Circumstantial Evidence

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Whatever the season, whatever the weather, wonderful things can be found anytime we’re looking for them. And, we are free to look for them anytime we choose. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Look for good things about where you are and in your state of appreciation you lift all self-imposed limitations, and all limitations are self-imposed, and you free yourself for the receiving of wonderful things.” If we want to know what wonderful things we’ve allowed into our life experiences so far, and what we’ve limited through our self-imposed resistance, all we need to do is ask our self one question, “Am I happy with my life right now?” Author Ruth Ahmed wrote, “There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees, as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again.” Every day is a chance for us to choose to peel, refresh, and start making our life one that we’re happy to have lived.

One of the beautiful lessons the seasonal changes of Nature can teach us is to enjoy Life as it comes with each sunrise and extends throughout each day because whatever comes in Life has come to pass, whether we enjoy it or not. American Tibetan Buddhist Nun, Pema Chodron, wrote: “The Navajo teach their children that every morning when the sun comes up, it’s a brand new sun. It’s born each morning, it lives for the duration of one day, and then it passes on never to return again. As soon as the children are old enough to understand, the adults take them out at dawn and they say, ‘The sun has only one day. You must live this day in a good way so that the sun won’t have wasted precious time.’ Acknowledging the preciousness of each day is a good way to live, a good way to reconnect with our basic joy.” Whether our day includes moments we never want to end, or moments we want to pass as quickly as possible, reconnecting with our basic Joy brings our Divine Energy into full play so that we feel more alive. It causes happiness to seem to pause and linger awhile in moments that feel good, and It causes us to remain uplifted as we move with peace and ease through unwanted moments.

We can choose to look for the good and praise it even if our personal life or the world tries to tell us that there is plenty of evidence that this world (and us in it) is going to hell in a hand basket. Or we can decide to focus solely on the often hellish appearance of things and react to circumstances as if they are here to stay, and worsen along the way. The legal term “circumstantial evidence” is derived from the appearance of circumstances. It is said to be proof of a fact, or set of facts, from which one could infer the fact in question, i.e., what has already happened as fact proves a current fact to be true. A Course of Love calls this “a thought system tied to beliefs of ‘if this, then that.’” For example, if a suspect is seen running away from a murder scene with a weapon in his(her) hand, based on those circumstances it’s evident that he(she) committed the murder. But we all know, if we watch detective or mystery series, not all circumstantial evidence turns out to point to the actual person who committed the crime!

Not everything that appears to be true is true. That is why in the Book of John we read that Jesus said, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” Righteous judgement is spiritual awareness that tells us that not everything that appears to be a true fact is stuck in that appearance. It is the awareness that Life flows invisibly and continuously without end and without conclusions. It’s the awareness that though Life is fluid and changeable in Its appearances, It is unchangeable as the Pure Positive Energy of Love that is behind and within everything that lives no matter what appears be.

It is the fluid nature of appearances in this physical environment that makes change and healing possible. For example, it appeared that a man disabled for 30 years would never walk again until Jesus, who knew of the Pure Positive Energy behind all appearances, told him to take up his bed and walk…and he did. And, when it appeared that his friend, Lazarus, had been dead for way too long to call him back, Jesus knew that Pure Positive Energy trumped circumstantial evidence, called to Lazarus to come forth, and he walked out of his own tomb wearing his burial clothes four days after he’d died! Today miracles happen in the same way, i.e., by knowing the ever Presence of the Pure Positive Fluid Energy behind appearances that allows them to change, the very Energy that is the Life of all that exists. Miracles can occur in the presence of anyone who isn’t distracted by circumstantial evidence, but is steadfastly focused on the high holy Truth of Life.

According to a thought system tied to beliefs of “if this, then that,” if we become ill or injured it will take “X” amount of time before we feel better again, or at least until we’re not contagious. According to “if this, then that,” if we have limited education, that will limit what we can do in life and the abundance we can experience. According to “if this, then that,” if we’ve been rejected by someone we love, or we’ve been humiliated in some way, that means there is something wrong with us or that we’re unworthy of love and happiness. According to “if this, then that,” if we’ve reached a certain age then that means we’re destined to experience this decline and that decline. “If this, then that” is the thought system that lives in the world. “I am God and there is none else” is the Truth that lives in us.

Miracles are meant to be lived by, just as the Truth is meant to be lived by, not because we want to fix something, but because we realize we are spiritual beings filled with healing energy and we can no longer think or live as other than who we are in Truth. We read in A Course in Miracles, “Miracles praise God through you. They praise Him by honoring His creations, affirming their perfection.” If we spend our precious energy reacting to the circumstantial evidence of this world, and this world is made up only of circumstantial evidence, we’re drawing conclusions about self, others and life that do not honor God’s creations. An acceptance of Life as Divine even in this physical environment and our willingness to receive a greater, broader perspective is essential to living the joyful, growth-filled physical experience we came here to live.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “Doubt is always about something that is positive. Put doubt in its proper place and doubt the doubts. Doubt the negative and put your trust in the positive.” Reasonable doubt is legal terminology referring to “insufficient evidence that prevents a judge or jury from convicting a defendant of a crime.” When we trust in the positive about our self and others, we have reasonable doubt about any negativity that appears in us or them. In Truth there is not enough circumstantial evidence in all the physical Universe to cause any of God’s creations to lose their innocence. We only see snapshots of each other along the path of this human experience, taken one moment at a time. Circumstances change, and in the meantime they are certainly not reliable. We can only see the whole picture by looking past appearances to the Pure Positive Energy behind all that lives. Unless we look at our self and others with a reasonable doubt of guilt, we won’t perceive the spiritual Truth that causes miracles.

In A Course of Love we read, “Your new thought system is not tied to beliefs of an ‘if this, then that’ nature. I am calling you to live by the truth and to never deny it, to see no circumstance as cause to abandon it.” The Truth that is true always never draws a conclusion because It is never bound by precedent, never limited by what has happened before. It is easy, when things appear to be wonderful in our life, for us to say (and truly mean it at the time) that God is all there Is. It is when things don’t appear to be wonderful in our life and in the world that we’re tempted to let appearances cause us to abandon our inner Truth and accept circumstantial evidence as all there is. But it is in the darkest times that if we let It, and don’t deny It or abandon It, that the Light of Truth within us shines even brighter in contrast to circumstances. Paramahansa Yogananda wrote, “If an individual rises above circumstances by the heroic courage that is in him, all conditions of life, however dark and threatening, will be like the blanket of mist that appears with the warm glance of the sun.”

Be Aware or Beware

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In recognition of the United Nations International Day of Peace September 21, this month we are focusing on Peace. It is a focus that is not intended to prepare us for an official Day of Peace, or solely to call our attention to the united call for peace around the world. Our focus is intended to call our attention to the call for peace within us, individually, so that we become aware of how a consistent moment-to-moment choice for Peace in our daily lives can affect the world. Paramahansa Yogananda wrote, “A harmonized mind produces harmony in this world of seeming discord.” Lasting World Peace, a Peace that is intended for everyone, begins within each of us. It can only come about worldwide one harmonized mind at a time. Each of us must open our own mind to a desire for lasting Peace within us and within our personal life us before a unified Peace in the world can be sustained. Peace in our mind and in our homes will produce Peace in our community, our country, and this world of seeming discord.

Peace experienced within us is our individual experience of the Presence of God within us That will, if we allow It to, guide us in all that we do in our daily life. If we let It, the Power and Wisdom of Peace will inspire our every thought, word and action. Choosing peaceful thoughts to focus on in our mind, even when other-than-peaceful thoughts come to mind, is powerful and wise. Choosing peaceful words with the intention of bringing peace to our conversations and to every situation, even when other words may seem justified to speak, is powerful and wise. And, choosing peaceful actions, when fear tells us injurious self-protective actions are more appropriate, is powerful and wise.

Every choice we make for Peace puts us in touch with the Pure Positive Energy that is the Source of Life within us and around us. It keeps us tuned into the vibration of Love that is always right there for us to vibe with, and Love always produces thoughts, words and actions of harmlessness, kindness and compassion. Every choice we make for Peace keeps us tapped into the Invisible Unified Peace that already exists within all Life and is always ready to emerge through us whenever we’re ready to allow It to. And, every choice we make for Peace keeps us turned on by the Divinity within us so that our passion isn’t stimulated by anger, revenge or righteousness, but is infused, instead, with the Power of Peace that can move mountains without making a sound.

Lao Tzu wrote “Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.” Life flows with forceful ease. When we flow as Life flows, we’re like a sparkling stream that flows around, over and above any obstacles. Life flows unopposed in Its Oneness even when we think in opposition to our Oneness with It. The flow of Life is creative everywhere It flows and It flows everywhere. There is no way to stop Its creative force from creating in us, even when we ignore It. Even when we’re not paying attention to what we’re thinking, because whatever we’re thinking feels so normal it doesn’t catch our attention, we’re still creating. Even when we seem to be vegetating, we’re still creating!

As long as there is a thought in our mind, whether we’re aware of that thought or it’s tippy-toeing through our unawareness, if it’s in our mind and we believe it’s true, our belief is giving that thought all the attention it needs to affect our personal life in some way. We can’t think about anything or anyone, or talk about anything or anyone, or point our finger at anything or anyone and not be affected by the internal energy our focus activates in us. As the saying goes, “When we point our finger outward, three more fingers are pointing back at us.”

Sadguru wrote, “If you don’t know how to use it, the mind will use you and consume you.” It is essential for us to become the Master our mind. It is vital to our well-being for us to be a deliberate thinker in our life—to choose positive, uplifted thoughts to focus on and to practice peaceful silence as well. In this way we create a positive vibrational environment within us that allows what we want to flow to us because we’re flowing as Life flows and we need no other force. It is only as we decide to become a deliberate thinker that we feel the freedom that creates a life we enjoy living. A good question to ask our self might be: “Have I taken the idea that all my thoughts are creative ‘as gospel’? Or do I need more time to give the concept more thought before I decide whether or not it’s true?”

We are what we think about, life is what we think it is isn’t a new concept. It has been an essential Truth of our existence from the moment we became aware we exist. In 900 BC, it was written in the Book of Proverbs, “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” In 500 BC Buddha said, “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Both creative concepts were spiritually available centuries before Jesus said “It is done unto you as you believe.” Nothing has changed since then about the power of our mind to create our life except perhaps what we create with it.
We are what we thinketh, even if we don’t thinketh that’s true! We become what we think every time we think and we think all the time. Another good question for self-reflection might be: “Who do I think I am?”

If we’re not aware of what we are thinking about our self and life, or how what we’re thinking is causing us to feel about our self and life, then we should beware because we might unintentionally “calleth” into our life experience something we don’t want. Our thoughts not only create when we want them to create, or what we want them to create on a part-time basis. They don’t reach the Ear of the Creator (so to speak) only when we take a moment to pray for healing in some area of our life, or when we take time to mentally articulate for the benefit of our responsive Universe something we want to experience in our life. What we put out through our belief system we get back, not just some of the time but all of the time. And, if we don’t believe that’s true, all we need to do is look at our life to see if we’ve been using our mind to create the life we want to live, or if we’ve become a servant of our own mind and it has been using us to create a life we don’t enjoy.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “When you are deliberately deciding that you want a thing and are giving your conscious deliberate thought to it, that is creation at its best. But when you are giving thought to that which you do not want, you are nevertheless creating it and that is creation by default.” When we say of some negative thing that shows up in our life: “I didn’t see that coming, I didn’t expect that to happen, that sure came out of the blue,” we’re simply saying we haven’t been paying attention to what we’ve been thinking so we’ve been creating by default.

If for whatever reason, we haven’t decided yet that it is essential for us to be aware moment-to-moment of the creative power of our mind and to take charge of our thoughts, it is important to remember that our not giving conscious deliberate thought to living a happy, healthy, loving, peaceful, abundant life…is still a choice. It’s a choice to live by default, a choice to live without power and let life be a crap shoot where we win or lose by luck or chance.

We read in The Science of Mind, “We cannot lead a choiceless life. Every day, every moment, every second there is a choice. If it were not so, we would not be individuals.” But individuals we are. We are spiritual individuals given the power to choose our thoughts, and to deliberately decide what we want to be, how we want to feel, and what we want to see in this world. If we’re not deliberately choosing our thoughts and focus, then we need to beware of what we might be creating by default.

 

Fake It Till You Make It

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Inner Peace is a quiet pageantry of the heart, an individual spiritual experience of the Presence of God in us that can have global consequences that will last for more than just one day. World Peace won’t appear in our world until it appears first within each of us. We can’t “be the hope of a new day dawning” until it dawns on us that it is up to us individually to be the Peace we want to see in the world. No matter what language we speak, no matter what faith or religion inspires our prayers for Peace, we can only give Peace a chance to flood our collective human awareness by choosing It for our self above all conflict that may arise in our personal life, in our country, and in the world. Only in this way can we make a difference in the world.

Eckhart Tolle wrote, “Anything you accept fully will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.” Our acceptance of whatever has occurred in our personal life or in the world takes us into peace because it ends our fighting against whatever we’ve been fighting against. Acceptance isn’t an act of weakness, it’s a powerful act of choice that removes our sense of separateness and division from others and allows Peace to flow more freely to us and through us. Surrender isn’t giving up, it is giving in to the Peace that is natural to us as a spiritual being even while we’re having this human experience. Peace within us allows us to perceive and appreciate that the purpose of contrast and diversity in the world isn’t to encourage conflict and opposition, but to give each of us opportunities to use our power of individual choice.

Ramana Majarshi wrote, “Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The Sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world. In other words, we have to get our own shine on before we can light up the world! Otherwise our peace candles are like candles in the wind. To get our shine on it’s necessary for us to make peace with our own past behaviors and the past behavior of others. And, it’s necessary for us to cease fighting against current situations in our life and the world—whether it is something personal like a condition in our body or the appearance of our body, or a conflict with a family member, neighbor, coworker, or whomever; or whether it is something more global like fighting against the political views or lifestyle choices of others. We may say “Yeah, but, if I don’t fight what’s wrong and unfair nothing will change. But nothing will change until we stop fighting against each other.

It is only as we individually choose Peace above all else that the quietness of Peace can enter our mind, and it is only from the inspiration of Inner Peace that any outer action can bring greater Peace to the world. When we achieve individual Peace of mind we will be able to stand together, and pray together, immersed in a Peace so powerful it will bring Peace on Earth at last.

Choosing Peace isn’t to be practiced only when it’s easy to choose, like when we’re out in nature or listening to relaxing music. It’s a choice to make when a conflict appears to justify another choice. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “Being happy when everything is going well is no achievement. When things go wrong, in the midst of adversity, if you can smile, then you have achieved something very valuable.” A choice for Peace, a choice for Joy, a choice to smile when things around us, or even within us, seem dark opens a portal in our mind for Light to come in. If we can smile in the midst of adversity, our smile can help to light up the world.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “It isn’t what you say, it’s how you feel when you say it. It isn’t what you do, it’s how you feel when you do it. It’s only how you feel.” Sometimes the phrase “fake it till you make it” is misinterpreted to mean “even if you don’t believe it or feel it, act like you do until you do so that others will think you do before you do.” But that’s not it at all. It’s not a call to be phony or artificial. It’s a call to be divinely authentic, and to feel what is spiritually real within us before we see it around us.

We read in The Science of Mind, “All the power of the universe is with you. Feel it, know it, and then act as thought it were true and it shall be.” That doesn’t mean for us to act like we’re happy when we’re not, but rather to feel the Source of happiness within us, to know It’s there, and let It be our happiness for no visible reason, so that our happiness brings about happier experiences in our life. The Law of Attraction isn’t fooled when we say things, and pray things, we don’t believe in because It only responds to the vibrational emissions energized by what we do believe. Rather than waiting for something or someone around us to cheer us, when we choose to uplift our self because feeling good feels so good we can’t wait to feel it, we bring our mind and emotions into vibrational awareness of the Presence of God in us, the Source of our Good, and our good flows unresisted to us.

Feeling authentic happiness before whatever we think will make us happy arrives in physical form lets happiness create for us. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Creation is about you creating within you the vibrational environment that will allow what you want to flow to you. If you want it and expect it, it will be yours very soon.” We all know how good it feels to expect something good. We feel relaxed and happy, and filled with positivity about everything! It’s easy to act as though it were already in physical form because we know it will be soon. We also know how powerless we feel when we say and pray what we don’t believe will come our way. Waiting to feel good until we see results causes a feeling of doubt within us that blocks our good and convinces us it was never going to happen anyway.

Being preemptively happy, expressing happiness ahead of time before our good arrives in person, isn’t always easy. Without physical proof around us that justifies our being as happy as we feel
often causes those around us to point out to us all the things in our life and the world that we shouldn’t be happy about. How dare we be happy when there is so much suffering in the world! But only happiness can end suffering. Fake it till you make it in its truest sense is a call for faith in the abundant, unlimited Universe in which we live, and the Love of God that is the Source of all Life everywhere, no matter how things may appear to be.

In the Book of Hebrews we read, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Happiness for no visible reason is an act of faith. It is our trust in the Invisible Presence of things hoped for. It is the evidence we feel within us of the reality of things not yet seen. If we feel it, and know it as an already vibrational reality within us, it shall be. It can’t help but be!

We read in The Science of Mind, “See the desire as already accomplished, and live in perfect confidence, peace and certainty, never looking for result, never wondering, never becoming anxious, never being hurried nor worried.” When we don’t need it to be all right around us before it is all right within us, every little thing will be alright. Trust is the happy feeling that everything will work out for us. It’s the happy feeling that all we will ever need is already within us and that it will become visible to us at the perfect time. Every moment we’re creating within us the vibrational environment that will allow what we want to flow to us, or keep it away.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.” How we approach life is how we experience of life. There can be nothing more to our life, nothing more we can experience, other than how we perceive life to be. Living in trust is feeling and knowing that this Universe of Love wants us to experience happiness just as much as we want to experience happiness. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The main event has never been the manifestation. The main event has always been the way you feel, moment by moment, because that’s what life is.” Feeling good because we choose to feel good brings about a life in which good thoughts come into our mind and good things show up around us as if by magic.

To those who live by physical sight alone, it may appear that we are either “cuckoo” or faking the happiness we feel when there seems to be no visible reason for our happiness. But to a Universe that responds to how we truly feel, we are creating the vibrational environment that will allow what we want to flow to us. Orson Welles wrote, “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”

Are You a Has-Been?

How can we achieve the bliss of peace every day, not just for one day, once a year, when we come together to pray for peace? How can we achieve a peace that allows us to live in harmony and unity with each other every day in this world we share? The lyrics of the song “Stand Together,” by Faith Rivera and Harold Payne, tell us: “We’re the ones who can make a difference. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for. Let’s stand together.” But we can only stand together for a peace that truly makes a difference every day, if we stand together in peace, which is to say, if we stand together with peace in our individual hearts. Ramana Majarshi wrote, “Peace is the inner nature of humankind. If you find It within yourself, you will then find it everywhere.”

Every day matters if we want to make a difference by being an individual inlet or conduit for Peace, so that Peace can appear on Earth through us and stay awhile as us. Peace appears as us every moment we allow our self to choose peace, to make peace, and to be peace. Just as Love isn’t an emotion but what we are, peace is not a condition, it is our unconditional inner nature. Peace isn’t dependent upon the absence of war or conflict because It is the Presence of God in us, and God has no opposition anytime, anywhere. God’s Peace never leaves us no matter how chaotic things may be around us. It doesn’t leave us no matter how un-peaceful our thoughts may be, or how upset we may be emotionally, or even when we act angrily. God’s Peace doesn’t require anything to change before It appears anywhere, anytime, except our willingness to allow It to appear in us.

In the Book of Isaiah we read, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken and my covenant of peace will not be broken.” But in order for us to feel the Presence of that Peace within us, we have to want to feel Its Presence within us. We have to be willing to let go of the argument we’re having in our mind, or the one we’re having with someone else. We have to be willing to let go of the argument we’re having with our past, and to stop singing our somebody done me wrong songs and telling our sad, sorrowful stories that seem to explain to our self and others why we are the way we are today.

So the question is, “Are you a has-been? Are you letting who you has been keep you from being all that you can be now?” Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You cannot focus upon stories that make you feel bad, and at the same time allow into your experience what makes you feel better. You have to begin to tell the story of your life as you now WANT it to be and discontinue the tales of how it has been.” We all have our stories of yesterday. Some of those stories are fun and make us and others happy, and sometimes laugh. Such stories can cause happiness to expand in us and allow us to be even happier today. But some of our stories of the past can bring us down when we think about them, and bring everyone around us down when we talk about them. Such stories may evoke compassion and understanding from others, and may seem to excuse us for not being more than we appear to be today, but they don’t feel good in the telling and they won’t bring about anything better.

Psychologically and therapeutically it’s often helpful for us to tell our story of the past to someone else, someone safe, so that when who we “has been” is out in the open and we’re not rejected after we’ve told it, we’re more able to let it go and start writing a new chapter in our life. It is the repetitive thinking about, and repetitive talking about, negative past stories that causes our current vibration to attract more negativity. But, even when we begin to notice a pattern of negative attraction, it is still hard to let those stories go because we’ve so identified with who we were that we don’t know who we would be without our stories. But if we’re ever going to find out who we can be, we have to start telling a new story about the life we want now.

Even a good story about our past, if it is all we think about and talk about, can keep us from telling a new story now. Retrospective thinking, rather than introspective thinking, can make it seem as if our best days are behind us. Giving the good ‘ol days more attention and conversation than our life today can keep us from experiencing life as we WANT it to be NOW. It’s like driving down a beautiful country road and looking in the rearview mirror the whole time at where we’ve been. We miss the beauty of what’s around us and what’s ahead for us. It’s good to remember the good ol’ days as good and to appreciate our past. But it is even more important to appreciate our life today so we can experience more and more of the wonder and magic of being alive in each lived moment.

Eckhart Tolle wrote, “The more you live in the Now, the more you will feel the simple deep joy of Being and the sacred character of life.” As we live each moment fully present right where we are, we’re more able to feel the simple deep joy of Being who we are now, rather than who we has been before. Then we naturally start telling a new story of our life—a story about the one who is worthy, the one in whom God is well-pleased, the one who lives an effortless life, the one for whom everything works together for good, the one who trusts life, the one who is so loved by the Universe that It conspires in every moment to bring about the good we desire, a story about the one who is loved, loving and lovable and attracts loving encounters and experiences every day. It is a story worth telling, that’s why we here. And only we can tell our story in the way it was created to be told. Mooji wrote, “You are the beloved of God, why should life be against you? The reality is you are one with the Supreme, in harmony with that which is. Trust the thing that brought you here that It will take care of you. Because your life is created out of love, this love must be set free.”

Overthinking, Under-Feeling

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Buddha said, “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” The mind is everything because without thoughts, our awareness of life would be like a blue, blue sky, filled with apparently nothing. Without an idea of our self in our mind, we couldn’t see the results of all we’ve thought so far, or think about what we may become in the future. Without images in our head, and without perceptions in our mind constructed by thoughts, we would be unable to see the world with our physical eyes because we look through eyes that are directed to see only what our mind tells us is there. As far as our mind can see, there’s nothing else in the world going on.

Our thoughts makeup the world we see. Without a thought of the world, we wouldn’t have a care in the world. Mooji wrote, “You need nothing to be happy, but you need something to be sad.”
Thoughts are invisible things in our mind that become visibly manifest as physical things in our life as we focus on them. Anything that is any thing to us—a house, car, tree, flower, our body, another body-all the behaviors we perceive as right or wrong, all the events we judge as good or bad—all of it has its origin in our personal collection of beliefs. William Shakespeare wrote, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

What we think about and what we believe is true activates a creative vibration within us that attracts to us a physical confirmation of our belief. Often we say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” but the truth is we must believe it first before it can materialize before eyes. We read in the Bible that Jesus (Jeshua) said “It is done unto you as you believe.” But he could just as easily have said, “You have to believe it to see it.” We may speak and act without thinking, but even when we do, our mind is chock full of beliefs we hold about our self and life that affect what we say and what we do.  As Mooji wrote, “The mind needs your energy and belief, otherwise it cannot become manifest.”

Nothing could appear to us in this physical environment without its non-physical vibrational counterpart within us, i.e., the thoughts in our mind. As powerful spiritual-vibrational beings we create our experience of the world we see, and it is only because we do that we can change our experience of life by changing our thinking. But often our thoughts are so habitual we don’t pay attention to them, much less seek to change them. We could say we think without thinking, without giving a second thought to our thoughts. We let our mind run on automatic pilot. We don’t stop to notice what we’re thinking or why we’re thinking it. Because our thoughts feel so natural to us, we’ve not only stopped wondering if they matter, we’ve stopped wondering if they are true.

It is essential that we take our journey in life off of automatic pilot so that we can take control of our mind. We become its Master by paying attention to the thoughts we’re thinking in the moment we’re thinking them, and by noticing how those thoughts are causing us to feel in that moment. What is good for us feels good within us. What doesn’t feel good within us isn’t good for us. It really is as simple as that. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “This is the secret of happiness that you have been looking for: If you are moving in the direction of your identified desires, you’re happy in this moment. If you’re moving in opposition to your identified desires, you are unhappy in this moment.”

When our thinking becomes a habit, our thoughts bounce around without a sound in our mind, so it is often hard to grab one to find out what it’s up to and what it’s creating. That is why it is all the more important for us to pay attention to the mood and attitude our thoughts are creating. Our feelings set the mood in our life in the same way music sets the mood in a movie. If we hear “du-du, du-du” we’re pretty sure a shark is on its way. If we hear dark, eerie music we know something scary is about to happen. And, if we hear happy music and romantic music we know we’re watching a Hallmark movie and it’s going to have happy ending!

We all experience a bad mood once in awhile, but it’s important not to put it in drivers seat by focusing on the thoughts a bad mood inspires, like “that just makes me so mad, and that just makes me so sad…”. Nothing good can come from speaking and acting from within the heavy, foggy atmosphere a bad mood creates. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The Law of Attraction is most understood when you see yourself as a magnet getting more and more of the way you FEEL.”

It is important for us to tend to our mental-emotional trend, which is to say, it is important for us to tend to the direction of our mood and attitude and notice if we’re feeling “up” or “down.” As the theme song from the movie, Mahogany, asks: “Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?” Whether our desire is for greater health, happier relationships, more financial ease, or more time to do what we want to do even if what we want to do is rest, if we want get there from here, we need to feel our way through.

Our thoughts create our mood and attitude. Our mood and attitude causes us to feel the way we do about our self and life and creates an atmosphere in our mind throughout which we perceive life. Every day, and every moment throughout the day, we are either a good mood or a bad mood waiting to express our self, and the Law of Attraction will bring us every opportunity to do just that. If our mood and attitude is happy and peaceful, if we’re loving life and most everyone around us, the atmosphere of our mind will be light and breezy. When it is, we think with clarity, speak with gentle certainty, and we act with compassion and kindness.

To feel our way through life isn’t about being emotional, or by being super-sensitive to the pain and suffering of the world. Emotionalism reveals our own entrapment in the world of appearances, and that’s not helpful to anyone! We feel our way through life by attuning our self to our Divine Inner Being, and paying attention to what feels good when we think it, say it, and do it because what we’re feeling is our Inner Being communicating with us. When we regret our words or actions it is because we weren’t paying attention to our Inner Guidance when we spoke or acted. We can only navigate our life as a Divine Being having a human experience by feeling for our Inner Guidance and then following It.

When we align with our Inner Divine, we’re tuned into a Universal Power that knows exactly what we want and how get it for us. But so often even when we feel directed by what feels right for us, we talk our self out of those directions by overthinking them. We weigh the pros and cons in our mind, we listen to the opposing opinions of this person and that person, until we’ve convinced our self we shouldn’t follow our own heart. We resist the good we’ve asked for when we focus on thoughts that disagree with what we want and give those disagreeable thoughts power keep us from experiencing our good.

Mari Perron wrote in Marari: The Way of the Marys: “What would it be like to create as the God Heart as well as the God Head? What new wonders would come to be if we were to create with the thought of Love rather than the love of thought?” Thoughts inspired by Love bring peace. Thoughts inspired by our heart feel good and bring happiness and a sense of well-being. Thoughts of Love cause a healing vibration within us that extends to those around us. According to the Ancient Mayan Calendar and to Mayan Elders) “We are moving from the age of living in the intellect to 5000 years of living in the heart. Now is of the utmost importance for us to transcend the imprints of duality upon our emotional bodies.” The hearts knows only unity. The heart knows only Oneness. The heart knows only Love.

Love isn’t an emotion. Love is what we are. Love is our spiritual-vibrational Truth. Love is present within us, beating our heart, in every moment wherever we are. No matter what may be going on, Love is there for us. To tune into that Love is to know true Self. To feel that Love is to feel vibrationally up where we belong, uplifted rather than emotional. It is only from an uplifted State of Being that we can help each other to rise. Mooji wrote, “You have tried it the hard way, now try it the heart’s way, the effortless way, for a while. Everything is magical when you see it with your heart.”

 

What Do You Mean?

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Our mind, with its limitless imagination, is a powerful thing. All that we express as our self today, and all that we experience of life, is the result of what we have thought so far. And, all that we desire to become tomorrow, all that we can imagine for our life, will be determined by what we choose think right now.

What makes our mind so powerful? It is powered by our spiritual-vibrational Inner Self. Within us is the Power of God. Within us is the Power of Love. Even now, in this human environment, we exist in that Power, and It exists in us. We have power over our mind because we are the power that controls our mind, whether we choose to consciously take control or not. The master spiritual teacher, Mooji, wrote: “No thought has any power. You have power, and when you identify and believe in a thought, you give power to that thought.”

As spiritual-vibrational beings, as we think about our human environment, in positive or negative ways, we empower the thoughts we focus on. It is our attention to certain thoughts that causes them to come alive in us, and it is this aliveness that causes those thoughts to bounce around in our mind and have power to express in our life. That is why it’s important for us to give power only to thoughts we want to see express materially.

As we all know, all sorts of thoughts cross our mind in the course of a day. Some may seem so bizarre and off the wall to us that we don’t give them the time of day. And, when we don’t, they float away like clouds that drift past in a clear blue sky. It is only the thoughts we allow to stay that affect our life. Whether those thoughts are like beautiful, billowy clouds we enjoy focusing on, or more like storm clouds that seem to be telling us something big and unwanted is on the way, whether those thoughts are positive or negative, it is our focus and attention to them, and our belief in them, that causes them to emit a vibration that attracts certain experiences into our life

Mooji wrote, “The mind needs your energy and belief. Otherwise it cannot become manifest any more than a lightbulb can glow without electricity.” We are first, foremost, and eternally powerful spiritual-vibrational beings sourced by the Power of God, and nothing can change that. We can ignore it, or deny it, but we can’t stop the thoughts we give our energy and belief to from manifesting in our life. Nothing in this world has any meaning at all but the meaning we give it. Nothing is anything, as far as we can see, outside of the way it looks to us. We look through eyes that are directed to see what our mind tells them is there.

We read in The Science of Mind, “There is One Limitless Life which returns to the thinker what he thinks into It. We think into and upon It because there is no other place we could think since It is everywhere, all the time…and like a mirror It reflects back to us what we think into it.” What we experience as our life is not created by the world that appears around us. What we see as the world that appears around us is created by the non-physical, vibrational environment of our mind, whether that environment is calling for sunshine or a storm.

Even as we live here on Earth in this three-dimensional world that appears full of separate humans, images, forms, and things, we exist in a Universe that is undivided, and everywhere, all the time. The Universe is first, foremost, and eternally Spiritual and Vibrational, and sourced by the Power of God, and nothing can change that either. Because It is everywhere, It is right where we are, whether we’re home alone, “thinking, thinking, thinking” or we’re “thinking, thinking, thinking” in a crowd, and It knows by our thought emissions who and what to bring into our life.

We can’t change our relationship with God, and we can’t get away from the Power of the Universe to respond to us. But we can fail to work in positive ways with It, and choose instead to live as if It’s not listening to us at all. And, if we do, we’ll limit our experiences of joy, peace, health, and well-being. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “It is natural for you to anticipate happy outcomes. And it is natural for you to love and natural for you to sing. It is natural for you to skip and natural for you to be joyful. It is natural for you to know Well-Being. The more joyful you are, the more Well-Being flows to you, and you get to choose the details of how it flows.” An important question we might want to ask our self is: “Does all of that ‘happiness and well-being’ seem natural to me or have I become so acclimated to the unhappy outcomes of this world, that the idea of my loving, singing, skipping, being joyful, and knowing my well-being seems almost supernatural?”

We are free choose to live as if we are on our own, powerless over our life, vulnerable to a world outside of us that doesn’t have our best interests in mind. But, still, we’ll be thinking those fearful, limited thoughts into a Universe that is feeling our energy, and It will naturally reflect our vibrational attitude right back to us. We can’t stop the Universe from responding to the thoughts we think into It. All we can do is allow our self to choose, or keep our self from choosing, the details of how It flows in our life. All that we perceive as our life, and the life around us, begins within us and the meaning we give to being alive as our self in the world.

British novelist and poet, Penelope Mary Fitzgerald, wrote: “No two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is, in other words, not a thing, but a think.” Because the thoughts we focus on and believe in are chosen by us, it follows that no one else sees life in exactly the same way as we do. We want others to feel our love, and our pain, in exactly the way we’re feeling it. We want to be understood. But we can’t make anyone else feel anything exactly as we do, even when they try to feel exactly what we’re feeling. In the same way, often we want someone else to tell us what to think, but not one of us will take the same information and interpret it in exactly same way. There are as many interpretations of the Bible, Koran, Torah, and every other holy scripture ever written, as there are people to interpret them, and everyone believes their own interpretation is exactly what those texts intended.

No one can make us think as they do, even when we try to think exactly as they do. That doesn’t mean we’re divided and separate, or that any interpretation is wrong. It means we are all individual thinkers given the gift of expressing life in our own unique way. Neale Donald Walsch wrote, “Quantum physics tells us that nothing that is observed is unaffected by the observer. That statement from science holds an enormous and powerful insight. It means that everyone sees a different truth because everyone is creating what they see.” No matter what we are thinking about, no matter what we’re looking at, all that we experience of life, from here to there, is a story we’re telling our self. It’s an epic tale, an ongoing tale, that can only be told by us. That’s why it is important for us to remind our self that we hear others through the filters of our own story. We hear through ears that are directed to hear what our mind tells them is being said.

Our interpretations of the words and behaviors of others begins within us. Even when we say, “I see what you mean,” we’re not really seeing what someone else means by their word. We’re seeing the meaning we’re giving to their words. Just as when we ask someone, “What do you mean?,” though it may be a question filled with innocence and curiosity, often when we ask that question, there is already an energy within us of presumed understanding behind the question. We ask it in an accusatory tone because we already think we know what someone means, we’re just looking for confirmation of our assumption. Understanding and misunderstanding come from the foundation of belief we are standing on. It is what we believe about our self and life that causes us to interpret the motives and intentions of others the way we do.

We can only know for sure what we mean by our words and actions. And, since we give everything else we see and hear the only meaning it has for us, it is how we think we are being seen by others, and what we would mean by the words if we’d said them, that causes our interpretation of what we see and hear from others to be what it is. True understanding is inner-standing. It is a foundational stand based on the belief that all life is intrinsically good because God is Good and God is all there is within everything. Inner-standing gives us the desire see and hear only that which is good, beautiful and well-intended. It allows us to give everyone, in every situation, the benefit of doubt, i.e., when we have a choice take something one way or the other, we choose to take a stand within us for peace, compassion and love. The Bible tells us that is when we’re “standing on the promises of God.” In the Book of 2 Corinthians we read, “Christ says ‘Yes’ to all God’s promises and causes us to say ‘Amen’ to the glory of God.”

If we desire to live our life for the glory of God, for the glory of Love, then we’ll seek to see that glory in everyone else. We’ll understand that within the physical, everyone is innately spiritual and, therefore, naturally kind even when they seem to us to say words that are unkind. When we are willing to say “Amen” within, Love will interpret the meaning underneath every word and event in our life.