Can You Keep a Secret?

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In The Way of the Heart we read, “For all events are perfectly neutral, and you are free to see them any way you want.” Certain events that we see as either happy or sad can make certain dates on the calendar mean more to us than other dates. But, significant years, significant months, significant days, and even significant moments only contain the meaning we give to them.

In the old Disney movie, “Song of the South,” Uncle Remus sang the song, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” Since we are free to see today any way we want, we could decide, along with Uncle Remus, that today is a “zip-a-dee-doo-dah day.” According to Uncle Remus “a zip-a-dee-doo-dah day” is the kind of day when you can’t open your mouth without a song jumping right out of it.” In other words, a zip-a-dee-doo-dah day is the kind of day in which we feel so much joy and appreciation just being alive in it that we can’t keep quiet about it.

Now if we’re out in public on a zip-a-dee-doo-dah day, we might prefer not to open our mouth and let a song jump right out of it. But, even if we don’t sing out loud, our uplifted vibration is still felt wherever we are, especially by the Law of Attraction. When we’re happy, we invisibly emit happy vibrations that others can feel. Such vibrations attract those who want to join with us in happiness, probably not by opening their mouth and letting a song jump right out of it, but by smiling, offering a kind word or helpful gesture, and through shared laughter.

Today’s talk title is “Can You Keep a Secret?” The short answer is “No.” None of us can. We are first and foremost spiritual-vibrational beings, and even in our human form we’re constantly communicating with all of Life. We can’t help it, or stop it, because it’s just the way we roll as a living being. In the Book of Luke we read, “For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” Our thoughts may be invisible to the physical eye, but they are alive with vibrations that can be felt, by us and everyone else. We all know that we feel the energy of others, and either like the energy we feel or not.

We don’t have to say what we’re thinking out loud in order for others around us to feel what we’re thinking—even if we believe that what we’re thinking is secret. We can’t hide a good mood because it’s vibrationally contagious and most people around us want to catch the tune. But because the Law of Attraction, i.e., that perfect Law that governs the Universe and our life in It, doesn’t miss a beat, and because It is always flawlessly matching the vibrations we’re emitting with people and situations that are like it, we can’t hide a bad mood either!

Nothing is secret vibrationally. What we’re thinking and how we’re feeling will be revealed in our life in some way the instant we’re thinking and feeling whatever it is. It may occur as a contraction in our chest, or an emotion somewhere else in our body. But that emotion isn’t hidden. We’re feeling it because it’s emitting energy, and that energy is known to the Law of Attraction, and it will come to light physically in some way, sooner or later, unless we get off it.

Ever been proud of yourself for holding your tongue (so to speak) when someone was saying something you had a strong opposing opinion about? None of us wants a confrontation. It’s upsetting, and it’s useless. When we don’t voice our opinion or judgment, we usually avoid an argument or confrontation. But when what we’re thinking is alive with emotion, then how we’re feeling isn’t going to feel good; and nothing good can come from that feeling. Even if we’re not saying what we think about whatever is going on, our vibration is still affecting the situation because we’re affected by our emotion.

There’s strong vibration in unspoken opinions, and that vibration not only negatively affects the already disharmonious situation we’re in, but it’s going to go with us when we leave the situation if we don’t do something to change it within us. Unless we change our mind and choose a better feeling thought to focus on, that negative vibration will continue to be active in us and attract, in some form or expression, other situations that will match it.

No matter what the situation, if we don’t want more of the same, it’s up to us to intentionally choose a lighter thought, a thought that feels better to us, and focus on it. But we’ve got to be willing let go of our opinion. Otherwise we can’t get to a better feeling from where we are. If we keeping running what happened over and over in our mind and justifying our position, we’ll keep that negative vibration alive. We may want to keep our opinions active, but keep them to our self; and we may think we can. But we are walking, talking vibration machines and we’re transmitting all the time.

Like it or not, an opinion is a vibration that others can feel, and whether we want to or not we’ll attract people who choose to catch that tune and join in judging the situation along with us. That joining isn’t good for us, isn’t good for them, and it isn’t good for the world. We can’t effectively contribute to Peace on Earth unless we are being peace on earth. It’s just as easy to attract those who will celebrate our positivity as it is to attract those who will commiserate with our negativity.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You feel what you feel and you get what you get.” And, though we talk about this very thing a lot at LEC on Sundays, it’s easy to ignore in our day-to-day life and even easier to forget about altogether. We have to want to feel good and intentionally choose thoughts that cause us to feel good if we want to have a zip-a-de-do-dah day that unfolds and expands into happily-ever-after moment to moment. Without intention most of our thoughts are so habitual that they fly under the radar of our awareness. We could say that we think without thinking, without giving a second thought to our thoughts. We let our mind automatically transmit whatever and attract whatever.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj wrote, “To know that you are a prisoner of your mind is the dawn of wisdom.” Our thoughts make up the world we see, and we are free to see the world any way we want. Without a negative thought or opinion about our self and the world, we wouldn’t have a care in the world. Every moment we get to choose whether our opinion of whatever or whoever is more important than uplifting our self and the moment with feelings of Love, Joy and Peace. There is a beautiful song titled, “It is No Secret What God can Do.” We were created to reveal what God can do. But it is the one secret that our opinions and judgments can keep us from revealing.

In The Way of the Heart we read, “Be, therefore, where you are now, and deliberately decide—deliberately decide—to accept wholly that what you are experiencing in this very moment has no cause whatsoever, except your choice to experience it.” Every day can be a zip-a-dee-doo-dah day if we are ready to reveal what Love can do through us. We get to decide if Mr. Bluebird’s on our shoulder singing a happy tune or pooping on it! Every moment of everyday will let us know what we’ve decided because nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.

Rise Up!

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Easter means different things to different people. For some, especially children, it’s all about chocolate bunnies and baby chicks, and colorful hard-boiled eggs. For some, it’s about buds on trees and sprouting things like hyacinth, daffodils and tulips that shoot forth from the soil with such force and vitality, it’s as if they’re on a mission. It’s a gentle, yet powerful, time of year. And, for millions of Christians around world Easter is all about the resurrection of Christ Jesus.

Easter began as a pagan celebration of spring and honored the goddess of dawn, Ēostre. If we look at nature in spring, it’s easy to see that Life is all about rebirth and renewal. A Universe of Life makes no provision for death, only for eternal expressions of more and more new Life through rebirth and transformation. We see new life in places that only a few weeks before appeared to be dead. That’s why Easter is the perfect time for the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, who only appeared to be dead. We can only imagine that he arose with such an awareness of Christ alive in him that the Christ Light shined so bright his physical form could no long be seen in brightness of that Light.

We are all, even now, even in our human form in this human environment, one with a Universe of Life—born of It and alive in It now and forever. The Universal Pure Positive Energy of Love permeates all that is everywhere, including our self right here. It’s the Joy of living in that awareness that we came to experience when we came into this world. In fact, it’s only our awareness of the Joy within us that allows us to enjoy living in this human environment of so much contrast and diversity of this and that.

How do we live in Joy in a world that appears to have so much sorrow? How do we become aware of the new in a world that tells us some things can’t be changed? In the Book of Romans we read, “Do not imitate the way of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may discern what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” That Divine Will lives in us—the desire of Love, the desire of Joy, the desire of Peace, and the desire to express It. It’s in every one of us!

In her song, “Rise Up,” Faith Rivera sings, “Spirit rise up, rise in me.” But if we’re already a Spiritual Being, alive in a Spiritual Universe out of which all form, expression and newness comes forth (including our human form), and if we’re already one with the non-physical vibration of the Pure Positive Energy of Love that created us and creates for us even now, who is the “me” in which Spirit can “rise up”?

In The Science of Mind we read, “In reality, the body is a spiritual idea. The flesh simply covers it for the purpose of providing a physical instrument through which Spirit (Spirit as us) may function on this plane,” the plane of Spiritual creations that we can see, taste, touch, smell, and hear. In other words, we’re not a human being striving to be Spiritual, we’re a spiritual being having an experience of our Self that requires a sense of humanness. It would be hard to say “this is me” in the world if we didn’t have flesh to cover our Spirit! That’s why came. We came to say “This is me, Love’s expression in a unique form on Earth.”

We could say the “me” in which Spirit can rise up is our ego, i.e., our personality that’s focused here and now. There’s nothing wrong with the ego. It’s how we use it that often gets us in trouble. The ego’s focus is important to our individual self-awareness as we use the power of choice to uniquely express our Self. How can we create a life of Joy (which is why we’re here) if we don’t know what we enjoy doing, and then choose to do that?

Without our awareness that what we’re doing, and how we’re feeling about what we’re doing, is our choice, we would have no conscious self-direction, and we might feel like a victim of circumstances rather than a Master Creator. It’s good to be the “me” that cares about what we want and expects to receive it because we’re aware that we are one with the Giver. Some think it’s egotistical and selfish to focus only on what we want, and look in that direction with expectation, when so many are living unwanted lives. But the “me” that is the body we see is a spiritual idea created to express the power of choice with every thought.

The confusion is that our ego lives in a fleshy cover in a world of duality, and it can go both ways (but not at the same time) as we express our self because that’s what the world is all about. The “me” in which Spirit can rise up can feel good or bad, happy or sad, sick or well, love or judgment. However, when we’re focused on the outer world as the only reality while we’re here, we often think we know what’s right and wrong not only for our self, but for everyone else. We So, we decide to make things right by demanding that others change and do what we believe is right so we can be happy.

The “me” that is focused solely on the world doesn’t mind its own business, and even though it doesn’t feel good to that me to limit its focus to the world, it’s convinced it is a duty to get all the worldly ducks in a row and lead the parade. That’s way Abraham-Hicks tells us, “All is well. You did not come here to fix a broken world. The world is not broken. You came here to live a wonderful life.”

Since our true Nature remains Spiritual, when we lose our awareness of the Pure Positive Energy of Spirit within us, we don’t feel the Well-being of our true Self. When we spend our time focusing on the worldly end of the stick of duality, our mind imitates the way of the world. We fight against what we don’t like, and because our focus is a powerful vibration that calls Spirit into physical form, we perpetuate unwanted in our life and in the world. We can’t live a wonderful life without focusing on the Joy of our Spirit that transforms our mind with new awareness and a new way of seeing life.

We read in The Way of Transformation, “Spirituality is merely a process of seeing things differently, and that is an active decision born of desire, coupled with the little willingness called allowance, to recognize that each moment is like a jewel presented on a golden plate to you, God’s child. You are the one who has the freedom always and literally creates or makes your experience.” How do we allow upward movement in our awareness? How do we allow the high vibration of Well-being, which is always within us, to rise up and present us with the jewel of Being?

Faith Rivera’s song tells us that “Love calls us by name” back to our true Self. But we have to be willing to pay attention to the call. We feel the feeling that calls us by focusing on good feeling thoughts. When we’re feeling good, the “me” in which Spirit can rise, can meaningfully say these words from the song: “I close my eyes. I open my heart. I take a deep breath, let the healing start. I lift my hands. I plant my feet, I let love in. I feel the beat that′s calling, calling, calling us to Rise Up.”

When we allow Spirit to rise up in the me that is living humanly, more of who we are spiritually comes in our awareness and flows to us in form and expression. In other words, we live a wonderful life! That’s not selfish. It’s spiritual! It’s powerful! That’s why we came! But if we see the “me we appear to be” as separate from our spirituality, and if we talk about that me to everybody else until it feels as if that’s all there is to us, we feel unworthy to identity our self as God’s child, and we prevent the good that belongs to us, naturally, from rising up and expressing as us in our humanness.

When we’re not feeling healthy in our body, we plant a seed of desire for health. None of us wants to stay sick even if it gets us sympathy or attention. When we’re not experiencing harmony in a relationship, we plant a seed of desire for more Love. Not one of us likes the feeling of disharmony even when we think we’re right! It’s our Nature to feel Love and Well-Being. But if we don’t allow our self to experience what we’ve asked for, it’s like we harden the surface of our awareness with resistance so that new life and new experience can’t come through the soil.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “All you want is alive and well and waiting for you, and the entire Universe is working to bring you into alignment.” We’re here as you and me to reveal and experience more of the abundant Good that is unlimited within all of us. With a little bit of willingness called allowance, it’ll be presented to us like a jewel on a golden plate. We’re here to live this outer experience from the inside out. And, we can’t do that unless we align the outer me with the Inner Being that created it and is already part of the Universe of Love.

We don’t have to wait until the day we leave our cover of flesh to experience the Infinite Plan of renewal and eternal expansion that we’re forever a part of. It will rise up in us naturally every moment, if we allow Its Vibration to rise in that moment. We feel the vibration of whatever we’re focused on. The “me” in which Spirit can rise up is focused within on the Joy of the wanted.

We transform the world by transforming the me we see as our self in each moment into a greater awareness of who we truly are. Easter can be a sacred time in which we all rise up above the limitations of world together and live in Harmony and Peace. Faith Rivera sings, “I ready my soul. I clear my mind. I’m here and now in present time. I feel the power of a thousand suns lighting up the dark. Oh we rise as one.” We are the beautiful, powerful off-spring of One Life. We are One Spirit expressing as you and me. We are all One with the Pure Positive Energy of Love that gives to us as we ask always.

Been There, Done That

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Our decision to have a human experience, our choices to be happy, and our decisions to express love and peace are well-known and appreciated throughout the entire non-physical realms of Pure Positive Source Energy. The Environment of Love and Joy in which all our Inner Beings exist every moment is a shared Energy with the non-physical spiritual-vibrational Source of all Life.

Non-physical Source Energy, Spirit, God lives in us as us even when we don’t feel It. It knows us and loves us because It created us. It flows Life to us even while we here in this physical environment. It’s the Holy Energy from which all that is good, beautiful, holy, and fun comes forth. It knows where we are and what we’re up to because our Inner Being is full of It…and nothing else. It’s there for us, and creating for us as we ask, every moment.

We’re not doing this human experience alone because we can’t do it alone. We can’t do anything without the Source Energy of our Inner Being that gives us the ability to be, do, have, and experience Life. The Love that is focused on us specifically is our Inner Being, our individualized vibrational Self. It’s present wherever we are because there can’t be an outer us without an Inner Us.

Feeling our oneness with our natural non-physical, Spiritual Counterpart is possible for us every moment, no matter where we are physically and no matter what’s going on, because who we are Within is right there too. We’re inseparable! When we’re in sync with our Inner Being, when we’re feeling good, when we’re feeling happy, when we’re feeling love for our self and others, we’re feeling the Nature of our true Self. It’s the happy Energy we think of as who we truly are.

The way we feel in any present moment, good or not so good, is the way we’re allowing the Energy of our Inner Being—the one that parties with Abraham and the whole Universe of Love always—and the energy our humanness to blend or not. In any moment we’re either like a Joyous Energetic Harmonized Emulsion, or we’re like oil in water that isn’t blended at all. If we’re happily blending, we feel good, and when we’re not, we don’t. Our emotions are indicators of our Inner-outer blending. Even though we’re always extensions of Love and can never be separated from our Inner Being, we can pinch off our awareness of It with resistance and feel separate from It.

When we’re not feeling our natural well being, sometimes we believe we need to go somewhere else in the world to experience our true Self, if only for a weekend or a 10-day cruise. But what about all those other days of our life and the moments within those days? Our point attraction doesn’t take a vacation. It’s active wherever we are. Every moment we’re still attracting either wanted or unwanted experiences to us. We can attract good experiences without leaving the house and unwanted experiences even in the most beautiful places on the planet.

That said, taking a cruise with Abraham and Ester was an excellent adventure. There was so much beauty to easily appreciate—the blue-blue ocean, the starry-starry nights, and the warm, moist air both day and night. It felt easy to allow the Good Energy that is always flowing to us to flow into whatever we were doing. It seemed like everyone aboard ship, whether they were attending the Abraham workshops or not, were high on life. There were so many happy, loving individuals on the cruise, and such a high expectation of having fun, that it was easy to be certain that Joy is the Key to creating a life we enjoy living.

Now you may be thinking that getting away from the everyday and going somewhere else makes it easier to experience new awareness, and that can be true…or not. But that’s why some of us have a “bucket list” and believe that going to certain places and seeing certain things will give us a sense of being more alive and enjoying life that our everyday life doesn’t seem to give us.

But when we look to a world that seems outside of us to do something for us that we’re not doing for our self within us, or when we look to someone other than our self to give us what we need for happiness, we’re not blending with our Inner Being and the Unlimited Source of Goodness that always says YES to us. We’re watering down the happiness we could feel and the fun we could have by blending with the Unlimited Goodness Within.

The underlying excitement of taking a vacation from the same-o same-o version of our self can sometimes cause us to feel temporarily happy. But as we know, everywhere we go, no matter where we go—whether it’s to the market around the corner or to the Caribbean—we take our self with us. We take our bag of marbles (as Ester calls it) that contains every thought we’ve ever thought. It’s our focus on wanted or unwanted that activates certain marbles.

If we’re not having fun yet in our life because we perceive the life we’re living most of the time as “un-fun,” then un-fun marbles are active in the bag we’re taking with us. If we’re not excited about being our self in the every day moments of our life, and if we don’t practice the high vibration of positive expectation of something good right where we are, wherever we are in the present moment, we’re not going to enjoy taking that version of our self on vacation!

We didn’t come into this physical world with a travel brochure. We came with the intention to expand our true nature of Love through our experiences everywhere we are and every place we go. We’ve all heard the expression “You can’t step into the same river twice” because a river is always moving forward. And, so is Life. If our daily life seems like it’s going nowhere, we’re not feeling our oneness with the forward flow of our existence. Instead we’re bringing the same thoughts and opinions we had a moment ago, or years and years ago, into the fresh moment we’ve stepped into. When we do, we pinch our self off from seeing the present moment with new eyes.

We have to be willing to stop comparing yesterday’s experiences, no matter what they were, with today’s possibilities. Richie Norton wrote, “Every sunset is an opportunity to reset. Every sunrise begins with new eyes.” We won’t experience a new way of being our self in the world just by going to a different place in the world. The only adventure that will allow us to look at our self and the world with new eyes is the one we take within our self that joins us with our Inner Being in a new awareness of our True Nature.

CS Lewis wrote, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” Life is as good, through us and for us, as we allow It to be in the moment. And yet no matter how much we allow, there is more goodness for us to experience in the next moment. At one of the workshops Abraham was telling us about a trip Ester took with her daughter and granddaughter that included a visit to Bouchard Gardens on Vancouver Island where there is an amazing one-of-a-kind fireworks display every night.

The fireworks aren’t shot up in the sky. They are at eye level and the experience is an amazing one. The fireworks sparkle, move and dance in brilliant colors and extraordinary shapes right in front of you. It is truly an awesome visual. When the fireworks display ended, Ester turned to her granddaughter and said, “Wasn’t that the best fireworks you’ve ever seen?” And her granddaughter, who was just about five-years-old, said “So far.”

Children know there’s so much more fun ahead for them that even if they’ve been somewhere and done something that was super fun, they know that’s not all there is. They know it’s not all downhill from there. Children can ride a roller coaster or play the same game over and over again, like looking at you from the airplane seat just ahead you and playing peek-a-boo, again and again, as if it were the first time. Children never get bored when they’re having fun, and we wouldn’t get bored with our daily life, and need to get away from it to have fun, if we allowed our self to enjoy the moments of our life everyday.

No matter what we’ve checked off on our bucket list, the best is yet to come here and Hereafter because our journey is an eternal one. Wherever we’ve been, whatever we’ve done, the “better and better” comes into our experience by reminding our self that no matter how good it’s been, it’s only been as good as we’ve allowed it to be so far. We don’t need to come home from vacation and live a life that’s dull, while we focus on making plans to get away from it again.

Every moment is new, and we are too. Nothing stays the same in this world…especially us! Every day we can become more aware that’s true and allow new ideas and new adventures to enter our awareness. When we’re open to new ways of being our self in the world we’re living from the inside out, blended with our Inner Being. If we let each moment to be as good as it can be, without fighting against it or trying to hold on to it, and if we trust in the Good that has gotten us to that moment in our life, then we’ll be in love with Life and our self in It.

Every moment is filled with unlimited opportunities for being our extraordinary creative vibrational Self in the world. We’re created to grow and expand with the Universe forever. We’re part of that expansion. The adventure of a lifetime isn’t found in the world, it’s found within us. It’s the never-ending adventure of Love. If we’re tuned in Within to the underlying feeling of excitement of being our self right now, the next moment will burst forth as the dawning of something extraordinary for us that up until now we haven’t experienced in all the world before.

Fervent Faith and Four-leaf Clovers

Rev. Kim Yalda

Reverend Kim Yalda is Minister of Education at The Life Enrichment Center. She began her professional life as a public-school teacher and administrator for 16 years, in the desert of Southern California. She also taught for 20 years at Chapman University in the teacher credential program as well as supervising student teachers entering the field. Rev. Kim holds Masters degrees in School Administration and in Educational Technology.

Being a spiritual seeker for many years, she attended her first Science of Mind church in 1986 and immediately found a deep connection to this beautiful and powerful teaching.

Spirit led Rev. Kim to Monterey, California, in 2000, where she pursued her passion for the Healing Arts and formally studied and earned credentials as a Holistic Aromatherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Ayurveda Practitioner, and Pre-Cognition/ Re-Education Facilitator. She also followed her calling to a deeper consciousness and attended Emerson Theological Institute, where she earned a Doctorate of Spiritual Studies, Practitioner License, Interfaith Ministerial license and Religious Science Ministerial license. She was ordained in 2010.

While in Monterey, Rev. Kim served for over ten years as Executive Director and Conference Coordinator for Affiliated New Thought Network, was Staff Minister at the Center for Spiritual Awakening in Pacific Grove (CSA), and created a thriving Integrative Healing Arts practice with amazing clients. Kim maintains her beloved connections there by making annual trips to serve her clients, teach Reiki and offer spirituality classes at CSA.

Kim Yalda is an experienced teacher and energy worker. She offers her holistic health services and classes world-wide online via Zoom, as well as in person in Michigan and California.

Being a life-long student of metaphysics, she is committed to her own spiritual journey through New Thought and ancient Eastern teachings, Ayurvedic Wisdom and Seva practices (being of service to others).

Rev. Kim offers a wide-range of holistic services at her healing studio in Flint Township. Her heart-filled approach and supportive nature bring unconditional love and clear understanding to those she serves while on their own journey of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and well-being.

Contact Rev. Kim for more information about her ministry, holistic services or classes: visit her website at or contact her via email or via Kim Yalda – Healing Arts on FaceBook.

Take a Look

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Columnist, Doug Larson, wrote: “Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush.” Have you been feeling like whistling since March began? Have you noticed at all how you’ve been feeling since March began? Even when the springlike weather turned into a cold spell that turned into snow flurries that turned into a snow storm, have you still been feeling happy and uplifted with the anticipation and expectation of a beautiful spring by feeling springlike in your heart? It’s been said, “Despite the forecast live like it’s spring. That’ll put a spring in your step.”

Have your responses so far this March have been gentle as a lamb (the way March began) no matter what was occurring in your life or in the world because despite appearances you’ve got a good feeling that things are getting better and better? Or have you been roaring like a lion at the happenings in your life, and reacting beastly to unwanted occurrences and conditions in the world? Awareness of who we are being, and how we are feeling about who we are being, in the moments of our life is everything.

Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, “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’re created to fully express Life while we’re living it; to be present in the moments of our life as joy, love, peace, happiness, curiosity, and calmness. If we’re not expressing the Nature of Life as we’re living it, we couldn’t truly say we’re alive as Life at all.

When we’re not conscious of how we’re feeling about our life as we’re living it, it’s like we’re just bouncing around lifelessly on a sea of possibilities for experiencing life, inadvertently calling this unwanted thing and that unwanted thing to us, and then blaming what happens to us on the world and the way things go. But it’s the way we go in the world that creates how we experience life and what we experience as our life. That’s why it’s important for us to notice how we’re going because how we’re feeling about life is how our life is going to go.

Our emotions are physically felt even though they are caused by our invisible thoughts about whatever is happening. That’s why The Science of Mind tells us “thoughts are things.” Thoughts are living energy, vibrational entities so to speak that will become manifested things in our life (sooner or later) unless we change our mind. Our emotions are important indicators about the nature of our thoughts Abraham-Hicks tells us that there are two ways for us to know what our point of attraction is: One is how we’re feeling and the other is by what’s manifested in our life.

It’s important for us to be conscious of how we’re feeling, and to notice the thoughts that are causing us to feel that way, because how we’re feeling about what we’re thinking is letting us know what’s up and what’s next. If we’re not aware of what experiences we’re calling to us in each moment with our thoughts, all we need to do is to take a look at our life.

Even though we have been given the holy gift of choice, we often live by default and complain it’s not our fault! The Way of Mastery reminds us that we’ve been anointed with the ability to choose what we wish to see and the power to create it in each moment. It tells us that our freedom to choose is ours alone and is completely unobstructed and unchangeable forever. Wouldn’t we like to create consciously by choice and get the results we want, rather than by chance and take a chance we’ll get results we don’t want? Life is full of surprises! Wouldn’t we like them to be pleasant surprises?

It’s up to us. Life flows in our favor, and yet we’re free to paddle upstream and make life hard, and then complain that we’re tired mentally and physically. There is a German word, “Weltschmerz” that describes this perfectly. It means being world-weary; the sorrow that one feels and accepts as one’s necessary portion in life; sentimental pessimism. Are we world-weary because we worry that things will get worse rather than better? Are we full of Weltschmerz because we believe we need to effort and struggle because that’s what the world calls for us to do?

We are free to choose otherwise. We are free to be happy; to pull up our oars and float downstream, and feel the vitality, ease and optimism of letting go of resistance. We are on the receiving end of Creation, “ask and it is given.” If we don’t allow our self to receive what we’ve asked for, we have nothing to give. That’s why Jesus said, “I of myself can do nothing”

It’s important for us to take a look at our life as we’re living it, and to be aware of our thoughts as we’re thinking them, so that we’ll be aware if we’re allowing the good we’ve asked for to come into our life or not. Abraham-Hicks tells us “connect the dots” between the world we see around us and how we’re feeling about our self in it. It’s easy for us to connect the dots, to take a look at what we experience throughout our day, and notice what happens when we consciously choose thoughts that feel good, and what happens when we don’t.

Doesn’t it seem that when we’re in a good mood, drivers are nicer and let us merge, that red and green lights are synchronized just for us, that strangers smile and wave at us as if we’ve known them for years, and that just the right person or idea comes along at exactly the right time? And, don’t we find that whether we’re at home alone or out in the world that things seem to go our way?

Connecting the dots by taking a look at how our thoughts turn into manifested things is the opposite of living like a corpse. We’re full of awareness! We’re consciously living! We’re filled with appreciation that our freedom of choice is so completely unobstructed that no matter what, we get to choose how we feel every moment. All we need to do to know if we’re cooperating with the good life we desire to live is to be aware of our thoughts and feelings, and take a look at what we’re creating.

No one thinks in our mind or causes one emotion in our body, but us. We’re free to think what we think, see what we see, and feel what we feel. Even if we choose to be frustrated or grumpy, at least we can be aware that no one is making us feel that way, we’re choosing it. And it’s that awareness, the awareness it’s our choice, that allows us to choose a better feeling attitude if we don’t like the experiences we’re calling to us. We could say that such awareness allows us to get outside of our mind and observe it in action, and then notice the attraction of that action.

Eckhart Tolle wrote, “Remember that your perception of the world is a reflection of your state of consciousness. You are not separate from it and there is no objective world out there. Every moment, your consciousness creates the world that you inhabit.” If we’re aware that there’s no objective world “out there” separate from us, and that what we see out there (wherever out there appears to be) is affected by our thoughts and causing our perception, then whether it’s how we’re seeing our self or someone else in a situation, then we’re fully aware that our point of view is also our point of attraction and is being reflected in our experience.

If we don’t like what we’re experiencing, we’re free to change our mind and change our experience of it. It’s never about trying to change anything outside of us, especially the behavior of others. It’s about changing our mental atmosphere, our vibrational emission, and changing our perception of the moment. We’re free to think about whatever uplifts us into a better feeling place, and then witness what’s reflected back to us from that higher vibrational perception.

Jack Kornfield wrote, “Wherever we are, we can take a deep breath, feel our body, open our senses and step outside the endless stories of the mind.” With every breath, we’re free to drop our burdens, our world-weariness, our Weltschmerz by taking a look within us and finding the natural flow of happiness that’s always right there. We are free to lift our oars, and as we do, something happens in our field of awareness that allows us to see a world more beautiful, loving and harmonious.

Our life is a gift to be enjoyed. Our very being is a gift to the world. Our smile spreads love, our joy spreads happiness, and our positive outlook lifts people and situations all around us. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, “Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” We are part of the living Universe of Love. Our purpose is to be fully aware and fully alive right here and right now. When we become aware of that Truth, it will lift our heart and put a spring in our step!

Take What You Need

March is not only the month that includes the Vernal Equinox and the beginning of Spring, this year it includes Easter as well. March came in like a lamb and, despite the superstition that it’ll go out like a lion because it did, there’s absolutely no reason why this month can’t continue to be gentle as a lamb all the way through, at least through me and you and all that we do, right up to the day it goes out. After all, that day will be Easter Sunday!

March is such a good month for us to celebrate all the ways the newness of life comes forth into manifestation. The budding of trees, sprouting of daffodils, crocus and lilies, and the birth of baby chicks, ducklings and bunnies all reflect the reliability and innocence of newness. March sings the song of Spirit “Behold I make all things new.”

It seems easier in March for us to see that Life takes care of Life; that Life nurtures all Life in the joyous sustainability of renewal and new beginnings. And that includes us: Life taking care of us; Life nurturing us in all that we are and all that we do; and Life gifting us with the joy of renewal and the innocence of new beginnings.

The spiritual teacher, Mooji, wrote: “The greatest step towards a life of happiness and simplicity is to let go. Trust in the power that is already taking care of you spontaneously without effort.” If we would simply give our attention to this day, without bringing yesterday into it or worrying about tomorrow, we would find that today is full and running over with everything we need for the joy of living life right now.

When we’re happy and at peace we’re open to receiving what we need as each day arrives. Because we know that Life is taking care of us, we’re willing to live the day fully charged and enthusiastic about all the possibilities for experiencing Life right now. We don’t sacrifice our abundant good today to save for a rainy day someday. Eckhart Tolle wrote, “As soon as you honor the present moment all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out of present moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care and love, even the most simple action.”

The trainers in my iFit videos on my treadmill talk about being mentally present for the workout. They don’t just talk about physical well-being, but mental well-being, and a healthy attitude that is uplifted by gratitude. No matter what the workout is, they encourage us to do it with a smile and a positive attitude, and to practice gratitude not just during the workout but all day long. There is such a clear connection between spirit, mind and body that workouts, for me, are like a spiritual practice.

One of the trainers encourages us by saying, “This workout is for you, If you need to slow down, slow down. If you want to go faster, then please do. Take what you need, you don’t need my permission.” The concept of taking what you need reminded me of the Lord’s Prayer, in which Jesus asked for what he needed for the day. He said (for the benefit of those listening) “give us this day our daily bread.” He didn’t say to the Invisible Source of Unlimited Good to give us everything, all at once, right now! And, he didn’t ask for something extra to put away (just in case).

Jesus knew that all he’d ever need was always there for him wherever he was, and that it would manifest when he needed it. He put his full trust in the powerful Life Force that was already taking care of him spontaneously without effort, and we can too. We read in The Science of Mind, “The Love of God is the Self-Givingness of the Spirit to Its Creation.” That’s us, Spirit’s Creation! That’s why all we need to do is “ask and it is given” this day and in every moment. We are always free to take what we need—no rules, no limits, no exceptions.

Since we are forever one with the Unlimited Source of our life, there is no need for us to stock up, hoard, or hide anything from anyone. Our Source is inexhaustible! We are free to live lavishly every day, whatever “lavishly” may mean to us, without worrying that we’ll use up our “fair share,” or that we’ll take away from the abundant good that belongs to someone else. Life takes care of Life. God gives to all alike, no exceptions.

Often we feel guilty and believe it’s wrong to take what we need when others don’t appear to have what they need. But right now (and every moment is “right now”), we are all alive in a Universe of Love that invites us to take what we need for this day. There’s more than enough!

This life is for us. It’s our spiritual workout! And we’re free to take whatever we need, no matter how much that might be, to live a life we enjoy living every day. That’s not greedy or selfish. It’s honoring the Self-givingness of the Spirit to Its Creation. It’s acknowledging the Unlimited Source of our Being. In the Book of Jeremiah we read, “Call me and I shall answer you, and I shall show you great and powerful deeds that you have not known.”

Every day there is more Love than we’ve ever known and we’re free to take what we need. Every day there is more than enough peace for our mind, more than enough vitality and well-being for our body, more than enough inspiration for new ideas, and more than enough joy and happiness. Our individual cup within the Universal Consciousness of Unlimited Good is running over. Every good thing we could ever ask for is already within us, ready to party, but we have to be ready to party too. Are we pinching off our abundant good with our fear of not being worthy enough or that there isn’t enough to go around?

When we’re aware there’s more to all of us and for all us, and we feel the consistent certainty of that Truth and live with a high holy expectancy of good each day, we experience more abundant good in our life and see more of it appearing in the world around us. When we’re ready to live the high life (when we ready to party), the whole world is invited and there’s more than enough to go around.

In the Book of Malachi we read, “Prove me now in this, says the LORD of hosts and I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out blessings for you until you shall say, It is enough.” If we were to live this day as if it were the only day we were given to live, we’d want to see every good thing we could see and experience as much of this day as we could. We wouldn’t postpone our happiness for tomorrow. We would stay as fully open to receiving joy and fulfillment as we could today. Our ability to receive our daily bread would rise and expand. Isn’t it interesting that when bread rises, it’s called “proofing”?

The Love of the Universe has prepared for us not just one table to take from, but multiple tables. We live in a Universal all-you-can-experience buffet. We can prove it if we choose to. We can prove that within us is more than enough strength to get us through any difficulty this day; more than enough love to forgive this day; more than enough joy to uplift us this day; and more than enough peace for our mind to rest in this day.

Are we waiting for permission to live in the fullness of this day and take what we need from within us? The Source Energy of Love within us, our Inner Being, is always inviting us to take what we need. It tells us: This day is for you. Take what you need. You have God’s permission.