Why it’s so fabulous to be poor and depressed.

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”  ~Albert Einstein

Yes, it is fabulous to be poor and depressed.  It’s great to be unemployed, unhealthy, undesirable, unloved, misunderstood,  or just plain lost.  If you were rich, beautiful, healthy, and comfortable, if you had everything that you desired then why would you want to change?  You wouldn’t.  Oh no, you’d think that all of this stuff was the cat’s pajama’s and you would feel no desire to rock the boat.  But, all of our boats need to be rocked.  We’re not here for the easy ride, we who have struggled.  We are here for the roller coaster, the ups and downs, the overs and unders, the roundabouts.  We don’t want a straight path to Easy Street.  Much too boring for us adventurous types.  We don’t want things handed to us on a silver platter, we weren’t born with a silver spoon.  If we had wanted that particular life, we would have ordered that particular life.  No, no, no.  That wouldn’t do for us.  We wanted to make some major changes in this lifetime.  We wanted to learn many, many hard lessons to spur us on to higher realms of spiritual insight.  We wanted SPIRITUAL GROWTH!  So we ordered the Twists of Terror ride, the Death and Destruction ride, the Please Make it Stop ride.  Yes, we are not too bright, but we make up for it in persistence, committment, and passion.  We want to know the truth.

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The Truth will set us free!!!

 

Yes, the Truth.  But, if you want to hear what that is again, and maybe this time it will stick (I’m still waiting for that to happen), here it is.  The truth is that you are the one that has made your life and only your own beliefs can change it.  Only when you truly believe that you are one with the Creative Force of the universe and able to manifest everything by being who you are, until you believe that, then the crazy ride continues.

Unlike popular belief, and my previous misguided notions, you don’t have to visualize every aspect of your life to get it.  The Creative All, this Energy of Pure Love, knows what your perfect path to happiness is.  All you have to do is believe and work towards what you think you want.  Oh, and it must be something that doesn’t hurt anyone else, it must be approached with love, and it must be what you love to do.  Do not do what you hate!!!   Never, never, never!!!  This is so very important.  If you are doing what you hate you are out of sync with the Pure Energy of Love!

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Yay for happiness!

If you feel irritated, angry, frustrated, or uneasy in any way when you are doing something then it’s not what you should be doing.  But, you can fill mundane occupations with love.  Like cooking supper.  I may not feel really excited about it, but I can change my thinking and infuse it with love.  I can use chopping vegetables as a meditative exercise.  I can think of the love I have for my family as I drop the veggies in the pot of soup.  I can appreciate what I have as I clean the house.  (okay, I’ve gone too far), but you know what I mean.  There are things that need to be done.  Do them with love, do them in a mindful way.  Know that you are heading in the right direction.

All in all,be thankful that we are such screwed up flawed individuals on our way to perfection!  Isn’t it fabulous to be poor and depressed?  It’s a study in the perfect motivation to grow spiritually.  Change is good.

Some perfect affirmations:

  • All of my “problems” lead me to greatness.
  • My life is the result of my beliefs.
  • I believe that the Perfect Life Force of the universe directs me to happiness.
  • I do everything with love.
  • I have complete faith that the universe is my friend and conspiring with me to perfect my life of health and  happiness.

Close your eyes and know that God loves you unconditionally and all you have to do is ask.  Then ask.

People don’t change.

“It is difficult to say what truth is, but sometimes it is so easy to recognize a falsehood.” ~Albert Einstein

Haven’t you heard that expression, ” People don’t change?”  And , if you take a look at people you see that, for the most part, it’s true.  People don’t change.  They live their whole lives doing pretty much the same thing.  And, why is that?  Come on, you gotta know this by now, if you’ve read even a few of these posts.  Yes, that’s right, it’s because they maintain the same beliefs, keep thinking the same thoughts, and having the same feelings.

Our consciousness produces our lives.  But, even more so, our subconscious produces our lives.  Our subconscious is the cradle of our beliefs which are formed when we are quite young.  If we don’t explore those beliefs and question them, seriously question them, then we will not change our patterns.

Are you exactly where you want to be right now in your life or do you crave a more fulfilling life that corresponds with your beliefs, integrity, and dreams?   If you are exactly where you want to be then you are thinking and feeling along the lines of growth and happiness.  If you’re not there, then it’s time to do a life review.

Sounds like way too much work, doesn’t it.  It is work, dammit!  You have to start asking questions, the hard ones, like “Why am I in the same type of situation that I always seem to end up in?”  Whether it’s your love life, home life, or work life, if you keep finding yourself having the same issues and predicaments then it’s time to take a good hard look at your thoughts and patterns of response.

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Do you want to change your profession, but every time you start to form plans for change the desperate voice of fear and failure lures you back into complacency?  It’s time to have faith!   You’ve done this before and too many times, at that!  Open yourself to the truth that the universe wants you to be happy and if you can see yourself happy and doing what you love then it will happen.  Allow the universe to flow through you.  Stop resisting with your negative feelings.  Open up to miracles.

Do you want to have a happy relationship but every time you meet someone they turn out to be less than what you want?  Start knowing how much you deserve to have a wonderful partner.  You won’t attract a healthy partner if you don’t believe you are worthy.  You are the most loved and adored being in the universe!   If you don’t believe it check out the link.  You are important to the consciousness and awakening of the whole world!  Until you believe this you will attract only those that would use you.  When you know your worth you will attract those who value you.  Then it is up to you to continue to believe in your excellence and not let fear creep in and tell you that it can’t be true, it won’t work out, you’re not good enough.  If you let this happen you will sabotage the relationship.  This happens when we first meet someone who is fabulous, then we freeze up with fear.  We either sabotage it or come up with excuses why it won’t work, such as we’re not in a good place, or we are too busy, or we start to nitpick at their personalities til we convince ourselves that they aren’t what we really want.

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If your home life is less than ideal, look at how you are thinking about your family.  Are you expecting love and respect or are you expecting mistreatment and victimhood?   Are you giving love and respect or are you looking for the negative and always finding it?

Be grateful for all you have and more will come to you.  Be aware of your feelings.  This is the most important step in changing your life.  When you feel bad it is a sign of negative beliefs and thoughts.  Use your emotions as you would use a GPS system.  If you feel bad, change course.  As you think so you become.  Be a brilliant light for yourself and for those with whom you hold influence.  People do change.  We just need to know that change is needed.  We need to review and make those changes.  You are fabulous!  You can do anything.  Now, change!

Affirmations with love and respect:

  • I hold all beings in love and respect.
  • I give to others that which is most important to them.
  • I deserve to have a happy and fulfilling life.
  • I live the life I desire.
  • All good things come to me.
  • I have an embarrassment of riches.

Imagine you are on a wonderful vacation with the ones you love.  You are all glowing with the love you feel for each other.  Life is amazing and you made it this way.

Domo Arigato, Dr. Emoto.

“Imagination is everything.  It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”  ~Albert Einstein

Have you heard of Dr. Emoto?  He’s been all over social media and consciousness documentaries like What the *Bleep* do We Know?  If you haven’t heard of him yet, or still want to hear more, then this is your Dr. Emoto primer.  First of all, can I congratulate you on your name, Dr. Emoto.  Are emoticons named after you?   For a man who has determined that inanimate objects respond to emotion your name (in our ethnocentric western world) is just perfect.

First a little on the inimitable Doctor.  Masuru Emoto is a Japanese man who started out with a degree in International Relations then studied Natural Medicine in India.  I haven’t read his book, The Hidden Messages in Water, so I don’t know why he started his study of the effect that outside abstract influences have on water.  In his study he used high-speed photography to take pictures of water that was frozen after having been subjected to written words, typed words, music, intentional emotions, and concepts like peace and anger.  How can a word taped to the outside of a glass container of water make a difference in how the  water inside behaves?

In quantum mechanics it has been shown that objects, like electrons, will act differently when being observed.  The observer influences the actions of the observed.   That’s pretty amazing when you think about it.   Dr. Masuru Emoto has taken that observation to water.  First, he studied water from different sources and found strong differences in how they formed crystals when frozen.  Some water, from polluted sources were unable to form crystals.  Now this all makes perfect sense to me.  There were probably pollutants in the water that inhibited crystal formation.  It’s what he did next that didn’t make sense in the scientific way.

He took two samples from the same source of water and exposed them to music.  The water exposed to the beautiful music formed a lovely crystal.  The water exposed to heavy metal music did not.  It was unable to form the typical hexagonal crystal of water.  We’ve all heard of the experiments in which plants were subjected to various types of music and how they responded, so this, too, is not beyond our ken.

 

 

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So, he continued to expand his research.  Next he tried using written words to influence the crystallization of the water.  this stretches the scope of our belief systems.  How can written words affect water.  He had containers of water from the same source and he attached different words to each container.   There were quite dramatic results.

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You make me sick, I will kill you.

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Love and encouragement.

 

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Thank you.

He used prayer on water.

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Dr Emoto tried many different way to influence water, from music, to written words, to thoughts and prayers and his results showed that there was a direct influence on the water.  It gives a whole new meaning to saying grace before meals.

And you know, the science community is calling it a lot of hooey.  And there are no experiments done by any others to corroborate, but I believe it.  Because I know that what we think and do affects everything in our lives.  So, call me crazy, but my Brita water pitcher has a peace sign and a heart and a smiley face on it.  I try to remember to realize that all my food is perfect for me.  I infuse love into my life and what goes into my body.

Is it real science, what Dr. Emoto does?  I don’t know.  I don’t care.  I just know about the transformational power of energy.  I know that the consciousness we focus on an object changes it.  I know that thoughts become things and that what we focus on is what our life becomes.  So, I’m going to focus on the positive and go from there.  I’m going to put some Mozart on for my water now.

Crystal Affirmations:

  • I know that my thoughts affect my life.
  • I use positive feelings and thoughts to improve my life and others.
  • I feel love, gratitude, and kindness towards myself and others.
  • I forgive myself and others.
  • I encourage myself on the path that brings me delight.
  • I see the best in people.

Before you eat or drink, infuse your food with love, gratitude, and perfection.  You are what you eat.

 

 

 

Challenge accepted.

“Our actions should be based on the ever-present awareness that human beings in their thinking, feeling, and acting are not free but are just as causally bound as the stars in their motion.” ~ Albert Einstein

When we accept less than perfect love into our souls then we are infecting ourselves with negative energy which we must then work to transform into positive.  We do not need to accept that which does not benefit us.  One of many stories attributed to the Buddha tells of any angry man who approached the Buddha and began to harass him, insult him, and provoke him.  The Buddha asked the man if he had any friends and family.  The man responded that he did.  The Buddha asked him if he ever gave any gifts to his friends.  The man said that he did.  The Buddha asked him what he would do if a friend refused the gift he gave.  The man replied that he would bring the gift home to his family and enjoy it with them.  The Buddha then said, “So it is with you today.  You have brought me a gift which I choose not to accept.”  This is how the Buddha lovingly taught the man that what is offered to us by others is not what we have to accept.

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Lately I have been using a form of affirmation that I never used before.   I would like to share it with you as I have found it very powerful in my life.  Love is greater than fear.  We are always offered either love or fear by others and we always offer either love or fear to others.  Using these new affirmations is reminding me of what I want to accept into my soul and offer to others.

  • I accept only love, compassion, and peace into my heart.
  • I offer only love, compassion, and peace to others.
  • I accept only courage, inspiration, and action for myself.
  • I offer only encouragement, inspiration, and help to others.
  • I accept only happiness and joy for myself.
  • I offer only happiness and joy to others.
  • I accept only love and respect for myself.
  • I offer only love and respect to others.
  • I accept only abundance and wealth for myself.
  • I offer only abundance and wealth to others.
  • I accept only generosity of spirit.
  • I offer only generosity of spirit.
  • I accept only perfect health and vibrance in my physical body.
  • I offer only perfect health and vibrance to others.
  • I recognize only the divine in myself.
  • I recognize only the divine in others.

We are in this body at this time for only a short while, but we can have an impact on the growth of our spiritual consciousness.  We can raise each other up or tear each other down.  We can accept only that which benefits and give only that which empowers love.  When you look in the mirror in the morning repeat these affirmations while looking into your own eyes and know how valuable you are to the enlightenment of all beings.  Offer only what you would offer to your most beloved and accept only what you would want for your most beloved, for you are most beloved.

Imagine that you walk into a restaurant by yourself.  You walk over to a table of strangers and one of them stands up.  What does s/he say to you?  How do you respond?  Are any words exchanged?  What happens?

Raise your hand if you ever thought you might be OCD.

“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” – Albert Einstein

Why could Albert be so happy with so little?  Because he was in the moment.  He sank into his favorite comfortable chair, Ohhhhhhhh.  He took a juicy bite of the fruit,  Mmmmmm.  He closed his eyes and listened to his favorite Mozart sonata,  Ahhhhhhhh.  Life is good.  Albert wasn’t thinking of all the other things going on in his life.  He wasn’t obsessing over some scientist who didn’t agree with his work, he wasn’t dreading an upcoming lecture to lay people about the Theory of Relativity.  He was completely in the moment.  If he had died then he would have died happy.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a problem that we hear about a lot.  We have all joked, at one time or another, that we suffer from OCD because, as humans, we do tend to obsess.  Sometimes I’ll be thinking about some issue while driving in the car or doing a chore that doesn’t require my full attention and I’ll notice that a good amount of time has passed and I’m still thinking of the same thing!  I’ll say to myself, “Why  the bleep am I still thinking about that (or them)?  Why?!!!!”  There’s usually at least one swear in the sentence.  Pick your own.

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I have a theory. No, it’s not as mind shattering as Albert’s whoppers.  My theory is that the ego uses these obsessions to keep us from living in the present moment.  The ego invents all of these dramas to keep us from realizing that we have everything we could possibly need in the present moment.  We can perceive every situation with a calm and peaceful mind if we so chose.  We can forego drama and crisis orientation.  We can live in peace if we want.

At this moment all I need is here.  At this moment I am perfectly happy.  I am washing the dishes and there is peace in my world.  I am shopping for groceries and I am happy.  I am brushing my teeth and there is no drama or discord.  I am talking with you and I am love.  Albert is happy with so little because we can actually be happy with nothing.  Happiness always has been and always will be an inside job.

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Yes, things will happen.  You don’t get what you want.  Someone is mean to you.  You will respond with sadness or anger.  Watch your sadness.  Observe your anger.  When you are ready, let it go.  Let it float away.  We are usually not upset about what we think we are upset about.  Sometimes we invent a crisis so that we don’t have to face something we deem unpleasant.  Whether it’s a task or a person, it is best to face it.  Sometimes we invent a drama because we are afraid to move forward, afraid to step away from the familiar and move on.  We obsess as a distraction and as an excuse to procrastinate; I have to deal with this drama now so I can’t move forward.  We are so very good at rationalizing our procrastination.   Be mindful.  Remember to ask why you are in a drama.  What are you trying to avoid?

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We won’t always get what we think we want.  Mostly because we really don’t want it, we are just using our wish as a diversion from facing ourselves.  But, we are only afraid to face ourselves when we don’t recognize our magnificent divinity.  If we realize who we really are then we will stop putting things off, stop wanting what is not important, we will stop obsessing about fictitious problems.  We can forgive ourselves (and others) for not being perfect and move on.

I will keep saying it.  I really don’t mind repeating myself.  You might mind, but I don’t!  Meditation is the best way to discover our true self.  Please check out the post on meditation if you haven’t yet started your practice.  Here’s a link to a great meditation book and CD.  When we realize what we truly are, we will relax.  Doesn’t that sound like a day at the spa?  Who needs a bowl of fruit?  Relax.  Calm.  Peace.  Joy.    Ahhhhhhh.

Some present affirmations:

  • I am peaceful when all around me is chaos.
  • I hold a center of peace and calm.
  • My thoughts are in my control.
  • I choose to think peaceful and loving thoughts.
  • I am a divine and magnificent being.
  • There is only love.

Imagine an instance where all around you are upset.  You are quiet and peaceful.  Nothing can affect your inner peace.

Do you have a great capacity for suffering? Then you have a great capacity for joy!

“If only I could give you some of my happiness so that you would never be sad or depressed again.”  ~Albert Einstein

One in four people suffer from depression.  Most people with whom I speak these days who are depressed have no problem talking about their medication, their therapists, and their issues. That’s a great step forward.  Our society’s historical views and response regarding depression can make those who live it feel ashamed.  People with depression feel they aren’t believed because there are no overt physical symptoms of their illness.  If one has diabetes there are blood tests to point to as truth of their disease, but with depression it is often thought to be all in your head.  There are no blood tests or visible scars to prove that you are sick.

Whether your scars are on your heart or on your face, you can suffer from shame.  You can feel as though you don’t belong in a world where happiness and beauty are the prerequisites for acceptance. “Snap out of it,” is a reaction many with depression have heard.  Often, people with depression are seen as weak, but their strength is actually what allows the suffering to continue.  They seem to have a greater capacity for suffering than those who have found a way to be happy.  They are strong people who live in despair, but still manage to live and function in a world that doesn’t accept their despair as real, further adding to their suffering.  Just as those with external scars continue to choose to live while feeling that they are damaged and different.

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No one has anything wrong with them. Everything we are is worth celebrating.  Our pain will, at some point, be more than we can live with.  We will realize that we have to change or the suffering will continue.  Suffering brings us to spiritual evolution. A large population of this planet is now going through a spiritual evolution because we can’t stand the pain anymore, the collective suffering as well as the personal. If we can accept who we are and that we suffer, then we can use our suffering to grow. The person with the scar across their face or chest can feel as much shame (sometimes more) as someone who is depressed and their lesson may be the same as the person with depression; happiness is not an outside job.  It will not be cured externally, but from the heart and soul.  Suffering leads us to try another path because the one we are on is too painful. Usually it’s the self hate that is too painful, the shame of being who we are.

To paraphrase Eckhart Tolle, if you aren’t ready to change you haven’t suffered enough.  It can be a problem when we identify with our suffering.  It is extremely hard work to let go of suffering.  It takes constant vigilance over our thoughts, words, and actions.  It has been shown that when we smile or think happy thoughts specific areas of our brain are activated and chemicals are released into our body that perpetuate the feeling of happiness.  The same is true of depression.  When we are sad or angry certain brain centers are activated and certain chemicals released.  Not only that, when we repeatedly have thoughts of sadness or anger or resentment, jealousy, or any other negative emotion (or positive) certain neurons in the brain fire, after repeated firing a network is established.  This means you become hardwired in that emotion, thought, or feeling.  You become what you think about the most on a physiological level.  This science of brain formation and emotional brain response clearly shows how important it is to choose your thoughts and emotions wisely.  We must even choose our facial expression.  Smiling triggers good network connections in our brains.  You can change these networks through repetitive positive reinforcement.  Seems almost too easy.  But, it’s not.  Our repetitive thoughts and emotions which got us into this fix in the first place are now habitual and hardwired and we must change the habit, that takes vigilance!  Mindfulness of our thoughts is paramount in change.  And we need to be aware of our emotions which will let us know when we are having negative thoughts.  When we start to feel angry or sad we need to start thinking of something that brings us joy, we must be strict thought-masters.  Through repeated focus on an emotion we can become stuck in a gripping pattern of self empowerment or self-destruction.  This will not be a popular concept for some.  They will want to say that they have no control over their disease, over their emotions, or over their thoughts.  But, we all have control.   If you don’t believe that then at least entertain the idea that you have control of your thoughts.  You can change your beliefs.  You have control of your physical actions.

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Sometimes we see ourselves as a victim of the outside world when in fact our suffering, as our happiness, is connected to how we think of or perceive a situation.  When we choose to stay in our sadness we negate the suffering of others.  I am not saying that we should repress our feelings.  We need to feel them and observe them and follow our hearts.  We all suffer.  I’ve told the following story before.  A woman lost her child and went to the Buddha and asked why, why did she have to suffer in this way.  He sent her to the village to bring back a mustard seed from a home that had not known suffering.  She came back empty-handed.  The Buddha did not tell the woman she had no right to grieve.  Grieving is a healthy process.  It becomes unhealthy when we allow it to consume our life.  Some people need longer periods of grief, but at some point we must decide that we need an end to our suffering.  We all must go through the darkness, but knowing that we all go through the darkness and knowing that we all share suffering can be a help.  When Buddha said that life is suffering he meant that we all have our shadows, our sadness, but we must bring them into the light of truth.  All of our experiences happen for a reason; to bring us closer to the truth.  The truth of who we are.  We are all subject to pain and loss.  We are all subject to suffering.  We are all in this journey together.  When we start to accept and love ourselves as flawed beings we can start to remember our true self.   If we can accept who we are, with all of our scars, visible and invisible, we will be on the path to self-love and with that comes healing.

Accepting who we are without any shame for past actions, for our weakness, for our addictions, for our faults and imperfections is a simple thing and one of the hardest things in the world to do.  This is a truth; we can only give to others, love them unconditionally, and see without any judgment when we have completely accepted ourselves.

Accept your sadness knowing that you are not alone.  Accept your scars knowing that we are all scarred.  Accept your grief and let it heal you.  Nurture yourself and allow yourself periods of sadness and despair.  But, come back to hope.  Remember what you have to be grateful for.  Know that we all suffer and accept the truth in that.  Don’t be angry at yourself for suffering.  Don’t be ashamed of your sadness.  Remember that you have the strength that brought you through your despair and you can use that strength to bring yourself into the light.  You who have the strength to suffer have the strength to change.  Get help.  Reach out to compassionate friends and professionals, if needed.  But, please, don’t dwell in the darkness and think that is who you are.  You are love.  You are joy.

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Be mindful of your thoughts and actions.  This is not an easy process.  It takes vigilance and practice.  It takes determination and desire.  One of the best ways to connect with the healing light of your soul is through meditation.  Meditation, sitting in stillness, brings us closer to our true being, which is love.  Peace comes from knowing that only love is real.  Don’t let sadness take over your thoughts.  Be your own savior and go through your darkness.  Meditate daily.  Be present in your commitment to be happy.  See the light at the end of the tunnel.

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When you meditate use the “I am” meditation.  Sit quietly and comfortably.  Repeat in your mind “I am” mantras, such as “I am peace” or “I am joy.”  Return to your mantra whenever you drift to thoughts.  Don’t get impatient with yourself.  It is a practice.  Dont feel that you won’t get there.  You will.  Take time everyday for physical activity and outdoor activity.  See the beauty in the world around you. Smile at strangers.  When you have sad thoughts, think of the things for which you are grateful.  Know that better times are here.  You deserve to be happy.  It is your birthright.

We live in a crazy world and it is easy to understand why anyone would be depressed.  To be happy in this world seems almost inconceivable.  To fit into a world gone mad is not normal or healthy.  But, we don’t have to fit in.  We can be ourselves.  Don’t let the outside world determine your inner life and feelings.   You can rise above it and be happy.  You have so much power to tap into.  Use it.  Ask for it.  Feel it.  Joy is yours.

Some uplifting affirmations you can also use as mantras in meditation on the way to happiness:

  • I am loved.
  • I am peace.
  • I am as good as anyone.
  • I am eternally grateful for the infinite abundance in all areas of my life.
  • I am love.
  • I am blessed.
  • I am joy.
  • I am loving.
  • I am  contributing to the happiness and spiritual growth of the world.
  • I am a divine and magnificent being.

Imagine yourself laughing with friends.  Imagine yourself doing something kind for someone else.  Smile and talk with people you don’t know.  Volunteer at the local food pantry or animal shelter.  Put love in your head.  Repeat these affirmations with a smile on your face and feel it.

A life of synchronicity. Or take the row boat.

“I never think of the future, it comes soon enough.”    -Albert Einstein

Worry, worry, worry.  If a friend is worrying, I ask them what they were worried about exactly one year ago.  They can never tell me.  And you know it’s not because there was nothing worrying them.  They can’t tell me because it really wasn’t that important and they have forgotten it.  Somehow, amazingly, the world didn’t come to an end.  We have made a national pastime of worrying!    What a neurotic lot we are!  Worry does not help!

Seeing the outcome that you want helps!  See the result you want whenever you are stressed out about something.  Don’t let the negative images of your worst fears take over your thoughts and emotions.  See what you want to happen with a clear image and a happy mind!  See exactly what you want the outcome to be.  Close your eyes, envision the happy ending, and feel yourself relieved with the result, being present with the result!  It is easier to imagine things if we see ourselves living our lives in those circumstances.  Remember when I asked you to see yourself doing something in the life of your dreams?  If I want a farm in the country, I envision myself working in the garden, enjoying the front porch,  gazing out from a window as I write overlooking the pond.  Don’t just say what you want, see what you want and feel the joy of living your perfect life.  When the universe feels the energy of your excitement and happiness it will respond with the same energy!

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If you don’t get what you envisioned right away, please have faith that there is a good reason.  The universe is putting all your ducks in a row and you’ll get the happiness you deserve!  And there is no one on earth who deserves happiness more than you!

If you want to leave the corporate rat race and start your own business, see it.  See yourself as successful!  Worrying how you will get the money for that business doesn’t help.  Worrying about who will help you with the business doesn’t help.  The universe will provide the opportunities and the people you need.  Never worry about the hows, whos, whens, and wheres.  Of course, don’t miss the opportunites.  Your intuition will help you to recognize them.

There is an old joke about a man who was swept away in a flood.  He asked God to save him.  He was dragged by the current to a woman sitting on a roof who offered to pull him up.  He declined because he had faith that God would deliver him.  A man came along in a row boat and offered to help him, he declined saying that God was going to help him.  A helicopter appeared and threw down a lifeline to him, but he declined again, his faith in God unwavering.  He drowned.  When he got to heaven he asked God why he didn’t save him.  God replied, “ I sent you the woman on the roof, the man in the boat, and a helicopter, what more could I do?”

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The universe will send us many ways to accomplish what we want.  Be open to them; trust your intuition.  The universe will send you messages.  It starts out quite simply, but if you ignore the messages they become more persistent.

Be attentive to patterns; seeing the same images in different places while you are considering something of which the image is representational means the universe is telling you something.  The universe is telling you to go for it or how to go for it.  If you want to become a veterinarian, but have your doubts, and suddenly your friends are telling you about their sick animals, you see a new billboard with puppies on it, and a stray cat appears on your doorstep, chances are you’re headed in the right direction and the universe is confirming it for you.

The universe wants you to be happy.  Listen to it telling you how to accomplish your desires and notice the opportunities it puts in your path.  Never will you be alone.  You will always have loving energy guiding you, sending you messages, and placing perfect conditions within your reach.  Trust that the universe loves you and wants you to succeed.  See yourself being happy as often as possible.  Feel the joy you have living your dreams!  Emotion is always the strongest message from and to the universe.  Feel the emotions you want to feel whenever you can!  Feel gratitude and contentment.  Feel peace and joy!   Feel successful!  Allow your perfect life to be.  It is already here.

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Realize your earthly desires by seeing them as already here.  Extraordinary things happen every day!  Miracles are part of your life!  Evolve into the best you can be by believing and feeling that you are the best you can be.  You are awesome.  Celebrate your fabulous life.  Enjoy your permanent vacation, because when you are doing what you love it is like being on a permanent vacation!   You are getting better with age, better every day.  Nurture your mind, your body, and your spirit.  Imagine you are the happiest person in the world!  You are!!

Take control of your thoughts.  Be a witness to your thoughts.  If you find yourself thinking thoughts that are not in alignment with your goals; change them!  It’s that easy (and that hard).  Change your thoughts and change your life.  Love your life!  Be playful, cheerful, and grateful!  You are the miracle.

Some miraculous affirmations:

  • I believe that no one deserves success and happiness more than I do.
  • The universe sends me all I need to be happy.
  • I trust my intuition and it sends me on the right course always.
  • My life is a series of synchronicities that make it perfect.
  • The universe is always by my side leading me to my happiness, my authentic life.

Imagine your perfect vacation with people you adore and who adore you!  What fun!

I challenge all Buddhists to give up the word attachment for a week.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ~Albert Einstein

In the Buddhist tradition the word attachment is used quite frequently.  It seems they are very attached to that word.  What would they do without the word attachment?  I challenge all Buddhists to give up the word attachment for a week.  No, no, no, of course not.  No one is attached to the word.  They could easily use another word.  But, if they are attached to being Buddhist, if that is an identiy in which they take pride and in which their self worth rests then they may have formed an attachment.  If ever anyone feels superior to another because of their spirituality or religion then they are attached.  They use their spirituality or religion as an identity form.  I am Catholic and therefore I am superior.  I will go to heaven and others(who are inferior and blind to the truth) will go to hell.  I am a born again Christian and I live a pure and righteous life.  I will go to heaven and the Catholics will go to hell.  I am an Atheist and I have a superior intellect and do not need religion to validate my existence.  I am quite a genius and I’m not going anywhere.

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We can become attached to so many things in the world. To ideas, to thoughts, places, and times.   Of course we are attached.  It would be unnatural not to be attached, wouldn’t it?  It really is all about the meaning of the word and how it is used.

Being attached is quite common.  You broke my beautiful crystal bowl!  I am now in pain.  You cut my hair the wrong way!  I am now in pain.  You dented my new car!   I am now in pain.   I don’t look like I did when I was twenty-five!  I am now in pain.  My child is not the most popular!  I am now in pain.  I don’t make as much money as you!  I am now in pain.  I am not thin!  I am now in pain.  The cake I baked tastes awful!  I am now in pain.  The party I gave was boring!  I am now in pain.  I’ll never be an artist!  I am now in pain.  I said something inappropriate!  I am now in pain.

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Attachments like these cause so much suffering.  Sooo much.  Crystal  bowls break, hair grows, cars rust, people age, everyone embarrasses themselves at one point or another.  Attachment is when a thing, belief, or identity owns you.  Non-attachment comes from seeing all but the Collective Consciousness as temporary.  Attachments not only cause suffering, they prevent us from trying to pursue our dreams.  We become so attached to our expectations that we are afraid to even attempt our dream.  If it doesn’t turn out exactly as we want then we will suffer.  Our fear of suffering causes us to suffer!  If we don’t pursue our dreams because we are attached to the outcome, because we fear failure, then we will live in constant suffering.   If we pursue our dreams and fail we will suffer.  But, we can overcome the fear and try again, we can decide not to become attached to the outcome and push forward knowing that we are living our dream.   What can be worse than inertia?  Inertia breeds despair.  Pursuing your dream breeds hope and enthusiasm.

Attachment to outcomes is generally not desirable.  I am not saying that nothing matters.  You can enjoy life very fully and completely by not being attached to outcomes.  It leaves you free to relax.  It leaves you free to enjoy without fear of suffering.  It leaves you free to enjoy the journey.  You can still play to win without being sorely dissappointed if you don’t win.  Let’s look at a big play off game.  One team loses.  One of the players on the losing team speaks with the sports announcer and congratulates the other team, he is smiling and looking forward to his time off.  Another team member steps up and chastises his team for not playing well enough.  He is extremely dissappointed and angry.  He cannot wait until next year and for the next few months he lives in his head thinking about what went wrong and dreaming of future wins.  He misses out on being in the present moment with his family and friends.  His expectations have turned his dream into a nightmare of suffering.  One can do their very best and still lose.  They can give it all they have, especially if they are adept at living in the present, and still fail.  It makes no sense to suffer over a loss.  It makes no sense to give up on trying, either.  Move on.  Live for the moment and try again without suffering.  Do your best and be happy no matter what the outcome.  The smartest people live their lives this way.  They know that suffering and worrying bring our energy down and they choose to function at their highest level of being.

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Suffering and worrying about expectations only invites more of the same into our lives.  It’s natural to feel the fear, but knowing this, move forward.  Know that all results are good and lead us closer to our dreams.  Have faith that the road we  are on is directed by our intuiton.  You are on the right path.  Believe it.  Walk it.  Move.  Do.

Being attached to outcome, no.  Moving forward in enthusiasm, yes.  Above all be present and enjoy the journey.

Enthusiastic affirmation:

  • My dreams are realized.
  • I move forward courageously knowing all results bring me closer to my dreams,
  • I believe in divine order and know that my dreams will manifest when I am ready.
  • I am ready and willing to accept the gifts of the universe.
  • I deserve to live my dreams.

Imagine yourself doing what you love to do.  See yourself happy and enthusiastic.  Move forward.

Abundance. Don’t worry about how, just allow!

“Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But there is no doubt in my mind that the lion belongs with it even if he cannot reveal himself to the eye all at once because of his huge dimension.” ~Albert Einstein

I’m feeling abundant today and what better time to write about it then when I’m feeling it so strongly!  I had to ask myself a question once.  What is it that stops me from being wealthy?  I waited for the answer and it came, because I think I don’t know how to make a lot of money.  I don’t have a plan, I have no business knowledge,  I don’t know where to start.   I don’t think I can become wealthy doing the things I know how to do.  Really, I have the entire universe at my disposal and I think I have to figure out how!

That’s just silly.  So I let go of the need to fight for wealth, the need to be in control of finding a way to get money and decided to leave it up to the universe.  You’ve heard all those expressions like Let it go, Just allow.  That’s what I’m doing.

In the past I had come up with a lot of ideas to make money and many I had seen come to fruition, just not by me.  By someone who knew that the universe would send along their support staff, the steps to take, the ideas.  I, on the other hand, imagined a million different obstacles in front of me and I was daunted.  Daunted many, many times.

Daunted by my lack of faith, by my ego wanting to be in control with its limiting beliefs.  By my FEAR!  Gosh, Fear you are my foe!  But, I will not fight with you and give you power.  I will let go and give up the struggle and the doubt because I know the universe is on my side.  I will allow the universe to send me what I need to succeed.

I don’t need a plan now, the universe will send me each step as I need to take it.  I don’t need to worry about who will help, the universe will send people when I need them.  People who know what I don’t.  People to guide me and assist me.  I don’t mean you just sit on your couch and wait for a knock on the door.  Take the obvious steps.  Search your questions on the web.   Talk with people you know and trust about your project.  Network to find people who can assist you on your quest.  Ask for help.  Put the energy out there and the work out there knowing that your needs and desires will be met.  The universe will see you moving in the direction of success and send a light to guide you on your way to abundance.

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This is a physical plane and we are here for a reason.  We are here to learn that we are not limited by our physical bodies, our beliefs, and our thoughts.  We can make our dreams come true if we trust and allow the universe to do its job.  This illusion of matter is just that, an illusion.  We are in control of the energy, the matrix of which all this physical illusion is made.  We can transform this energy into our life.  It’s not voodoo, it’s quantum physics.  We are the masters of our thoughts and our thoughts become things.  Let go of the limiting physcal beliefs we were raised with.  The earth is not flat.  The stars are not Gods.  The new paradigm which I believe is that we control our lives by controlling the energy that makes up this entire universe.  We can transform our thoughts and, therefore, our lives into whatever we want.  Our beliefs and thoughts cause our life experiences.

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It’s that simple!  And that hard.  We need to develop the habit of positive beliefs and thoughts.  Be mindful all the time of your beliefs and thoughts.  I used to say to myself, out loud, “What an idiot.”  Someone pointed it out to me and I didn’t believe them.  So, I became aware and realized that I, in fact, said that to myself.  What a self-defeating comment to make unconsciously on a fairly regular basis!   Be aware of your self talk.  Be your own voice of encouragement and support.  As in my post about dreams, be your own cheerleader.  Reinforcement of positive statements to yourself instills new and constructive belief systems in you precious bongo.  And you are precious!

I have recommeded this book a few times because I think it’s so good.  Wayne Dyer’s Wishes Fulfilled.  Believe in yourself and believe that you are all powerful and that you have some pretty amazing contacts ready to help you succeed.  You may not know them yet, but they are waiting for your belief!  YOu’ll be helping make their dreams come true, too.  Don’t force, don’t push, don’t worry.  Allow.

Abundant affirmations:

  • I am abundantly wealthy.
  • I am abundantly creative.
  • I am eternally grateful for my infinite abundance.
  • I have an abundance of happiness.
  • I have an abundance of friends.
  • i am open and ready to receive success.
  • I am abundance.

Imagine a huge party to celebrate your generosity to a charity!

Check out this book on the Law of Attraction. 

I complete me.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~Albert Einstein

Learn from yesterday!  Question your beliefs!  Okay, Albert.  But, what are our beliefs?  When we are young and impressionable anything we are told by people who hold authority over us may become a belief.  As toddlers and young children we hold certain people in esteem and look at them as having all the answers.  What we hear from them become our core beliefs.  This happens on a subconscious level and we are unaware of most of our core beliefs.  Or, we accept the ones we recognize without question.

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As adults it is almost impossible to look back and try to remember everything that was said to us by our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, religious leaders, coaches, and our “confident” friends who knew everything.  We really can’t determine what is buried in our subconscious, determining our actions and responses to life.  If our thoughts are dependent on our beliefs and we don’t know what our beliefs are, then how do we question them and change them.

We can first follow our thoughts backwards.  If you respond in a negative way to something, for instance you see someone who is obviously wealthy and you have a feeling of resentment, look into that belief.  It may be a small feeling and it may pass quickly before you correct your thinking, but it’s there.  We only resent someone if we feel we cannot have what they have.  If you resent rich people you may believe that you cannot be wealthy.  If you see someone who is very attractive, do you immediately resent them?  Do you believe that life is easy for them and they don’t have to exert any effort to get what they want?  Is that a belief you hold about attractive people?  What about different ethnic groups?   We really should, as Albert suggests, never stop questioning.

As a child if we see our parents treat one of our siblings in a more loving way than they treat us we may have a feeling of resentment toward that sibling because we feel we will never receive that kind of love or approval from our parents.  If you had a brother or sister that was more athletic, did better in school, was more attractive, you may believe you can never achieve success in these areas.  Whenever we react in a negative way toward a person we can look at the belief behind the feeling and start to realize what our erroneous beliefs are.  In realizing these false beliefs we can see how they no longer apply to our lives or concept of who we are.  You deserve health, wealth, love, and happiness.

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There are other ways to change our beliefs if we don’t know what is holding us back.  We can use repetitive thoughts to teach ourselves new beliefs.  Beliefs that we now know to be true and not just some traditonal or cultural dogma picked up as an impressionable child.  You now know that you deserve to be happy, healthy, wealthy, wise, safe, strong, and loved.  This is an affirmation that my younger daughter started repeating to herself years ago.  I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise, safe, strong, and loved.  She has it written down on a piece of paper on her dashboard so that she can see it whenever she is driving.  When she begins to feel negative she repeats it to herself.  If I say or do something negative she annoyingly says it to me!  She sings it sometimes.  I believe it is now in her DNA.

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Sometimes repeating the same affirmation over and over makes it stale and we don’t even hear the words.  But, if we can really think about them and say them with conviction and feeling, it makes them strong and it helps to change our beliefs.  I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise, safe, strong, and loved.  She chose these words because they sounded right to her.  They sounded complete to her.  What sounds complete to you?  I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise, safe, strong, and loved.  Would you add anything to your complete affirmation?

Think about this.  It’s a good queston.  What do I need to have and to be to lead a full life?  Write out your complete affirmation and put it in your wallet.  Tape it to the dashboard.  Stick it on your mirror.  Put it on your bedside table.  Having a new affirmation everyday is also a good idea.  It broadens our mind and gives us different ways to process the same ideas.  A book of affirmations or a calenday for a daily affirmation can be very helpful.  Look into what’s available from Louise HayMike Dooley, and Paulo Coehlo, There are many more available for inspiration.

It’s a good idea to stay inspired by reading a variety of inpirational authors.  Follow this blog for inspiration and check out others.  I read inspirational material everyday to help keep me moving forward, to help me learn and grow.  I need to feed my soul!  Feed yours!

Feed your soul with these affirmations:

  • I am open to the gifts from the universe!
  • All good things come to me.
  • I enjoy life to the fullest.
  • I appreciate all that I have.
  • I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise, safe, strong, and loved.

Imagine that you’ve just completed a project you have been putting off.  Feel the wonderful satisfaction of a job well done.