where our heart is and where our treasure lies. It receives our vibration and answers it, no questions asked, with things that match it. Our life lets us know whether we’re standing in heaven or hell; whether we’re treasuring our identity as Divinity and looking within us for the peace, joy, love, and abundant good we desire to experience, or we’re looking to the world and blaming those within it when they do not (because they cannot) provide our treasures for us.

When we decided to come into human form, we carried our own treasure map with us, drawn by the hand of God. A Course in Miracles tells us that it was drawn with everlasting Love. The X on that map not only told us where to find our treasure, but included the words, “You are here,” so we wouldn’t get lost on our adventure in the world. But instead of following our own map, we often look at everyone else’s map to see where they’re going. We may look at the map of someone who appears to be succeeding in the world and try to follow their map believing the X on their map marks the spot where our treasure is also. Or we may look at those who appear (to us) to be going the wrong way because they’re not behaving in the way we think they should, and so we insist that they follow our map. But the X that is on our map belongs only to us. It is the X the Universe sees, the X that marks the Presence of God in us.

Speaking as our Divinity, The Way of the Heart tells us, “I am already That which I seek. While this body lasts, I will allow it to be a communication device that extends the treasure of perfect Love, perfect safety, and perfect peace to all who enter my house. And, my house is my field of energy, the expanse of my presence.” Our true treasure is the radiant joy of Being our true self, and the deep unshakable peace and well-being that comes with it. The treasure within us not only includes all those things we want to experience in our human adventure, but infinitely greater treasure than anything the world can offer.

Are we sitting on our assets like a beggar asking the world to “spare some change?” Are we looking outside of us hoping to fill our emptiness when all that we want is right there already? The lyrics of the song, “It’s Already There,” tell us, “You spend your days hoping/You spend your nights wishing/You’re always feeling something is missing/Can’t you see?/Don’t you know?/You don’t have so far to go/It’s already there what you’re looking for/It’s already there don’t have to search anymore/Open your eyes/believe that it’s true/It’s already there inside of you.”

Gratitude is the key that opens the holy treasure chest within us. When we’re grateful to be alive, when we appreciate all the good we already have, the Universe demonstrates to us that Life is good, “every time” and all the time. Our treasures are endless because they flow from the Infinite Source within us. When our heart is filled with Gratitude, we feel good vibes within us and that feeling extends to those around us, to those who enter our house, our field of energy, the expanse of our presence. We experience the good vibes that cause good health and help others to heal. We emit good vibes that cause good relationships and happy encounters. X marks the spot where our good comes to us and through us.

Present moment awareness, free of past regrets and future concerns, marks the spot of the joyful radiant Being that is our true Self. Right where we are, wherever we are, is the spot where the love, light, joy, laughter, peace, hope, and beauty of creation expresses through us. In other words, “X marks the spot” where Christ is revealed through us.

Jump, Jive and Wail

Image by Jill Wellington

November offers us an official Thanksgiving Day—a day to turn our attention to our loved ones and appreciate them; a day to give thanks for all the good in our life we might otherwise not notice or take for granted. But we need not reserve our gratitude for just one day of expression each year. In fact, it’s important for us to feel and express gratitude for our life every day. Gratitude and appreciation for our life, and giving thanks for the good we’ve received, causes us to be aware of the Presence of Goodness in the world, and that awareness enriches our experience of life.

Abraham-Hicks reminds us that “love and appreciation are the same vibration,” the same Divine Energy, the same awareness that Life is Good. Gratitude, when we truly feel it, when it flows straight from our heart, lifts us to a high vibrational altitude in our mind where we are able to experience God within us, the pure positive Divine Source Energy of our Life. God is Love, and our appreciation causes us to become an energetic transmission tower of Love, a broadcasting system of Love, a giver and receiver of Love. When we live in gratitude, Love becomes all we want to be, to feel, to see, to experience, and to express. The poet, Hafiz, wrote: “An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.”

Gratitude lifts us up where we belong, and from that High Holy view we experience our self and life as Love created life to be. Since the Universe of Love is ever-increasing and ever-expanding God’s intention for creation, Love is ever-extending Itself through all Life, including our life. If we were to turn our attention each day to loving those around us (whomever is around us and whomever comes to mind) through the Law of Attraction that matches up vibration, the Love within us would increase, expand and extend so that It would draw to us even more of life to love. If we were to appreciate the good in our life now, and give thanks for it everyday, our appreciation would increase, expand and extend so that it would draw to us even more to appreciate.

The poet, Rumi, wrote: “Be grateful for your life, every detail of it, and your face will shine like a sun, and everyone who sees it will be happy and at peace.” Our awakened feelings of gratitude for every detail of our life not only blesses us, but blesses those around us. We might want to ask our self: “How bright does my gratitude shine? What do I see when I glance in the mirror? Does my face reveal my joy? During the day, do I smile with such radiance that everyone who sees my face is reminded to feel happy and at peace?”

Often we walk around “in our head,” thinking about some past situation or some future event that prevents us from shining in the present moment. When we’re off somewhere else in our mind, we usually have a serious look on our face. Perhaps our brow is creased in concern or contemplation. There isn’t a radiant smile on our face because there’s no one home, present in moment, to shine through our face. We’ve all seen that vacant look in others when it seems that they’ve gone off and left only their body with us. Thich Nhat Hahn said, “Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.”

We are here to bring the Energetic life inside of us to three-dimensional life in the world—through our body, our words and actions, our relationships, and through every form and expression we focus upon and call our life. It is important for us to ask our self: “What does my focus bring into form and expression in my life?” Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Your life can be as wonderful or as horrible as you allow it to be. It all depends upon the thoughts that you practice, and therein lies the basis of anyone’s success: How much do I practice thoughts that bring me joy and how much do I practice thoughts that bring me pain?” It is important for us to be present right where we are so that we’re aware of what thoughts we’re practicing, and how our thoughts are causing us to feel in that moment. In this way we know what energy is active within us, and we can change our thinking to thoughts that bring joy if we want to or need to.

If you’ve heard the song, “Jump, Jive and Wail,” even if you didn’t understand the words, you likely felt the beat. And, as the rhythm moved through you, you knew that the song was all about singing and dancing, and feeling the joy of being alive. “Jump, jive and wail” can also be about our practicing thoughts that bring us so much joy that we can’t help but to feel, and dance with, the music of our soul. Einstein said, “We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos. We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments, and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music.”

“Jump” can refer to our ability to choose to rise quickly, to jump, to a place in our mind that feels good, no matter what’s going on. It’s that happy place we go to when happiness is all we want to feel. It’s a place of peace and joy within us that is part us and not dependent on outer conditions and situations. That’s why we go there in our mind when we want to get away from outer disturbances.

“Jive” can refer to our ability to feel the joyful rhythm of our soul and move with it, even if our body stays still. The music is always happy and danceable because our soul is never trapped within the human conditions of the world.

“Wail” can refer to the unrestricted, uninhibited utterances of spontaneous joy and satisfaction that come from us in words, songs, and sighs. When we’re on a Divine High of gratitude, what we’re feeling naturally exudes and emanates through us.

Another question we might want to ask our self is: “How much do I practice thoughts that bring me so much joy I feel like jumping, jiving and wailing within me no matter what I’m doing in the world around me? On the other hand, how much do I practice thoughts that bring me so much pain I feel like slumping rather than jumping, and sitting out my life rather than getting out on dance floor, if only in mind, and jiving with my soul? How often do I practice thoughts that cause me so much pain I feel like crying out in grief and suffering rather than singing and sighing in joy and satisfaction?”

We read in the Book of Psalms: “MAKE a joyful noise to the LORD, all you lands.” That means all of us, not just some of us. No one is preordained to be miserable or chosen to suffer. Every life can be as wonderful or as horrible as the one living it allows it to be. Imagine what the world would be like if all we heard were joyful noises in our mind and coming from our lips; joyful noises resounding in our household, spoken by others, and offered through the media; reports and conversations about all the good that happens everyday because mostly good does happen everyday. Abraham-Hicks tells us to imagine a 24-hour news station that gave proportional attention to both positive and negative events that happened each day. And, as we sat and watched this and that good thing occurring, every once-in-while a bit of static, an incoherent blip, would appear representing all the negativity that actually occurred in the world that day.

The world is full of goodness. It is our focus that either calls our attention to it or away from it. It is our practice of thought and our habit of conversation that determines where we focus and makes our life wonderful or horrible. Not everything we see, hear and experience in the world automatically inspires thoughts that bring us joy. But if we’re depending on the world to bring joy to us, while we sit in misery until then, we’re going to have a long wait. And, as we wait, focused on all the painful things in our life and the world around us, we’ll find less and less to feel grateful about, and more and more to complain about, in our life and the world around us.

If the world was responsible for our happiness, we wouldn’t need to practice thoughts that bring us joy. They would come to mind automatically. In fact, they’d come so automatically that we wouldn’t notice the self-directed spiritual being we are, and our power to choose our thoughts would go unpracticed by us. Earth life is a training ground for spiritual masters, not a reform school for sinners. How would we know it is the power of our mind that creates our experience of reality unless we were called upon in our life experiences to use the power of our mind? So often we’re afraid to be hopeful, afraid to feel the pain of failure so we don’t even try to use our mind to practice thoughts that bring us joy. It’s our fear of the pain of unworthiness that keeps us focused on what we don’t want as if we deserve it. Khalil Gibran wrote, “Many of us spend our lives running from feelings, with the mistaken belief that we cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.”

The beauty of conditions, situations and conversations that momentarily cause us pain or sorrow is that we get to discover we have the power to rise to a higher vibration within us that feels better. We’re never stuck in misery. No one can make us angry, resentful or unhappy but us, and we get to change our mind about how we want to feel anytime we choose to! Right in middle of conditions that seem unchangeable and unenjoyable—like aging, disease, disability, and conflict—every choice for joy we make is a spiritual practice that causes us to become more and more aware we are a spiritual being with the power to choose how we want to experience our life. We can supersede a painful past with any present moment thought that feels better to think. If we’re willing to stop allowing our painful stories to define us, we’ll discover we were never those stories anyway. We have always been the one beyond the pain. We can let go of the low vibration of mental negation that is keeping our good away, and if we do, our good will start flowing into our life instantly. We can take a leap of faith that takes us higher than our fears, and practice thoughts that bring us joy and cause our life to be wonderful.

In the Book of Samuel we read, “And King David sang praises before the LORD with all his might. The daughter of Saul looked down from her window, and when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him.” Not everyone will understand or agreement with our decision to feel joy in a world that doesn’t seem to offer much to be joyful about. But that’s all more reason to jump, jive and wail. Our joy not only calls more joy into our life, but into the world. We can choose to be so grateful for our life, every detail of it, that our face shines like a sun and everyone who sees it feels happy and at peace.