The year 2022 is up to you, just as every day of your life in years gone by has been up to you, and the creative ability and responsibility of your Divinity will go right into 2023…if you do! This year will unfold in sameness or newness, in continued conflict and confusion or newly discovered well-being and harmony, and it will arise out of choices you and make as we live it. We’ll experience what we’re creating in the present moment as we go along. Even if you don’t believe that’s true, how you experience 2022 will still be up to you. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You are so free you can choose bondage. You are so free that you can choose not to feel free. That’s freedom!”
We are so free in our Divinity that we can deny the power of our thoughts, words and actions, and live as if it doesn’t matter what we think or do. We can decide to sit back mentally and just see what happens this year without our conscious participation in the direction our thoughts are taking our life. We can cheer when things go our way and call it “good luck,” and we can complain when they don’t and call it “bad luck.” That is a way to live in this world. But it’s not the most powerful way we can live as a Divine being with freedom to create good things, happy things, beautiful things, and uplifting things while we’re here.
If we’d like to improve the days of our life so that we laugh more, love more, and feel fulfilled and peaceful more often, it’s up to us to make a conscious decision to take ownership of our human experience, to become aware of our thinking and how we’re feeling in the moments we’re thinking and feeling whatever it is, and to know that it matters. In this way we can use our inseparable connection with the Law of Attraction, that creative Power of the Universe that responds to the vibration of our thoughts, to attract with our good feeling thoughts, the people, activities and experiences we’ll enjoy this year, no matter what the world is doing. We’ll stop bracing our self for what fearful thing might happen next, and embrace each moment with the awareness we are free to choose how we want to feel in that moment and how we want to respond within it.
Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” We’ve all done the best we could do since we arrived in this human environment, no matter what it was we did. The thought “I could have done better” is one that can only occur in retrospect within a mind that knows better now. We proceeded to live our life based on what we learned from the voices of authority around us, and because we believed what we were told about our self and life, our life seemed to validate that what we were told was true. We didn’t know (back then) that we experience life as we believe it to be.
If we’re not feeling good about who we are yet, it’s because we haven’t unlearned our limitations yet and discovered our Divine Power. We’ve always had the power to deliberately direct our life in positive ways, we just need to know that we can choose our life direction and go where we want to go. All our life, despite the encouragement or discouragement of those around us, we’ve been the only one responsible for what we see in our self and the world around us. We just need to know that our view of life is determined by us and no one can change it but us. It’s up to us to decide if now is the time for us to know better so we can do better.
No matter what our chronological age, it’s not too late for us to become a Master of our life. No matter what our current health condition may be or what physical situation we may be in, the power of choice still belongs to us and there is still time for us to choose to take time to get to know who we truly are so that we can live in joy and freedom from now on. Deep within us we must know that is true or we wouldn’t be seeking to discover more about the Divine Power within us so that we can do better and live in a world that gets better and better to live in. Good for us that no matter what road we’ve traveled, and no matter how bumpy our journey may still be, we want to take charge of our life now. And, as we do, it’s important for us to remind our self that the world we live in can only become better and better for us to live in as we change our thoughts, words and actions in positive ways.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “Discover who you are. With that, your charm becomes eternal, your love becomes unconditional, and great strength arises.” When we deliberately choose Divine Power over our human impulses, when we focus our mind on the good we want to experience, despite what may be going on the world in any moment, we do better in life. Life doesn’t happen to us from outside of us, it happens within the vibrational possibilities of our mind wherever we are focusing. We do better in our life when we focus on what we want instead of what we don’t want because we’re able to feel it coming even before we see it manifest. We do better when we know better than to try to control the world around us or blame anything outside of us for our experiences. We do better when we know that to blame and complain is to give up our Divine Power to deliberately choose and to hand our freedom over to the fickle finger of fate.
It takes courage to take a stand for the better we know, especially when those we know may not agree with how we live our life and point out the things they believe we should be focusing on. But unless we discover our Divine Daring, we’ll miss out on the purpose of this human experience, with all its contrasts that allow us to make choices that prove to us that we have Power over our mind. Dr. Martin Luther King found his Divine Daring and lived it. He proved the power of his Divinity through the force of his humanity. He demonstrated that responses to life don’t need to be mindless reactions, but can be conscious decisions we make. He said, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Though Dr. King was a Baptist minister, his words and actions reflected spirituality rather than religion. He knew that Love is a spiritual gift belonging to anyone who chooses It. A hero’s heart bypasses the mind of judgement, and rules of right and wrong, and allows Love to flow freely outward from the center of the heart into the world in all directions without conditions. We’re all born with a hero’s heart, but so often we allow fear within the mind to cover it. If we want to live in harmony of life, it’s time for us to rediscover our hero’s heart. Love is a choice that we can make in any moment, no matter what may happening in that moment, because Love is what we are. A hero never stops to ask, “What’s in it for me” before acting courageously. A hero lets Love be the reason for every action.
There can never be an “unsung” hero. Love knows where It flows, and It flows through a hero’s heart accompanied by the joyous vibration of a choir of angels. Marcos Gualberto wrote, “There is no happiness as long as the sense of separativity is present, me and the world, myself and the other.” We are all born into this world with a Love that is intended to bring us together in happy co-creation, cooperation and peace, a Love in which there is no sense of you and me separately.
We are so free we can decide not to feel our unity and choose the bondage of living separately. But, we read in A Course of Love, “Make a new choice! The choice that your heart yearns to make for you and that your mind is finding increasingly difficult to deny. When you choose unity over separation, you choose reality over illusion. You end opposition by choosing harmony. You end conflict by choosing peace.” Our heart knows that conflict, war, and control of anyone anywhere will never bring peace on earth. It knows peace comes with our awareness we are One Life Together.
If we let it, our heart will inspire our mind to perceive life as one universal creation, and to speak to each other and of each other, as one holy family of Love. Martin Luther King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Peace on earth is up to you and me. We are so free that we can choose to Love unconditionally.
Our overall theme and focus this year at The Life Enrichment Center is “2022 is Up to You.” If we want to deliberately direct our life in positive ways throughout the year, it’s important for us to be aware of our mental-emotional trending. We tend to that trending by noticing how the thoughts we’re thinking, in any moment, are causing us to feel (good or not-so-good). How we’re trending is reflected by our mood and attitude in general, as well as in any moment.
If our mood and attitude is generally positive, it’s easier for us to notice if (when) what we’re thinking about is causing our mood to “dip,” and taking our life in a downward trend away from experiences we want. If we’re usually feeling good about life, it’s easier for us to shift our thinking to a place that lifts us right back up into our joy and happiness. On the other hand, if our mood and attitude is generally a downer, because we’re used to feeling not-so-good about our self and life, it’s difficult for us to recognize if what we’re thinking in a particular moment is increasing the momentum of our general downward trend and taking us more quickly towards experiences we don’t want.
How you experience this year, and all the days within it, is up to you because only YOU can direct your mental and emotional trending by choosing what thoughts you want to focus on. Mooji tells us, “You have the power to take a chaotic mind and bring it back into a peaceful state.” No one in heaven or on earth can bring our mind back for us because only we have power over our mind. When we realize that no one and no thing has the power to make us think or feel anything we don’t agree to think or feel, we understand how important it is for us to stop blaming people, situations and conditions that come into our life for our mood and attitude about life. We realize that if we want to deliberately influence our experiences in 2022, rather than living by default or claiming our life situation is someone else’s fault, we must take ownership of the thoughts we allow to visit our mind, as well as those we allow to take up residency there. Thoughts that feel at home in our mind create our mood and attitude.
The good news is all we have to do is focus on thoughts that cause us feel good about our self and life, thoughts that cause us to feel enthusiastic about the new possibilities that lie ahead, and 2022 will be a good year for us. But no year, month, day, or moment has the power to make us feel positive in any way if we don’t choose to. No matter what new year’s ritual we may have participated in to try to clear the way for the new year, every day in 2022 will require our full positive participation for anything to be new for us. The time it takes for positive change in our life doesn’t have to do with the time on a clock or a date on a calendar. A “happy new year” is a moment to moment choice to be happy.
Whether the craziness of 2021 has left us feeling invincible or vulnerable, hopeful that things will get better this year or fearful that things may get worse, it’s important for us to remember we have power over our mind. We are the one who decides what thoughts we focus on in each moment. Nothing has the power to uplift our mood unless we’re willing to rise. If we insist on staying seated on our pity pot because of some condition or situation, there is no one outside of us that can lift us off of it. Only we can do that. Only we can stand up for our Divinity.
If we’re in the midst of a situation or condition that doesn’t feel uplifting, it’s up to us to lift our self up anyway, in any way we can, if we want things to improve. That doesn’t mean we suddenly jump up and down. Happiness can feel calm. It can simply be a feeling that feels so good we just want to keep feeling it. As we call upon the happiness within us that doesn’t depend on anything around us in order to be present for us, we find we can be happy for no reason at all. Happiness is a choice, not a result. It’s been said that “happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” A mood and attitude of happiness gives positive momentum to our life journey and eases our travel. Thich Nhat Hanh tells us, “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” Our happiness doesn’t come to us, it comes from us. A happy new year for us can only unfold out of our own happiness.
If we want to take Divine ownership of our human experiences this year and deliberately create healthy, happy, peaceful, and calm experiences for our self and the world, it is essential for us to get in touch and stay in touch with our Divinity so that we can access our Divine Power over our mind and choose thoughts, words and actions from a peaceful place within us. Discovering our Inner Divine is something only we can do for our self. If we want to feel better and better about who we are, and more enthusiastic about life, we need to realize that all we want and need is already waiting for us in the high vibration of Divine Love within us. Love would never allow us, even for a moment, to go without health, happiness, peace, and well-being. It’s all within us now, but it’s up to us claim It. And that doesn’t take time, it takes willingness, and willingness is a moment to moment decision.
Fifteenth Century Indian mystic poet and saint, Kabir Das, wrote “Wherever you are is your entry point. Be still and find out who you are.” We have to allow the dust of yesterday to settle in our mind and memory if we want to see who we are now. It’s only as we feel our connection with our Inner Being, our true Self that lives only in the now, that we are able to fearlessly move forward in this human experience guided by our Divinity. But, unless we decide to let bygones be bygones, whether it’s a health condition, relationship challenge, or the negative opinions we held in 2021about the opinions others held in 2021, unless we finally say goodbye to days gone by and let old patterns of negative thoughts and conversations be a thing of past, our mind won’t be still enough for us see our Divine reflection. Shunryu Suzuki wrote, “Nothing outside yourself can cause you any trouble. You yourself make the waves in your mind. If you leave your mind as it is, it will become calm.” And, out of that calmness YOU will arise as only YOU can!
We need to get familiar with the One within us that never judges by appearances and always knows everything is working out for us, and allow the fullness of our Divinity to guide us this year so our experiences can truly be new. We read in A Course in Miracles, “ I am one Self, united with my Creator, at one with every aspect of creation, and limitless in power and in peace.” That one Self is within each of us, and yet none of us experiences that Self in exactly the same way. In our human expression we want others to understand us and see life as we do. But no one can see life exactly as YOU do. You are created to express God as only YOU can, and to experience your oneness with all of creation as you do it.
Each of us is unlimited in power and peace to express the one Self we share uniquely through our self awareness. Wherever we are in any moment is our entry point. But we must use our power over our mind to bring our mind into a peaceful state, a mental stillness that allows us to find our Self, and be our Self, wherever we are. It is a powerful thing to live with the awareness that the Source Energy that creates worlds created us and is supporting us in our unique expression of the one Self. When we know with clarity who we are, we’ll see evidence of that Truth all around us manifesting as every good thing we desire to experience this year and in the years to come. That’s what we came for, to see our Inner Divinity take form and expression in this human environment.
Our Divine Impulse while we are in the world is to express God as Only we can, a diverse human within Divine unity. These words by American poet, Mary Oliver, beautifully reflect a powerful intention to live as the one Self fully and freely on earth until one’s earth days are complete. She wrote, “When it’s over, I want to say: All my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.”
God is all there is all the time, everywhere, and within every condition and situation of this human experience, no matter what the condition or situation may be. The Spiritual Truth about all life in the Universe, including yours and mine, is unchangeable. Nothing about our spirituality changes no matter what appears to be going on. The Universe, and every living being within It, is now and forever the holy creation of God’s Love. Nothing in the world can change God. Nothing that happens in the world can alter God’s Love. In the Book of Hebrew we read, “Christ (God’s Beloved) is the same yesterday and today and forever.” God’s unshakeable, immovable Love remains forever present in you and me, and in everything we see no matter how unlike God some things may appear to be at times.
Ken Wilber wrote, “There is nothing but God, nothing but the Spirit in every direction, and not a grain of sand nor a grain of dust is more or less Spirit than any other.” Nothing—not covid, not cancer, not any human condition or situation—has the power to make any of us less Spirit than we are, even for a moment. Our Divinity doesn’t come and go according to the situations and conditions in our life because there is nothing but God in every direction of our life. God loves us eternally, and therefore no matter what may appear in our life at any time, there are gifts of Love for us to receive in the midst of whatever is happening.
The situations in our life won’t change by analyzing why they happen, by trying to figure out why someone doesn’t love us or isn’t nice to us, or why we’re having a financial challenge, or why we’re experiencing illness. Analysis causes paralysis as far as healing goes because it keeps us focused on outer conditions and limits our awareness of what can be to the appearances of what’s already happened. We could say we can only navigate our Divinity in positive ways through this human environment by using our Divine Guidance System, our holy intuition. Anytime we’re angry, resentful or fearful because something has happened in our life, or to a loved one, we’re unable to feel the reassurance of our Spirit, and the free-flow of Love that is caring for us and guiding us.
Acceptance of what’s happening in our life without resistance, without fighting against whatever it is, opens us to the Love and guidance of our Inner Being that always knows it’s all good right where we are. Acceptance removes doubt and we become more certain that Love will guide us through. As we remember who we truly are, we’re not afraid of navigating through rough waters. We feel Love guiding us from a more tranquil place within us. Accepting what comes with the awareness that what happens in our human experience has no power to change our Divinity empowers us not only to get through any situation or condition, but to grow in spiritual awareness and expand in spiritual self-expression because of it.
As we open our mind and heart to Love’s love for us, we begin to look within me for the gifts Love is offering to us within every condition and situation. We become clear that that each Divine gift is answering a call from us for a deeper relationship with our Inner Being. We resist the good we’ve asked for whenever we’re focused on thoughts and appearances that disagree with what we want to experience.
How do we know if we’re going with the holy flow of Universal Love’s givingness or we’re mentally resisting our good? It seems so simple, but it’s not always easy to remember. What doesn’t feel good to focus on, what doesn’t feel good to think about, doesn’t feel good because it isn’t good for us. It keeps our cork submerged, stuck in the muck of fear and limitation rather than floating freely on the joyous Ocean of Love. Good feels good to focus on, good feels good to think about, because it’s good for us. Positive thoughts let our cork float in the high, happy, healing vibrations of life where it is easier for us to navigate as the Divine Being we are no matter what the human circumstances may be.
But there is such a strong, Divinely natural desire within all of us to feel our unity with each other that we often join with others who have suffered in this life as a way of experiencing our oneness. Abraham-Hicks tells us that some people write music about heartbreak and books about traumas and tragedy because that is a big audience, and appears to make a bigger connection with others than songs and books about happiness. There even seems to be a camaraderie among those who have experienced covid, either in their own body or through the experience of a loved one. Our deeper desire to connect with each other seems to make us want to share the details of symptoms. That is why it is vital for us to be aware that our sympathetic conversations of commiseration inadvertently perpetuate the very conditions in this world that none of us desires to experience again. We need to be willing to let past experiences go, no matter how dramatic or compelling those experiences may be, or how curious others may be about them. If we’ve prayed to manifest the Truth of our Divinity, we must live in the here and now of answered prayer. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “That was then, this is now. Don’t talk about it anymore. There’s no point in beating the drum of anything you don’t want to repeat.”
“Trending” is a popular term these days. Thirty years ago, before the development of social networks, it usually referred to what was happening in the stock market or in the field of medicine, or to a sudden increase in the popularity of something that was causing more and more people to focus on it. Such trends were described in newspapers without controversy, and reported by anchormen without opinions. With the addition of Social Media “trending” means a lot more. Social Networks have created a whole new platform in which trending topics can be talked about by anyone and everyone, and influenced solely by opinions. A trending topic is something that is hot news or hot conversation within the general public. It’s something everyone seems to be talking about and everyone has an opinion about. On Twitter when a word, phrase or hashtag has been used multiple times, for whatever reason, it becomes a trending topic. Twitter even has section “Trends for you” combines the most popular words and phrases with whatever Twitter thinks you’ll have an interest in.
We’re told that we should be interested in trending topics; that we should be aware of what’s being talked about, and join in the conversation because following trending topics, and giving our opinion, gives us a personal voice and a greater connection with others. But if we want to be a deliberate creator of our own experiences in this earth life, we need to tend to our own trend. We’re always trending in either a positive or negative direction through the vibration of our thoughts. But we’re not always paying attention to, or tending to, what we’re focused on. We can’t trend in a positive direction that is inspired from within us if we’re following the negative trends of the world. Joining in opinions and conversations of anger, opposition and conflict keeps us focused on the situations in front of us. Negative thoughts cause us to dwell in the lower vibrations of fear that cause more negativity to trend in our experience. Positive thoughts cause us to trend upward into the high healing vibrations of joy, love, gratitude, peace, and well being.
We tend to our mental and emotional trend by becoming aware of how our thoughts and conversations are causing us to feel. We tend to our trend by noticing how much of our mental vibration we offer to our Divinity in each moment, no matter what may be going on, and how much we offer to what we see in front of us that might be appearing as sickness, sorrow, lack, limitation, conflict, or confusion. The more we focus on a challenge, the more we tend to trend toward similar challenges. But, if we’re paying attention, and tending to how our thoughts are trending by noticing how we’re feeling, we can catch a thought that is causing a downward trend in the very moment we’re thinking it. In this way we can change it before it takes us in a direction we don’t want to go.
Complaining about what’s going on in this seemingly crazy world may seem logical, and even justified. But it won’t give us a new trend, or a new view in 2022. If we’ve been waiting for a fixed point on the calendar, hoping that it will bring about something new for us and world, it’s time for us to realize that the fixed point that will change things isn’t on the calendar, it’s within us. What trends in 2022 is up to each of us and what we decide to focus on and talk about. Nothing can be new until we see it that way.
Papaji said, “You are always free, but your attention is elsewhere. Just turn your attention to your Being and away from impermanent objects. What you are, is always Here.” If we want 2022 to be new for us, if we want to experience more peace of mind and more freedom to love, we must get in sync with the well-being of our Inner Being and stop living in fear. Who we are is always Here, always present within us no matter what may be happening in this human experience. We align with our Inner Divine by practicing feeling good, and by following the Guidance of Love within us no matter what may be trending in the world.
Tending to our mental and emotional trend allows us to be pulled by Love towards our well-being, not pushed around by fear. There is a peace that comes to our mind, and a serenity that settles in our heart, whenever we follow our Divine Guidance, even if no one else seems to be trending our way. When we’re in sync with our Divinity we are following the trend of Love. And, that trend is the trend that will change the world and make it new.