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August is here and, as we know, it’s the last month of those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. In these final dog days of the season, as we look around us we may notice there is subtle change going on, in colors of the wild flowers and other quiet ways, that is letting us know autumn is on it way. It’s been said, “Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen.” We all love the beauty of autumn, and we know when it gets here that we’ll feel such joy and appreciation for its elegant artistry and we’ll celebrate the richness of its harvest. Still, as the song goes, we may “wish that summer could always be here,” or at least that winter would never get here!
That is why so often, without even realizing it because feeling disturbed or uneasy may be such a habit, we may feel a little anxious this month. Once summer is over and fall begins, it won’t be long before the short cold days and long colder nights of winter will be upon us. I know several individuals who feel more depressed in August, anticipating winter, than they do during the actual winter months. Anticipation of something we don’t want to happen, and living in resistance to it even before it does happen, can feel far more disturbing and worrisome than actually dealing with something unwanted if (when) it arrives. There’s a Swedish proverb that says, “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”
In August, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer can sometimes become just crazy days of our trying to get out and log in as much summer fun in the sun as we can. We get busy trying to get in one last summer trip, or fit in as many outings with family and friends as we can, as if the more activity we squeeze into this final summer month will somehow keep winter at arm’s length. However, our being fully where we are in every moment, with our mind and emotions fully engaged without future thoughts of “all good things must come to an end” or “will this ever end,” empowers us to choose how we’ll experience our life as it happens.
Peace comes to us when we relax into the present moments of our life, unhurried and unworried, eager but not anxious. Arthur Somers Roche wrote, “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” It is important for us to open our mind and heart to the serenity that comes to us as we let go of our tight grip on life, and how it should be, and unwind our mind into the vastness of the peace and positive possibilities available to us in the here and now, no matter where we are or what’s happening. In this way we encourage peace to cut a channel in our mind into which all other thoughts flow.
Peace is unhurried. It’s not trying to get somewhere else or to make anything happen. It just is, what It is, where It is. It’s free and easy movement, like water, flows around the appearance of obstacles and keeps going unimpeded. We can feel peace within us no matter what our physical body may be doing, or how physically active we are. It is a stillness within us that keeps our mind contented and our emotions calm as the events of our life unfold. Peace is the patience we naturally experience when we are in sync with the rhythm of our life.
It’s been said, “Patience is not simply the ability to wait. It’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” Often, it seems we wait impatiently for our life to get better in some way before we’re ready to be peaceful about it. Either we’re waiting to get through something unpleasant, or we’re waiting for some future event to make our life more pleasant. We learned the words, “I can’t wait,” early in life. But, as children, even while we waited for good things to happen, we enjoyed the good things that were happening in between. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “What true patience is, is knowing that you want it and knowing that it’s coming, and actually enjoying the unfolding along the way.”
We do a lot of waiting in this world nowadays. The Internet speeds may be faster, and jets and automobiles may go faster. But still we wait (and wait) on the phone for customer service fix our internet service. We wait in line at the airport to board the fast jet, and we wait in a line of traffic that doesn’t even allow our car to go fast. We wait in the doctor’s office, and in line at the market, post office, and all the other places that have lines in which to wait. We not only wait in lines, we wait for results—medical results, job application results, or the results of some email or text we’ve sent to someone that could go either way. And, it seems that how long we’re forced to wait depends on the speed, concern or compassion of someone else.
We may not have control over the waiting time, but we do have control over how we wait. So the question is: How are we choosing to behave while we’re waiting? Do we focus on happy thoughts while we wait or happily observe what is going on around us? Are we knowing what we want is coming, and are we enjoying the unfolding of our life along the way?
Sometimes it may seem our biggest wait, and our most worrisome wait, is waiting for the answer to our prayer. Because many of us only pray when it seems like an emergency situation, we wait anxiously to see the answer to our prayer. We read in the Book of Philippians, “Do not be anxious about anything, but with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.” If God knows what we want (and we can’t hide anything from the All Knowing, Ever-Presence of God), why would we be anxious, impatient, or doubtful about receiving it? Perhaps we believe a particular answer, if it shows up, will be proof that God not only hears us, but wants us to have all the good we ask for. And, if our good doesn’t fall instantly from the sky, we begin to doubt that it ever will. Or, it could be that we are more worried that we don’t deserve what we want in first place. We know what we believe by how we wait, with anxious anticipation or peaceful expectation. Do we wait with our arms crossed, foot tapping, checking our watch or the calendar, and feeling frustrated and fearful within us? Or, do we wait with patient appreciation for the good that we know is coming, and actually enjoy the unfolding along way?
Abraham-Hicks tells us, “When you start relaxing and trusting in your worthiness, which means expecting good things to come to you, then you open all kinds of doors that you had barred, and you let all kinds of unseen forces assist you in ways that you were preventing before.” If we’re expecting a particular good to come, there’s no need to be anxious about when it will appear. We can relax and trust. Trusting our worthiness to be healthy, wealthy, happy, and fulfilled allows us to wait in a peaceful expectation that causes us to be naturally patient. Divine timing becomes our timing. We feel good as we wait. And, the better we feel as we wait, the better we feel about our life as it’s happening. And, the better we feel about our life as it’s happening, the more good we attract into our life each moment. We open doors in our life for good to flow into it in more expansive ways. We allow the unseen forces of the Universe in which we live to bring us the good we want, and then some. Our life is created to get better and better. We read in the Book of Malachi, “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.”
We may be waiting for our health to improve, and it is the energy of patient positive expectation that will affect that improvement. We may be waiting for time or money to buy a car, a house, or to travel, and it is the energy of patient positive expectation that will allow more abundance to flow to us. We may be waiting for a relationship to straighten out, and it is the energy of patient positive expectation that will allow it to happen. When we live in peaceful expectation of good, patience isn’t a waiting game. It extends peace into every area of our life. True patience isn’t about enduring the present moment with gritted teeth. It’s our ability to let go of our need to control how our good unfolds, and to actually appreciate the unfoldment.
Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The vibration of appreciation is the closest vibration that can be experienced by a human being to that of his non-physical core energy. Appreciation feels good in your powerful and important now, and it guarantees wonderful future experiences as the Universe responds again and again to your signal.” The “powerful and important now” is where it’s at because it’s where we’re at. In fact, we’ll never be anywhere else! It is here and now that our choices not only affect our life as it’s happening, but it is the place from which we call to us what we’ll experience next as our life unfolds. A vibration of appreciation is a powerful signal. Right now we are each sending out signals of appreciation or anxiety, peace or frustration. Abraham-Hicks tells us that our work is to “chill out and find peace with our self.” Are we ready to chill out and find peace with our self and the rhythm of our life? Peace and patience sends a signal to the Universe that we’re ready and willing to receive our good anytime!
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Did you ever have a day when it was so easy to see that everything is perfect in your world? Maybe it was day when you woke up, heard the birds singing, and spent a little extra time listening to and appreciating their happy morning songs. Maybe it was day a when you felt good in your body, and good about what was going on in the lives of your loved ones. Maybe it was a day in which you were so filled with a sense of well-being and ease that you found yourself humming, singing or dancing without even seeming to choose to. Hopefully we’ve all had plenty of those days. Life is supposed to feel good while we’re living it. “The joy is in the journey,” as they say.
On the other hand, did you ever have a day when it wasn’t so easy to see that everything is perfect in your world? Maybe it was a day that started out in a hurry. When you woke up, even though the birds were singing, you didn’t take time to truly listen because you had “pressing” things you needed to do. Maybe it was a day that included something physically uncomfortable, like a medical procedure, or some health condition that caused you not to feel so good in your body. Maybe something that seemed negative happened in the life of someone you love, so you didn’t feel calm in your emotions. And, as the day unfolded it was filled with such vivid contrast to the good that you wanted to feel that not only were you not spontaneously humming, singing or dancing, it was difficult to find your center of peace and well-being, and to remain there if you did find it. Ever had one of those days? Hopefully we’ve all had a only few of those days. Life is supposed to feel good while we’re living it, but some days it may not feel all that good.
But, that is when it’s truly important for us find a way, beyond the situations and conditions of the day, to feel good anyway, and to feel it as quickly as we can. Every moment we’re emitting a creative vibration, and a negative focus on what we don’t want makes matters worse. How can we uplift our self from within to a positive vibration when so much unwanted manifestation is going on? Abraham-Hicks tells us we can begin by thanking Source because “big contrast means big solutions.” We can choose to feel gratitude for our life, and grateful to God for the gift of spiritual independence from the world of events. As Jesus said so long ago, we can “Be in the world, but not of the world.” Albert Einstein said, “I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.” When we’re expecting “big solutions,” we’re ablt to swim in the silence of gratitude. We stop worrying about what has happened and what will happen next. We stop fighting against the situation by trying to humanly fix it, or trying to worry it into improvement. We mentally rest so that we can manifest the good we want to bring forth.
Eckhart Tolle wrote, “When you say ‘yes’ to the ‘is-ness’ of life, when you accept the moment as it is, you can feel a sense of spaciousness within you that is deeply peaceful.” The Peace that passes our understanding of why things happen, the Peace that transcends our need to figure it out or fix it our self, is always present right where we are. As we let go, and know that all is well, even when on the surface it doesn’t look that way, we feel a spaciousness within us that is deeply and unchangeably peaceful. It’s only from the vibration of that Holy Spiritual Center that we can call a good outcome to us. No matter what is happening as we participate in the world, we’re still free to allow a happy heart of gratitude and a mind of positivity to fill us with great expectations for good solutions. And great expectations of good will always bring about a good outcome for us, and support a good outcome for others.
We read in The Science of Mind, “To be able only to think and dream of freedom would not be liberty. To imagine, without the power to manifest that imagination, would be to remain in a sort of dream world which would never come to complete self-realization. This is not the world in which man lives at all, for man’s world is one of self-expression even though that expression appears at times to destroy him.” Freedom of will means we have the ability to think, say and do as we wish, to express life as we individually desire. And because this is so, we have the power to manifest our imagination. We are free to imagine the worst, and we’ll be right every time! We’re free to join in the doom and gloom conversations around us about our world, and to accept the worrisome predictions we hear as unavoidable facts for our future.
It’s not always easy to stay positive in a world that seems to fixate on, and almost celebrate, the negative. But since our thoughts affect what comes next for us, and the world we live in, it’s a good idea for us to use our free will to think in positive, uplifting way. Difficult or easy, it’s essential for us to find a way to center our self in peace, and trust that no matter how things appear to be, things are always working out for good for us and everyone around us. And when we know that’s true, things do!
No matter what is going on in any moment, even if on the surface it may seem like bad news, it isn’t an indication our freedom of choice has gone anywhere. We are still the One with the power to choose how we want to experience life. We are spiritual-vibrational beings of Love, living in a spiritual-vibrational Universe of Love that is organized and regulated by the Law of Attraction.
We are each an individualized expression of Love and one with all that exists. Our individualized self-expression makes us one-of-a kind. We could say that the “Kind” we are “one of ” is Love. We are each an individualization of the One Creation of Love, the Christ that is God’s only Creation.
In The Way of Transformation we read, “The only choice that matters is before you now, as it is always: Love or fear, resurrection or crucifixion, joy or suffering, unlimitedness or smallness. The choice is always yours.” This is true spiritual independence and freedom, and it is essential that we keep our spiritual gift in mind as we continue to move forward into this post pandemic manifest world and physically interact with each other, especially when things seem to keep changing in this physical realm every day. We can thank God that the spiritual realm remains beautifully unchanged and unchangeable. In The Science of Mind we read, “To suppose that a Divine Law could be broken would be to assume that man has the power to destroy Divine Harmony and wreck the universe with his actions.” With all the media focus on politics, conflict and hate, with all the climate changes, and with all the finger pointing at who’s right and who’s wrong on just about every subject, it certainly makes it appear we’ve wrecked the Universe with our actions, or at least our world in It!
Our world seems to be taking one step forward, and two steps back, in a tangled tango of fear. We are free to join that dance, or we can claim our freedom to dance to the rhythm of a different drum, one that resonates with the Holy Vibration of the Heart of Love. It doesn’t matter if we choose to interact with others with a mask or without one. It doesn’t matter is we choose to be with each other up close, at a social distance, or just by phone. What matters now, as it does always, is what’s motivating the choices we are making: Love or fear.
Mooji said, “Don’t waste time watching and reacting to the minds of others. Your own mind causes more trouble than the minds of everyone put together.” It doesn’t matter what others are thinking and doing, or why. It matters what we are thinking and doing, and why. It matters how we are individually choosing to see one another and be with one another. We took on these human forms so that we could experience each other physically, and be able to recognize each other in the Light that created us and Sources us still. Without the contrast of these physical forms that make us appear separate from each other, it would be difficult to make a distinction between us in the Oneness, and to express our self in diversity. But even with these bodies, we remain One in the One Holy Light of Christ that is God’s Only Creation.
We came here to dance, sing, make love, co-create, and celebrate life in this human experience, and create beautiful forms and experiences together. Mooji said, “We have all been uniquely and meticulously created in Divine Life, so that we can intimately hear and discern The Great Spirit of Love Abiding inside of our hearts.” There is so much we hear about how we should interact with each other, so much fighting against one another, and so much fear influencing decision-making that only serves to confuse us and to keep us from intimately hearing and discerning The Great Spirit of Love abiding inside of our heart and in the hearts of others. That’s why it is essential for us to center our self in the Love that created us, and let that Love guide us in our individual expression of Life in this world.
We are still the One with the power to choose how we want to experience life. One of a kind also means “according to the specifications of a particular individual; unique.” The question we may want ask our self as we interact with family, friends, coworkers, and strangers is this: “What are my specifications for my particular individualization of the One Love that is emanating from the Mind and Heart of God?” We may be out-picturing uniquely in our human images, but within us we are still spiritual beings of Light and Energy sharing One Universe together. There is no way of getting away from each other even if we never physically interact again! We’re all still One in the One.
Differences are nothing for us to fear. If we choose to live from a place of Love in our heart and mind, we can learn to honor each other as One of a Kind, the same Kind of Love we are. What we see is what we get. When we look at each other with eyes that see only Oneness with our Self, we find that no matter who we interact with, we experience that One as we are: a beautiful, harmless, unique One of Kind expression of Love.
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We read in The Science of Mind, “Freedom of will means the ability to do, say and think as one wishes; to express life as one personally desires.” Because everyone who lives in this world is spiritual within, that freedom belongs to everyone—no matter where, no matter who, no matter what. We believe this so much strongly that when it appears that some individuals are not free, we are willing to fight for their freedom. Yet, when some individuals express their freedom in ways that disagree with the way we think, and they behave in ways we don’t approve of, we may wish freedom didn’t belong to everyone!
But whether we agree or disagree, we can’t be free, individually, and experience our own independence and freedom unless we let go of our need to control anyone, but our self. A closed mind keeps judgments alive with the conviction that there no other way to see life but the way we see it, and no other way for anyone else to be in life but the way we believe they should be. When we try to control others, it is we, our self, that live in mental and emotional bondage. We’re imprisoned along with whatever judgments we hold in our mind because those judgments can’t get out unless we free them from the inside.
Ernest Holmes, the founder of The Science of Mind, was known as “the question mark” because as he the was formulating his spiritual philosophy, he sat down with scientists, philosophers, and individuals with varying religious views and a variety spiritual practices. And, as he asked question after question, he did so with an openness of mind that allowed him to see what he called “a thread of Truth” running through all things. Being “open at the top” in our mind is essential if we want to experience the independence and freedom that open-mindedness brings.
We all have our preferences for people, activities, food, music, art, and just about every other thing that can be seen, heard, tasted, touched, and smelled in this world. But freedom comes as we realize our preferences are just preferences, not Divine Declarations that anyone else must agree with or follow. As we come to understand that we have no Divine Authority to control anything but our self, we begin to let go of our need for anyone to do what we believe they’re supposed to be doing. And, as we allow others to express life as they individually choose to, we begin to feel more free to be our self without worry or concern that we’re not doing what we’re supposed to be doing. Open-mindedness allows us to live in harmony with the world around us. It allows us to appreciate the beauty of our diversity, and to embrace the views of others that differ from our own without anger or a need to change anyone’s mind. When our mind is open there is space for us to decide what we’ll focus on, and what we’ll allow to move through our mind and be gone from our attention.
Australian bush poet, Harry Morant wrote, “Live every day as if it were going to be your last, for one day you’re sure to be right.” If today were the last day of your life on Earth, how much time would you spend worrying about what other people are doing, or even watching the news? How much concern would occupy your mind about what others think of you? Would you not, instead, focus on happy thoughts, and allow yourself to feel as much happiness as you could feel today? Would you not allow your love for others to fill your heart and let go of anything that got in the way of that love? Would you not savor the appreciation you feel in being alive today?
Life is happening every moment whether we are mentally present as it’s happening or not. We can’t live life in retrospect. Even if we’re focused on the past, we are focusing on it in the present moment. If we’re thinking about something else, mentally off somewhere in the past or future, we don’t notice what’s going on within us, and around us, right where we are. And, then we miss out on the beautiful gift we’ve been given by Life, Itself, to experience our life every moment in any way we choose. We have to be present in the moments of our life to experience the moments of our life. Otherwise those moments will be gone before we know it and without our having known them. Thich Nhat Hahn wrote, “To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment and to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.”
We are the creator of our own experiences because we are the decider of our thoughts and attitudes about everything there is to have a thought or attitude about. We can call upon our spiritual independence and freedom to find joy in any moment if we choose to. And, when we don’t choose to, we forfeit all that spiritual power available to us in present moment and let how we experience life happen to us as if by chance or circumstance rather than by choice. Then we blame others for the way we feel.
In The Science of Mind we read, “As the Universe is run by an Infinite Mind, so man’s life is controlled by his thinking. Ignorance of this keeps him in bondage. Knowledge will free him.” It is essential for us to find a way to allow joy, love, and peace of mind into the moments of our life as those moments are happening. If we wait for something or someone to change first, that change may not happen in our life time. If we’ve been sitting on our asset of freewill, waiting for life to show us something to feel good about, or at least to feel less bad and sad about, it’s time for us to get up off our choices and use them to make joy happen for us by choosing it within us.
Scottish artist, writer and comedian, Sir William Connolly, said “Life is supposed to be fun. It’s not a job or occupation. We’re here only once and we should have a bit of a laugh.” If our mantra has been “Are we having fun yet?” and we don’t know the answer, there is no one in the world that can answer that question for us. Time is going to fly by whether we’re having fun or not. The choice to have fun is ours. There is nothing happening anywhere else for us except right where we are and what we’re aware of in the moment we’re there. The moments of our life are our life. There is no other life for us but our experience of it now.
Just because a situation in our life, right now, appears to have gone wrong, or seems to be going in a direction we’d rather it didn’t, doesn’t mean we’ve done anything wrong or we’ve lost our power to turn things around. No matter what may be going on in our life or the world, we’re free to choose happiness. And, when we do, happiness chooses us too! It’s drawn to us like a magnet. We experience happy improvements in our life—improvements in our health, in our relationships, and in all we do that reminds us we’re alive.
There may be certain things in our life we prefer to experience, and some we’d rather not go through, like medical tests and procedures, a conversation someone else initiates, a long drive in traffic. But, if we realize there is a thread of Truth running through all we do that connects us with all life as it’s happening, and that it’s not what’s happening but how we’re choosing to experience it that matters most, those “un-preferred” moments will have a more positive outcome.
Freewill means we are absolutely free to live in misery and no one can stop us. We can sit in a sunbeam and feel gloomy if we choose to. But, if we’d prefer to smile as we feel the sunshine on our face, if we’d rather live our life in as much happiness and peace mind as we can (and who wouldn’t if we truly knew we had a choice), we need to decide to focus on happy, healthy thoughts, to find a way to control our thinking rather than letting our thinking control us. We have the power and freedom to change negative thinking that brings misery into positive thinking that brings joy, no matter what’s going on. No one holds our thoughts in place but us. However, using that freedom will seem impossible to us if we look to a world that seems outside us, rather than to the power inside us, for the changes we want to experience in our life.
Zen Master, Shunryu Susuki, wrote: “Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right there in the imperfection is perfect reality.” Life is supposed to feel good while we’re living it. That’s why when we are sick or sad we say, “I’m not feeling good.” It’s actually an affirmation that Good is there to feel, but we’re just not feeling It. We may not feel Good sometimes, but we need to find a way to feel Good most time if we want to create life we enjoy living. Wouldn’t we rather live our life as if it’s meant to be enjoyed rather than filled with drama and struggle, and then perhaps find out later, after we’ve enjoyed life here on Earth and left it, that we were wrong; than to live life in this world as if it’s meant to be filled with drama and struggle rather than joy, and find out after we leave this world that we were wrong, that we could have enjoyed every moment of it!? Let’s not take any chances! Joy just may be the Key to Heaven!
We live in a Universe created by God’s Love, and God’s Love is Unconditional. We’re never punished by God here, and we won’t be punished in the hereafter. The Science of Mind tells us, “There is no sin but a mistake and no punishment but an inevitable consequence.” We punish our self by not loving our self and those around us. But even then, when we say in our mind, or through our words and actions, “I’m not feeling the Love,” it is still an affirmation that Love is there to feel, but we’re just not choosing to feel It. In The Way of Knowing we read, “For you cannot know Love until you have set all beings free. You cannot know your Creator until you love as your Creator loves. And, there is no one who is reading these words that does not long to know Love completely, to come home. To come home means to know Love.”
Isn’t it time for us to come home? Isn’t it time for us to open our mind and set every one free from our judgements, including our self? Being open at the top allows every condition, limitation and restriction to our loving to move through our mind and be gone from our attention. When we set all beings free, we become aware of the harmlessness of the Love that lives in us and in all that live in the world with us. An open mind allows more and more love to pour in until who we are overflows with Love. Ram Dass said that “we’re all just walking each other home.” Home to Love here and now. Home to Love hereafter and forever.
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Independence and freedom are natural to us as spiritual beings, even while we’re living in this human experience where we have a physical body, relationships with other physical beings, and human needs that seem, on the surface, to have the power to make us dependent on a world outside of us to take care of us. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The Truth is the Universe will always take care of you. Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time.”
When we depend on the outer world it is because we don’t feel our oneness with the Love of the Universe. We don’t trust that the Universe even knows we’re here, much less that It loves us and is providing all our needs (even when it looks like the world is providing it). We hold onto things. We hoard. We worry about where our good will come from, or if it will come at all. We’re unaware of our freedom to focus our mind on what we want, and open our heart to that Universal Love that will provide it, and that through our focus and openness to receiving, we’ll call to us all that we need to live a life of joy, peace, love, and abundant good. That why Jesus said long ago, for us to be in the world but not of the world.
Our independence from the world is essential if we want to experience the full spiritual package we’ve been given to fully express as our self in healthy and happy ways in the world. Independence and freedom are always present right where we are as our power to choose how we want to see the world, how we want to be in the world, and how we want to respond to the world we see. Our power to choose is so free that our choices don’t depend on any of our previous choices. Every day, and every moment throughout the day, we are free to make new choices.
The Universe is ever-expanding, and we are part of that expansion because we are part of the Universe. But so often what we think we know about our self, others and life keeps our mind from expanding in positive ways into the open space of more to know. Albert Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Imagination is the language of the soul. Pay attention to your imagination and you will discover all you need to be fulfilled.” The only thing we truly know for sure is that we exist. It’s the one thing no one had to tell us in order for us to know it. It’s all we need to know without a doubt because any self-concept that comes after the words “I am” is changeable.
Science tells us that every fact in this world is questionable, indefinite and changeable. So when it comes to the story we’re telling about our self in this world, facts are no different than fiction if what we’re telling doesn’t feel good to tell or limits our freedom to tell a new story about our self, others, and life. Life is Good and it will feel good to us if we let It. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Start telling a better-feeling story about the things that are important to you. Do not write your story like a factual documentary, weighing all the pros and cons of your experience. But instead tell the uplifting, fanciful, magical story of the wonder of your own life and watch what happens. It will feel like magic as your life begins to transform right before your eyes. But it is not by magic. It is by the power of the Laws of the Universe and your deliberate alignment with those laws.”
We live in the Universal Imagination of the Mind of God where everything is possible to us because anything we can imagine being, doing, having, and experiencing is ours for the asking. But often we don’t look for greater possibilities for us because we can’t imagine there is anything beyond what we’ve seen before and what we already know. We read in A Course in Miracles, “It is as needful that you recognize you made the world you see, as that you recognize that you did not create yourself. Nothing created not by your Creator has any influence over you.” There is so much we think we know about self and the world, so much we’ve made up, that need not continue to be so in our mind or in our life. We continue to see what we believe is true because we believe in it before it appears to us.
Since our life is always expanding, that expansion goes in the direction we send it with our thinking. We experience more and more of what we believe is true, and when we clutter our mind with limiting concepts about our self and life, that more and more actually appears as less and less. For example, the more we think “I am getting older” or “I am old,” the more we think “I am getting sick” or “I am sick,” the more we think “I am not able, capable or even interested in life,” the more we feel it to be true. And, the more we feel it’s true, the more it increases in our life. In same way, “I am not enough” or I don’t have enough” appears as less and less in our life because we are “expanding” our experience of lack and limitation. We read in the Book of Matthew, “Whoever has will be given more and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have even what they have will be taken from them.” In other words, “The rich get rich and the poor get poorer.”
A belief is a thought we continue think over and over again until it takes a position in our mind as factual and unchangeable. We don’t need to hold onto our beliefs because they stick with us until we choose to change our thinking. We can change any appearance of decrease in our life, declining health or shrinking abundance, by imagining something greater for our self. If we want to feel healthier, happier and more abundant, we need to open our mind to possibilities beyond the facts we see. When we empty our mind of the clutter of limiting concepts, happier, healthier, and life-enriching thoughts have space to flow into our awareness. The more we focus on those happy, healthy, life-enriching thoughts, and speak of our self in healthy, happy and life-enriching ways, over and over again, the more we feel it’s true. And the more true it feels, the more those things will increase in our life.
What if there is no reason for us to hold onto unpleasant memories, and we’re free to keep only happy memories alive in our mind? What if we stopped comparing yesterday’s happiness to our life today, and simply decided that today is going to be the happiest day of our life so far? We are free to change the story we’ve been telling about our self any time we choose to imagine something new about our self to tell. We all wanted to be seen in this world or else we wouldn’t have shown up in these visible physical forms! A good question to ask our self each day may be: “What story of life do I want to appear in today—a sequel to yesterday’s version of me or a brand new creative narrative of myself?” We write the story of our life as if it’s a documentary and the facts of our past human experiences have power over who we can be now or what comes next for us in this life. But facts are of the world, and we are of God even while we’re in this world, and with God all things are possible.
Shunryu Suzuki wrote in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything and it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” Do we want to be an expert of what’s already been thought of in this world, or do we want to open our mind to everything so that our life experiences aren’t limited by the already known. In this way we are able to bring something new into the world through our life.
A child’s mind is a beginner’s mind. It’s free of the clutter of facts, concepts and opinions, and open to the realm of imagination and magic. A young child can look at an empty cardboard box, and where we might see trash or an object for recycle, a child sees all its possibilities—a vehicle to ride in, a cave to hide in, a disguise to wear. Children expect the day to be filled with new things to learn about themselves and life. Their mind isn’t filled with “I already know that.” Is it any wonder that Jesus said, “Unless you turn and become as little children, you can not enter kingdom of heaven.” We’re taught in this world that the more we know, the more successful we’ll be in life. We send our children, with beautiful uncluttered minds, to school so that their minds can be filled with facts to parrot back to teachers, and then their worth graded by how many facts their mind can hold.
Because we’ve all learned that what you know is important, and even powerful, we admire the human intellect. But what if all that knowledge gets in the way of true knowing? What if it shrinks our ability to know more because our mental disc is full and no space is available for more? What if our old concepts keep us from seeing life in a magical, anything is possible, childlike way? Shunryu Suzuki wrote: “We should not hoard knowledge; we should be free from our knowledge.” The statement, “I don’t know,” is powerful because it frees our mind of limited knowledge- and allows it to be ready for anything and open to everything.
When we think we know someone based on our past experience of them or because of what someone’s said about them, our mind holds concepts that get in the way of our seeing the spiritual Truth about them, seeing them the way Love sees them: innocent and free of limiting concepts. If we’re having a problem getting along with someone, the quickest way to clear it up is for us to say within our self, “I don’t know who this person is.” In this way we open our awareness to more of who they truly are.
The poet, Rumi, wrote “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” We can begin each day as a know-it-all or with a beginner’s mind, trusting that we will always know what we need to know in the very moment we need to know it. We make the world we see appear as it does to us through the concepts we hold. But not one of those concepts is unchangeable. The thought, “I don’t know,” raises our vibration to a field of clarity where all we need to know is there. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “When you get free from views and words, reality reveals itself to you, and that is Nirvana.” And, that is the Kingdom of Heaven.
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As spiritual beings having a human experience, we are individually independent and free to live as we choose to live in this world—in the harmlessness, love, joy, and peace that creates a life we enjoy living. We can choose to be independent of the need to please those around us, especially when that pleasing doesn’t feel good to us or true about us. And, we can choose to be free from asking others to change in order for us to feel better. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “About other people’s opinions about what you should be doing and your belief that you should somehow be pleasing them, it’s impossible to please them, even if it’s just one of them. You can’t unravel your life. You can’t become less than you are. There’s no moving back from what life has caused you to become.”
Everything in this world changes every day. But sometimes changes in the world, and in us, are so subtle they’re hardly noticeable unless we’re paying close attention. But we would have had to be living with our eyes closed, ears plugged, and humming not to have noticed the drastic changes that have taken place in every way in the past year and a half. Even though some things may appear the same in the world, or in us, there is no going back to “the way it was” for the world, or the way we were in it, no longer is. The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus wrote, “No man ever steps in the same river twice for its not the same river and he’s not the same man.” Life flows. We can’t step into the same world today as we did yesterday for it’s not the same world and we’re not the same human being stepping into it. For better or worse we are forever changed by the intense human condition the world has been manifesting for almost two years. And what comes next, for better or worse, is up to us.
There is no going back to normal, whatever that was or how comfortable it may have felt, because like a river, life doesn’t move backwards. Life is ever-expanding and becoming new as It expands, and we are part of that expansion. But it’s up to you and me to let that newness be what we see in our self and others, to let the innocence of a new day, like a new born baby that’s never been before, heal our hindsight of what was and allow our vision to become clear with new, unlimited possibilities of what can be now. The past has no power to bring itself up. It’s life depends on us and how we remember it. We can let unhappy memories of yesterday make our heart bitter and contracted today, or we can let happy memories expand the joy we feel now. Living as a spiritual being is living in the freedom of here and now. It’s choosing who we want to be, and how we want to live this day no matter who we’ve been or how we’ve lived until today.We can’t change what happened yesterday, but we can change yesterday’s thoughts today. In fact, it’s the only place we can make that change. And, if we do, we’ll create something beautifully new for today and for all our tomorrows.
Everyday is a new dawn in which to create life in new way. Spiritual independence is allowing our self to tell a new story about our self. And, spiritual freedom is allowing others to do the same. So often we miss the new moment by expecting someone to behave in the same old way, and expecting them to bring out the same old reaction in us. And, sure enough they live up to our expectation, just like they always do! Do we brace for the unwanted experiences in our life even before they happen or do we embrace what we want by allowing our heart and mind to stay clear and open to newness? When we keep thinking the same thoughts over and over again, things appear to be the same over and over again, even though it is we who are bringing the old into a new moment that’s never been and letting the old cover up the new.
What if newness is God’s gift to us every day and we’re throwing it away on yesterday’s thoughts? When we hold others, or our self, in a non-changing perception in our mind, newness is impossible to see. Our old expectations make things foggy even on the clearest day. Spiritual freshness is a gift each day, but we can’t experience that freshness while we’re following the old rules others have made for us, or while we’re expecting others to follow the ones we’ve made for them. Spiritual freedom is following what feels true, good and pleasing to us in the moments of our life, and letting others do the same. When we do, through the Law of Attraction we discover that what feels good to us brings good to us. When spirituality becomes our reality we find we’re able to more freely express our self as the Love we are without placing conditions on our expression of Love. A Course in Miracles tells us that love is the absence of judgment.
Loving without conditions doesn’t mean we need to feel warm and fuzzy about everyone we encounter. It simply means that we need to stop judging them! Love is the highest vibration of freedom. The absence of judgment keeps our view clear of the residue of resistance. Without judgment, Love flows like a clear, sparkling river that reflects the sun. When we love without judgment, it brings clarity to our mind because our mind isn’t cluttered with shoulds and shouldn’ts about our self and others. It brings a feeling of well-being because we’re free of the mental and emotional conflict of deciding who we should love and why, and who we should condemn and why.
There are probably as many rules of human conduct as there are religions that seek to impose them on their followers, and to use them to condemn anyone who doesn’t follow the rules. It’s been said , “Religion is belief in someone else’s experience. Spirituality is having your own experience. Spirituality does not come from religion. It comes from our soul.” Rules are about controlling others or being controlled by others Spirituality is about mastering our self. To feel free to live from our soul, we must trust that the Universe in which we live wants us to be happy. Otherwise we won’t even ask for what we want, much less expect to get it.
When we’re guarded and self-protective we live in the fear we’re not worthy enough to be Sourced by Love with all we need to live the life we want to live. Sri Sri Rave Shankar said, “Know that there is a supreme power who loves you, is behind you, and accepts you totally. Feeling secure comes with this sense of belongingness.” Unlike social security, Spiritual Security is priceless, endless freedom. We qualify for it at any age, and it goes a whole lot farther in sourcing and supporting a life we enjoy. The good news is that we can’t out live it. In fact, it increases the more we feel It and live from It.
We’re created to become more and more of the Love we already are. We might as well start today. In fact, now is always perfect time! The more we sense our belongingness to a Universe of Love, the more we want to express that Love for our self and others, and the more we discover we have to give. What if we choose this day to see our self and others as if we’ve been reborn just this morning? What if we’re willing to awaken us to a greater appreciation of being our self and being with others as we truly are. When we feel excited about being our self, we feel our oneness with a Universe that loves us, is behind us, and accepts us totally no matter what we do. There is no greater independence or freedom than that!
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It’s been said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.” It’s important for us to remember that even though we are spiritually eternal, this Earth life is a limited time offer and has an expiration date. There’s no time to waste if we want to live in this world as a Master of our life unafraid of any disturbance around us, even if that disturbance appears in our own body. There’s no time to waste if we want to feel fully alive while we’re having this human experience by discovering the spiritual Truth of who we really are now, and who we’ve always been even before the world began. That Truth will set us free—free from fear, free from doubt, free from inner stress. And, we’ll find that worldly things have no power over our inner peace while we’re here.
How often have we said to our self or someone else, “I don’t have time today to think about spiritual things. I’ve got too much going on in my world, and way too much on my plate, to think about it right now.” But the only “spiritual thing” we ever need to think about is what thoughts to focus on in our mind that cause us to feel happy, easy, joyful, peaceful, loving, and open to our good. We read in The Science of Mind, “We deal only with thoughts, for thoughts are things. And if the thought is right the condition will be right.” If we think about something we want in life, our focus on it creates the mental-vibrational environment or atmosphere that will allow that thing to appear in our life.
Thoughts are invisible “things” that have a vibration, with or without our focus. When we’re focused on a certain thought, we join with its vibration. Whether that thought is positive or negative, our focus on it causes us to vibrate in perfect synchronization with it. Whether that thought is good or bad, happy or sad, we feel emotionally because we’re in vibrational resonance with it. What we focus on causes us to emit an energy that not only the Universe responds to, but others can feel and often respond to. We all know we can feel each other’s energy. It is the invisible vibration of our mental focus that attracts to us a visible form, expression or experience that matches that thought.
We’re free to focus on the conflicts and dramas in our life and in the world if we choose to, and to vibrate in a way that doesn’t feel good. But, as we do, it’s important for us to know that whatever thought we’re choosing is choosing us. It becomes part of our self-expression, and unless we change our focus to a more positive thought, that invisible negative vibration will eventually manifest visibly in our life. How will we know that our focus is bringing to us an experience we want or one we don’t want? By the way we feel. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Your emotion does not create. Emotion is your indicator of what you are already creating. As you think, you vibrate. And it is your vibrational offering that equals your point of attraction. So, what you are thinking and what is coming back to you is always a vibrational match. The emotion, your Guidance System, is telling you what’s coming. If we don’t feel good, what’s coming isn’t going to look so good. That’s why the key to creating a life we want is: “Don’t worry be happy.” It’s good spiritual practice and a powerful way to live! When we choose to be happy by focusing on thoughts that cause us to feel happy, our happiness is telling us what’s coming, and that it’s going to be good!
If we get news about our health or about a friend or family member that causes us to feel inner stress, if we see something on the street or on the news that is momentarily feels disturbing, our choice is either to remain disturbed or decide we’re going to think about something that feels better to think about. A happy, clear thought about something good that we can accept as true without any resistance, will change our vibration from a vibration of fear, doubt, or inner stress to a vibration of peace, calm and positive feelings about life. What we want to come next, and what we don’t want to come next, don’t vibrate at the same frequency. We could say, “change your frequency, change your life.”
Marianne Williamson wrote, “Nothing binds you except your thoughts, nothing limits you except your fear, and nothing controls you except your beliefs.” If we believe a situation will work out, that a problem will be resolved, we attract cooperative components—people, circumstances and events that match the vibration we’re emitting. In the same way, if we believe a problem won’t okay, we create mental obstacles that block our good from coming to us, and through us into our life.
What we experience in life is determined by what we focus on in the field of our mind. What we mentally focus on within that field shows up in form and expression in our life because through our point of view we project our mental images into the world we see around us. Everything we see “out there” is what we are seeing within our mind. It is a hard concept to grasp, but it’s essential that we do. The good news is we can prove it to our self by choosing to focus only on happy thoughts, just for one day, and then noticing what we attract into our experience.
We create our own happy outcomes in life by choosing to, no matter where we seem to be starting from in any situation. Whether it’s a health concern, discord in a relationship, a financial challenge, or any other disturbing situation, we can change our thinking, incrementally, from hopelessness to hope, from hope to positive expectation, and from positive expectation to joyous manifestation. We see what we expect to see, and what we expect to see causes it to appear to us. We all see life a bit differently, even when we agree on what we see, because we each view life, individually, within the field of our own mind. Wayne Dyer wrote, “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” Time goes by so fast that any time spent on worry, self-pity, guilt, or blame is a waste of time and energy, and that energy will continue to bring to us more of what we don’t want.
June has been such a wonderful month of wedding and graduation ceremonies celebrating the next step many individuals were taking in their life. We might want take a moment before the new month begins to reflect on the opportunities we’ve had this month to take a next step in our life. Did we take advantage of the priceless gift of time we were freely given to expand our awareness of our true nature as a powerful spiritual-vibrational being? Did we learn something wonderfully new about our self that we have no doubt now is true? Did we call upon that Truth to bring about healing in our life by uplifting the nature of our thoughts, and in the process did we uplift others with the high vibration of our true nature? In other words, did we discover anything new that felt good to know or did the month of June seem just so-so? It’s a good question to ask our self because how we’re feeling about June right now is letting us know what’s coming in July!
If we’re waiting for something or someone outside us to cause us to feel good about our self, if we’re waiting to feel good within us until those around us behave better, if we’re waiting for our health to improve before we start thinking healthy thoughts, or if we’re waiting to see more beauty around us until what we see on TV shows us the upside of life (rather than its underbelly), then we’re wasting our time on Earth waiting for he very thing that is Present now, the Truth of who we are and our power to choose for our self how we will feel. And we’re missing out on our ability to attract to us a life that feels happy, peaceful, and filled with love every day.
We be happy by choosing to be happy. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Being happy is the cornerstone of all that you are! Nothing is more important than that you feel good! And you have absolute and utter control about that because you can choose the thought that makes you worry or the thought that makes you happy, the things that thrills you or the things that worry you. You have the choice in every moment.” If you were to take inventory to see how often you think happy thoughts, and how often you’re worried, would you find that you’re happy most of time or not much of the time? And, if you discovered that you’re not feeling good about your life most of time, are you ready now to feel better? Are you ready to change your vibration and change your life by making the mental changes that will cause you to feel good?
Whether we’re physically like a track star, a couch potato, or somewhere in between, in every moment we have the power to move our mind. Taking the next mental step in accessing our spiritual power doesn’t require physical strength, it requires the strength of mental intention. There is nothing outside of us, or any physical condition of our body, that can stop us from changing our thinking and changing our life because everything we experience happens within the field of our mind before we ever see it in physical form.
Wayne Dyer wrote, “We can choose to function at a lower level of awareness and simply exist—caring for our possessions, eating, drinking, sleeping, and managing in the world as pawns of the elements. Or we can soar to new and higher levels of awareness allowing ourselves to transcend our environment and literally create a world of our own, a world of real magic.” The goodness, beauty, and holiness of Life is present with us, and within us, because we’re present within It. It is everywhere—high, low and deep within the field of our mind. We can choose to function at the lower level of a problem or we can choose to soar to a higher level of awareness where the solution already exists. We have within us all we need to experience a life that’s magical, no matter what our age or how dull things have seemed so far. We’re sourced by the Pure Positive Energy of God’s Love. We are free to transcend our current environment and create a happy world of our own. Some may call that “looking at the world through rose-colored glasses.” But those who know the Power of Mind call It “looking at the world from the Mind of God.”
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