Attention is an Invitation

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This month we are considering all the ways we can consciously and intentionally say “yes” to the life we want to live, to a life that brings  happiness, health, satisfaction, peace, and love. Rupert Spira wrote, “Love, peace and happiness are inherent in the knowing of our own being. In fact they are the knowing of being. They are simply other names for our self.” When we say “yes” to feeling good in life, when we feel good just being our self in life, we’re saying “yes” to our True Self, the beautiful, precious, holy One God created as a living expression of love, peace and happiness.

There is not anyone, anywhere, in the whole world that is intentionally saying “yes” to less. Every one of us is a spiritual being wanting life to be good. It’s just the way we seem to go about it that causes life to seem not so good. As human beings we may want different things in life, but as spiritual beings none of us wants bad things. It is just that often in our unawareness and ignorance of our True Being we unintentionally say “yes” to being less. We inadvertently say “yes” to experiences we don’t want, “yes” to unhappiness, unhealthiness, dissatisfaction, and conflict with one another that pinches us off from feeling the Love we are together.

When we believe others are keeping us or someone else from experiencing good in life, we often turn our attention to them and try to make them “make things right” by doing what we want them to do, by behaving as we want them to behave, and by making choices we want them to make; forgetting, or unaware, or ignorant of the way the Universe works. What appears outside of us (to us) begins inside of us with what we believe is true about our self and life.

When we individually take care of our thoughts so that what we’re thinking feels good, we are living in the Divine Flow of Life that makes things right, right before eyes. We no longer feel the need to try to control what happens outside us because we know that when we feel One with the Flow of Life within us, It is taking care of us and all of Creation around us. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You have no business whatsoever attempting to control even one condition of your life. What you’re wanting to control is your position in the Stream. The Stream will take care of the conditions.”

How we individually go about achieving a good life makes all the difference in whether or not we experience one. It’s not possible for us to push things we don’t like, and don’t want, away from us because in pushing against those things, we’re saying “yes” to them with the energy of attention we’re giving them. We’re inviting what is unwanted to stick around awhile so we can ponder what we don’t like about it, and count the ways we resent it, fear it, or blame it. As long as we pay attention to it, we’re vibrationally sending out a “come as you are” invitation that attracts it into our life.

We live in a spiritual-vibrational environment that we call “the Universe.” It responds to the spiritual-vibrational emissions of all that are alive within It—that’s you and me, individually and collectively. Like attracts like whether we like it or not. Like attracts like whether we’re remembering that it does or not. It’s nothing personal. The Universe responds naturally to the God-ordained Nature of Existence with the Law of Attraction that governs It. Through the Law of Attraction what we focus on in our mind becomes the life we experience in the world. As the saying goes, “Every thought is a prayer.” We are free to pray for every good thing to come into our life and the world, but unless we allow a way for it to come through us, it will seem to us not to be here.

We call this teaching “New Thought,”not because it teaches anything that hasn’t been taught in some way sense the beginning of our human experience, but because when we’re willing to control our position in the Stream of Life by letting go of old beliefs and ideas that are throwing us off course, and when we’re willing to stop beating the drum of what’s wrong with the world, our mind is free of negativity and allows new thoughts about our self and life to come into our awareness. That is why what Paul wrote in the Book of Philippians over 2,000 years ago is still powerful today: “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

It is important for us to notice “whatsoever we be thinking” in every moment. Whether we’re alone in a quiet room, watching TV or having conversation with someone, or whether we are out in the world interacting with those we know and those we don’t know, we are inviting whatsoever is on our mind into our experience. If we’re thinking on those things that be of any virtue or praise, then our thoughts are inviting something good, and when we feel good our attention is called to the good things around us. Good is always there because there no spot where God not and God is Love.

Since the Creator of Life is Love, Love is everywhere Life is. The God of Creation, the Source of Life, the Invisible Pure Positive Energy that gives form to our life, and all life, is pulsating with holiness above, beneath and within all that visibly lives, no matter who and no matter what appears to be. It’s when our “yeah buts” get in our way and we think something else is there that we don’t experience life in a way that feels good. It is the Presence of Truth behind all things that makes things true. It is the Presence of Love within all things that makes things lovely. But unless we are thinking thoughts that reflect Truth and Love, unless we feel Its Presence within us, we won’t recognize It anywhere else.

So often we observe things in our personal life and in the world, or we hear about things through the media, that seem to give us good reason to think other than virtuous thoughts. We’re able to point out all the reasons why we should feel unhappy, be unhealthy, feel unsatisfied, and be angry and upset because others seem to be contributing to what we believe is wrong with the world. It isn’t “us,” right? But it is. It is our attention to what seems to be wrong that invites it to stick around. We are making a way for it to stay.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “All is well. You didn’t come here to fix a broken world. The world is not broken. You came here to live a wonderful life, and if you can learn to relax a little and let it all in, you will begin to see the universe present you with all that you have asked for.” Though it may seem to be, our world isn’t broken. And, though we may seem to be, we’re not here to fix it. Only we can change our mind and focus, and readdress our invitations to the Good we want to see, the Good that is here and now.

What we think on, what we focus on, what we give our attention to becomes pervasive in our life. It appears to be all there is everywhere we look because we’re inviting it to be there with our attention to it. We are here to enjoy a life of Joy in a Universe of Joy. We here to experience the happiness of being our self. We are here to discover what brings us joy and choose it. In this way we let the positive spiritual energy within us flow into our experiences and out into the world around us.

Positive energy can’t flow into manifestations of good in the world through us without our letting our self feel that good first within us. All we need to do for love, peace and happiness to come through us is take a Divine position in the holy Stream of Life. We live the good life not by fighting against each other and not by focusing on the shadows in our mind, but by making the feeling of well-being that is natural to us the only thing that is important t us. New thoughts come to our mind by invitation only.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Give in to the Well-Being that is hammering at your door. Give in. Give in. Give in to all of the goodness that is surrounding you and wanting to show you evidence of itself. Start looking for the evidence of Well-Being. It is pervasive. It is all around you.” Giving in to well-being is a moment to moment choice. We might easily feel good one moment and be challenged to feel it the next. But we can increase our desire to feel good by expanding our awareness that it’s there for us to feel. We can decide each morning to invite well-being into our life simply by desiring a good day. As we focus on that desire throughout the day, we’re inviting a whole day of well-being to come our way. Love, peace and happiness are qualities of being inherent in our being. They are simply other names for our self. We are free to invite them into our self-expression any time we choose.

How Rough Do You Like It?

Teddy Roosevelt

It’s been said “Let the trees show you how lovely it is to let go of things.” Letting go of things can feel exciting. Any tree can tell us that letting go of what is no longer needed is preparation for new growth. But letting go can feel painful if we’re not ready for new growth and we struggle in resistance against it. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If in our heart we still cling to anything—anger, anxiety, possessions—we cannot be free.”

Happy freedom is our Spiritual Nature. There is no need to hold onto anything because we’ve already been given everything. How peaceful our life would be if we simply let it be by embracing each day as if it is bringing with it the very thing we need, the very thing we asked for; as if we’ve invited each moment to teach us what we’re wanting to learn about our self and life.

So often it seems that spiritual growth in our life is painful, that suffering naturally comes with learning our spiritual lessons. But pain and suffering are not the only way for us to learn what we came here to learn in this human environment. There is a line in the lyrics of “Proud Mary” as sung by Ike and Tina Turner that goes, “We never ever do nothing nice and easy. We always do it nice and rough.” It’s been said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Suffering with the lesson is optional.

Life lessons can be easy or rough. Lessons are neutral. We get to decide what they are for us. There is no right or wrong as to how we choose to learn or how long it takes us to learn. It’s up to us. Teddy Roosevelt (who road with the Rough Riders before he became president) said, “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things.”  Many of us may see life that way, no pain, no gain. Some of us may have been taught in Sunday School that suffering is the will of God.

Alan Watts wrote, “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” Though not every growth lesson seems fun at the time, it doesn’t mean we have to extend the pain any longer than necessary. Pain can be a temporary learning device, often a good one because it gets our attention. But as a life-long learning process of “labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage,” it doesn’t sound like much fun!

Suffering can teach us that we don’t like to suffer, and because we don’t, it can inspire us to look for the lesson beneath the pain. In this way we can discover that underneath it all, painless happiness and freedom are natural to us as spiritual beings. Eckhart Tolle wrote, “Suffering cracks open the shell of ego and then there comes a point when it has served its purpose. Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary.” Pain and suffering are necessary only when we refuse to learn and grow “nice and easy.” We make suffering necessary by our insistence that things need to be a certain way before we’re willing to grow with the flow of life. We make suffering necessary when we’re not paying attention to how we’re feeling so that we can change our thinking if it’s not causing us to feel good. What doesn’t feel good within us isn’t going to attract anything good to us in our physical experience. Though it may be hard for us to accept that feeling good is the only thing that is good for us, but it is harder to live a life that doesn’t feel good.

We are free to live in misery if we choose to. The Universe is very accommodating that way. We can have it nice and easy or nice and rough, no questions asked and no judgements made! The Law of Attraction simply brings our growth lessons to us, or gives us the answers we’ve asked for, in the best possible way, i.e., along our mental path of least resistance. But if our “best” path is still resistant, if it’s chock full of worldly distractions that keep us from paying attention to how we’re feeling, or keeps us worried and concerned about worldly appearances that cause us to focus on negativity, our path is going to get rough before it gets better.

Until we know for sure that no one can do anything to mess up our life, we’ll fight against what we don’t want, not realizing that our fight is calling whatever it is to us. Our attention to it is an invitation for it. Releasing long-held and short-term conflicts requires that we change our focus, and let go of our need to be right when something seems to have gone wrong. It means letting go our need for someone to do something about the thing we don’t like. When we are fighting against anything in life, we are walking a path that is full of resistance. Where there is striking against, sparks fly, and heated encounters occur. Nothing good comes from it and nothing good gets done!

We suffer in life until suffering causes us to rethink our thinking, to see things differently, to see life as the Spirit within us is always seeing it. We read in A Course in Miracles, “This is the way in which you must perceive God’s creations, bringing all of your perceptions into line with what the Holy Spirit sees. There is no conflict anywhere in this perception because it is guided by the Holy Spirit Whose Mind is fixed on God.” If we’re having a rough time of it, we’ve pinched our self off from that place within us that is holding for us the answers we want. Our Inner Being is already experiencing that “yes” because It is focused on our Good. Isn’t it good to know that if we want our life nice and easy, if we want it to be conflict-free, all we truly need to do is listen for, and feel for, the Holy Intuition and guidance within us that is always focused on God. Rumi wrote, “He who brought you this far will take you further.”

Suffering happens when we’re not ready for the Good that is already ready for us, even though we’ve asked for it. The Divinity within us is always focused on the reality of the Good we’ve asked for because It is resonating with that Good. That Divine guidance is never turned off even when we’re turned off to It. In every moment we can either join with the vibration of a problem or join with the vibration of our Inner Being that is problem-free. Why on earth would we fiddle around doing anything less than finding resonance, i.e., finding the good feeling within us that is already vibrating with the reality of our Good. Why would we keep pointing at what we don’t like just because it’s there? Why would we keep rationalizing and justifying our reaction to something we don’t want when the Divinity within us is feeling good and we could be too!

When we’ve had enough of a life that is “nice and rough,” we can decide to pay attention to what we’ve considered “little things” that we could ignore, and take care of whatever is causing a “little bit” of discomfort in us before it turns into pain and suffering. Eckhart Tolle wrote, “Only when you’ve truly had enough suffering in your life are you able to say ‘I don’t need it anymore.’” We can learn our lessons the hard way or the easy way, and either way it’s okay as long as we learn from our life, even if we don’t learn this time around. But if suffering isn’t necessary, we can decide on a life that is nice and easy and happily say “yes” to the Good that is already saying “yes” to us!

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.”