Interpreting Your Life

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” ~Albert Einstein

In a previous post I talked a little bit about symbols in dreams.  The same archetypes and symbols we use to interpret dreams are present during our waking hours.  Our lives can be interpreted just as our dreams can.  AFter all, they’re both illusions!

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Let’s start with some basics.  For instance our cars.  Our cars represent our path in life.  When we have a problem with our car we can use that to find out what the issue is in our life with which we must deal.

For instance, if your car runs out of gas, that’s fairly easy to interpret.  We use that expression to describe people already.  I ran out of gas simply means you overextended your physical energy.  You probably need to get some more sleep or use a better, healthier fuel for your body.  Perhaps you’re living on junk food or other unhealthy food and you should be using premium fuel for your body.  On the next level it may mean you are not feeding yourself emotionally or intellectually.  On the an even higher level it may mean you are not fueling your spiritual growth.  Can you see how these symbols work on different levels depending on where you are in life or just depending on what area of your life it applies?  Your intuition will tell you what the level is.

When the brakes in your car are failing then perhaps you are going to fast in some area of your life and need to apply the brakes.  Did you meet someone and are running headlong into a relationship? Perhaps you should slow down.  Reevaluate.  You need to stop and assess the area in your life to which it applies.  Put on the brakes and slow down.

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Windshield wipers not working well?  Windshields cracked or broken.  Any type of window represents your sight, what you see, and how you see it.  Again, this applies to your physical sight as well as emotional, intellectual, and spiritual sight.  How are you looking at things? Is your vision of what is real is cracked, distorted, and unhealthy.  Are you blinding yourself to something in your life that you don’t want to see?  Are you seeing things without assuming, without prejudice, without anger.  Try to be as honest with yourself as you can be and make sure you see people and events in your life clearly, with good perspective.  Try to see things in their best light, but at the very least don’t make assumptions.

Electrical system out of wack?  Are you putting your energy into the wrong area of your life?  Prioritize.

Got rear-ended by another driver?  Do you need to give yourself a push, motivate yourself, do something you’ve been putting off, because you just got a kick in the butt.

Rear ended someone else?  You’re not seeing what is right in front of you.  You need to reassess so that you don’t end up crashing and burning.  Or, alternately, are you pushing yourself or someone else in a path that is not the right one?  Are you following your authentic life or will you come to another dead-end?  You can use your car to help understand your life.  If you find you are making wrong turns and getting lost frequently then maybe you need to reassess the direction your life is going in because you may be headed the wrong way.

Think of other ways the car and the roads you drive may represent your life.  Do you keep hitting potholes?  Is your car overheating?   Does the heater work?  Does the air conditioning work?

Your home represents you.  The basement is below the living area.  It represents the subconscious.  Is your basement full of junk?  If it is, you have issues in your subconscious to deal with, probably long held beliefs that are erroneous.  Examine your beliefs and make sure they align with your consciousness.  And clean out your basement in real life as a symbol of your commitment to growth.

The attic is at the top of the house.  It represents your mind.  Is the attic full of clutter?   Perhaps your mind is always racing and you need to practice stillness and be more mindful of your thoughts.  Declutter your thinking.  You tend to replay old thoughts and patterns in your mind.  YOu may hold on to petty injustices and resentments.  Try meditating to still your mind.   Forgive.  And empty your attic.

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The kitchen is often called the heart of the home.  Is it a place in which you want to spend time?  If it is big enough, do people congregate there or do you prefer them to be in the living areas.  If you do then perhaps you need to open your heart more and let people in. You may not be letting them get close.  Be more emotionally intimate, allow yourself to be vulnerable and open to love and life.  Invite people into your kitchen and your heart.

Is your living room a place that you sit and watch TV or a place that you share in community with family or friends?  If it’s TV, then perhaps you are escaping from life and avoiding your dreams and fears.  Don’t escape from life in your living room.    Make your living room a place of community and growth.

Is your bedroom a mess?  The bedroom would represent the private you, or if in relationship, it may represent the relationship.  If it is cluttered and messy, it may be a sign that you may not take the time to nurture yourself or that you don’t feel you are worth the effort.  Or that you are not giving your relationship the attention it deserves.  Make your bedroom a sanctuary, so that you will nurture yourself and so that your relationship will be a place of trust and tranquility.  Throw in some passion, too.

Is your front yard full of weeds or a place of beauty?  The front yard often represents your future.  If it is full of weeds it is a sign that you may feel hopeless about your future.  If it’s a place of beauty; you may be putting on a good face and want everyone to think that your life is wonderful and you have it all together.  Is it a false facade to prevent people from seeing the real you, because you feel that the real you is not worth seeing?  This is especially true if the inside of your house is kind of a mess.  Conversely it may mean that you feel good about your future and yourself.

Is you backyard a mess or well done?  The back yard represents your past.  Have you cleaned up the old beliefs and indoctrination?  Have you dealt with past hurts and anger?  If your back yard is in good shape than your dealings with your past probably are, too.

From seeing these examples of how things in your life represent your journey you can extrapolate from here and find other ways in which the universe is trying to open your eyes to promote your growth and happiness.  I believe in universal symbols, archetypes, such as the warrior, the Goddess, the lion, but we also have cultural and personal symbols.  I think that in China an elephant is considered a symbol of wisdom, while in America the owl signifies wisdom.  On a personal level you have your own symbols.  Some might see the color green as representing money while others may think gold symbolizes wealth.  Try to see if you can identify any of your personal symbols as you explore this tool.

What are some of the symbols in these examples that ring true for you?  Tell us about some of your experiences and how you recognized what they meant in your life and beliefs.   Or after reading this you may look back on events and say. “Aha!  That’s what that meant!”  Don’t expect to wake up from this dream for a while.  The good thing is you’re not likely to forget it.

Some symbolic affirmations:

  • My intuition helps me recognize the symbols in my life.
  • I use the symbols the universe sends me to learn and grow.
  • My physical life represents my spiritual growth.  I will be aware of the messages given to me.
  • I use symbols in my surroundings to help me on my path.

Imagine that your life is a dream and interpret it.

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?

Who has the most toys?

“A life directed chiefly toward the fulfillment of personal desires will sooner or later always lead to bitter dissappointment.”   ~Albert Einstein

In the end it’s really not about who has the most toys, is it?  It’s about who gave the most love.  Nurses often hear death bed regrets.  No one ever regrets not working enough hours, they regret not spending enough time with the people they loved.  No one ever regrets doing something and failing if they gave it a real try.  They regret not trying to do something that they always wanted to do.

A life trying to acquire is a life searching for happiness outside of ourselves.  George Carlin said it best.  Yes, even better than the Professor, but you didn’t hear that from me.  George said, “Trying  to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.”  I’m sure that Albert would agree.

Albert didn’t think much of possessions.  He wore the same clothes every day because he couldn’t be bothered with picking out clothing to wear.  It was a uniform of sorts.  Things did not float his boat.  Possessions had no importance.  He enjoyed the peace of not caring what others thought about him.

Our desire for many of the things we want stems from the media and our concern that we aren’t keeping up appearances.  do you recognize the voice of your ego?  Do we have the right clothes for that occassion, do we drive the right car, do we go to the right restaurants, do we …….?  Often we are not even conscious of our way down deep real personal gut desires, our purpose.  We are too busy trying to keep up with the things we want and think we need.  We work too much to buy these things.  We worry too much about having them.  We think that when we get our dream house we’ll be happy, when we find the perfect sofa for the living room, when we find our true love, when we get the job we want.  We put off happiness until we get what we think we want only to be on our death bed saying, “Dang, I didn’t need that.  I don’t care if I had an Austin Martin or a vacation home or a new pair of shoes.  Paying for all that crap took way too much time away from the people I loved and the experiences I dreamed about.  I never even really tried to write that book. I never went back country camping in the winter (we all have our individual dreams!), I never told my kids how proud I am of them.  I never dared to sing Karaoke.  I wore clothes that made me fit in, but didn’t fit my personality.  I should have got a dog, I always wanted one….”  Ask youself now, where does my happiness lie?  Take some time today and think about it.  If you have no idea just relax and put the question out there knowing that the universe will bring you an answer.  Allow it to bringthe answer to you rather than pushing to find out.  Let go, relax and let the universe guide you.

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One might say, vacations are so much fun; they cost a lot and I have to work to pay for them.  Remember when you were a little kid and you didn’t have any stress and every day was a vacation!  Yes, every day you did your duty by playing.  Now, what if you scaled back on the stressful bills and big house and on and on and instead just decided to do your duty and play.  Sure you’ll work, but not to buy stuff.  You’ll work enough to pay for the necessities.  You’ll work enough to get by and have more time to play.

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Have a vegetable garden, learn an instrument, dance around the house, write that book, go camping.  Your life will be a vacation.  And what happens when you do things you love and enjoy and feel that wild ‘I love life’ exuburance?  The universe will send you more joyful experiences.  Reflecting your bliss right back in your face!  So don’t worry about where the money will come from to enjoy life without working constantly.  Your enthusiasm is like a message to the universe that you want more of the same! Know the universe provides enjoyment to those who enjoy.

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But aren’t I always saying that you can have whatever you want.  And you can.  If you see yourself as wealthy, you will get it, if you believe that you deserve it, etc.  Will it make you happy or should you just go ahead and tape those bologna sandwiches to your shirt?  If your goal is momentary, temporary happiness attach it to things.  If you want lasting happiness, it comes from your heart.  If you want lasting happiness, do what brings a smile to your face and visualize yourself doing things that you enjoy.  Just imagine yourself telling your friends how unbelievably happy you are now the you’re living your own life.  There is a family that does this, they have stopped caring what others think of them and live a simple, but much happier life.  They are the Economides.  We could all take a few pages from their book!   You can have both!  Follow your heart and live in your very own unique way.  All will be well.

Happy Affirmations

I am grateful for the happy people and experiences that enhance my life.

I attract happy people and we enjoy each others company.

I am eternally grateful for my ability to find the best in any situation.

I smile at people I don’t know.  I send them love and blessings.

I am happy to be of service.

I find fulfillment in my daily life.

Imagine yourself celebrating and laughing with friends and family.

Sleep well, my love, for your new life is here.

“…no illusions lulled him to sleep except for an often exaggerated faith in his own ideas.” ~Albert Einstein

Science has determined that it takes the average person between 10-20 minutes to fall asleep.  From personal experience I’d say that’s about right.  If I’m exhauseted or in sleep debt it takes less than 5 minutes.  If I’m stressed, more than 20 minutes.  I’m happy to say that doesn’t happen much anymore since I decided to use my last 10-20 minutes of my day in a positive way which will enhance my life.

Many years ago it would almost always take me half an hour to an hour to get to sleep.  I remember expecially stressfull times when it would take forever to get to sleep and then I would wake in the middle of the night and be unable to go back to sleep.  I drove myself crazy.

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I called it the endless tape loop.  I would lie down at night, get comfortable, and then start to replay all the terrible things in my life.  That was the time of my victim mentality.   I was the victim of the awful and mean things people did to me.  I was a victim of their selfishness and their thoughtlessness.  I was a victim of financial woes and career issues.  Poor me.  I would play this tape over and over while imagining even more soon to be dramas!  Most of the dramas never happened, but that didn’t stop my imagination from seeing them all in their sick and twisted glory.

I shudder to remember those times.  That is over.  I am thankful for it as a learning experience.  I now use my time in bed before I fall asleep to think of positive events and people in my life and to give thanks for them.  But, mostly, I use this time to see the future that I want and to feel as if it is actually  here.  I expect the life of my dreams to come true and I use this time at night to see myself enjoying my life fulfilled and feeling the feelings of it in the present moment.  It is one thing to visualize  your life or to say an affirmation, it is a much more powerful thing to feel the joy of living your real life, the one that fills you with enthusiasm and delight as you picture it in your mind.  Before you go to sleep at night feel the joy and happiness of your perfect life as you see it enacted in your imagination.  Act as though it is already here.  Feel as though it is already here.  Make plans in your head as though that life is already here.  See your plans as accomplished and feel the sense of fulfillment and satisfaction you have from making your dreams a reality!

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You will go to sleep and all of these wonderful feelings and pictures will work in your subconscious, which is the Collective, the Source, the Creative Force.  These dreams will be mainifested even faster.  During your waking hours work on making your dreams a reality with the expectation that it will succeed perfectly.  Do not be anxious about how.  Do not listen to anyone else’s opinion of your dreams.  Have you heard of the book What You Think of Me is None of My Business?  The title says it all.  You are responsible for your beliefs, your thoughts, and the life you manifest.  It doesn’t matter what any other person thinks, what any facts are, what any study or survey shows; you are responsible for manifesting your life.   Congratulations, you now know that you have all the power!  Expect it.  Do it.  Celebrate it!  Woohoo!

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Say’em like ya mean’em.

  • I am living the life of my dreams.
  • All things I expect with complete belief come true.
  • I use my time wisely.
  • I feel the joy of a life fulfilled.
  • My dreams are my reality.
  • I deserve a wonderful and fulfilling happy life!

Imagine yourself being congratulated for something wonderful that has happened to you, because of you!

Sometimes you’re sad.

“I know what’s wrong, dear fellow, but I don’t know how to turn it off.”  ~Albert Einstein

We’ve talked about how changing our thoughts and emotions can have a positive influence on our lives and I’m sure at one point or another you’ve said, “Sure, easy to say, but when you’re in the middle of it, it’s not so easy to do.”  It’s true, it’s not easy to do.  We all have sad or angry or anxious emotional experiences, what some call “negative” emotions.  What a terrible place this world would be if we didn’t.  We need this duality of emotions.  How can we feel joy if we haven’t felt despair?  This is part of what makes us human.  We help each other through difficult times.  We love and support each other.

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If you’ve lost someone, whether it’s through death, divorce, or distance; no matter what the reason, you are going to feel sad.  That’s only natural.  Fighting your feelings of sadness is only going to cause more conflict in your emotions.  Instead, allow those feelings.  Look at them.  Give yourself permission to be sad for as long as it takes.  Watch how the emotion takes over your physical body as you cry or scream.  Know that though you feel sad it will pass.  It may come back, and that’s okay.  We have to feel these emotions or they won’t let go.  Fighting somethng is giving energy to it.  When we can, watching our emotions really helps.  For some reason, taking a step back while you feel sadness or anger or whatever it is that you’re feeling, and being present with it, helps.  It’s almost like watching someone else feel the emotion, though as you’ll see, you’ll definitely feel them.  I don’t know why, but after we stay with these emotions for as long as we need to, we can leave them, knowing they may come back, but also knowing that we can live with them and, very importantly, function with them.  Everyone has their own way of grieving, a personal way of living with loss, allow yourself grief.  You may feel overwhelmed at times, please know that you are loved.  Again, whether through death, divorce, or distance the loss is a sadness.  During holidays, celebrations, anniversaries, birthdays, it will return full force.  When you lose another person, all the other losses will come back full force.  Feel them, love yourself through them.  Allow yourself these feelings.

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If someone betrays us we are going to feel hurt.  Even if we lose them because we have grown in different ways, it’s going to hurt.  We need to feel that sadness or anger.  It’s not just going to dissipate by itself.  When we feel these “negative” emotions we don’t need to judge ourselves and wonder why we can’t control our emotions.  With some time we will be able to control them if the circumstances call for it, but with a fresh wound we need to stop the bleeding and go through the pain until we can adapt to it and find ways to function with it.  The wounds will heal with enough time.  It is good to know that all things have a season.  There may always be a feeling of loss, but the despair will pass.  Sometimes the feeling of loss will be replaced with beautiful memories.   The love will always be present.

You are the love.  You are the one that makes you happy.  The first time you realize that you are really happy after a period of grief it is usually a relief, but often frightening because you realize that you can go on without the person that you lost.  It may be frightening because you are afraid, on a deep level, that if you attach to the happiness you will experince loss again.  You probably will experience loss again.  When you lose someone through death, it may seem as though you are betraying that person, there may be a feeling of guilt that you survived the loss.  Allow this emotion, too.   Don’t judge.  Just be and love yourself.

You will experience happiness again.   I don’t mean the person you lost didn’t add to your life or that you didn’t love them, but your happiness was never dependent on them.  They may have been part of the experience, a very important part of your journey, but the happiness has always been internal.  They may have been a huge part of your life, but they were not the cause of your happiness or your pain.  You are the love and you are the joy.

Every loss we’ve had, whether it’s a person, a way or life, or a thing, happened to us for a reason.  It has helped us grow.  It has made us who we are.  If we can allow ourselves to experience that loss and feel that loss we will be better for it.  And all of our losses will bring us to a place where we have a deeper knowing of who we are.  We are not this body we live in.  We are an eternal being of love.  In eternity we have everything.

Allowing ourselves to feel deep dark emotions without judgment is so very important.  Self love is our way of healing and if we are condemning ourselves then we are not loving ourselves.  Everyone goes through the darkness.  If they don’t then they can’t heal.  Accept that you need some time to feel sad or angry.  Love yourself through it.  Nurture yourself through it.  With this wonderful self love you will heal.  The universe will recognize that you love youraelf and are allowing yourself time to heal.  It will help you remember who you are.  Take your time and allow yourself whatever you need to get back on your path to bliss.  It will still be there when you’re ready.

Allowing affirmations;

I allow myself time to heal.

I nurture myself when I need it.

I respect my feelings and allow them to teach and heal me.

I am grateful for the love I feel for myself.

I am grateful for all who help me in the dark times on my journey.

I know that I am the love and happiness.

Imagine yourself enveloped in a warm, soft cloud and rest there peacefully whenever you need respite from the world.

Love is your natural vibration

“When the solution is simple. God is answering.”  ~ Albert Einstein

Our energy, our very personal vibration reflects who we are.  It is who we are.  Whatever vibrational frequency we are currently at, whether it is of love or fear, is what the universe is vibrating back to us.   It’s that simple.  Knowing this, it only makes sense to vibrate at the frequency of love!  Love does not need an object.  Love just is.  You can feel love when you are all alone.  You can feel love in a huge crowd of strangers.  Love is an energy.  It does not need a receiver.  You are the transmitter.  You are the source.  Love, gratitude, abundance are all of your own wonderful positive energies.

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Feel them.  Explore how wonderful those emotions feel.  As you realize the positive influence these thoughts have on your emotions, as well as the well being of all with whom you come into contact, it will simply initiate more positive thoughts and interactions.  More positive emotions will follow.  The universe will have trouble keeping up with you!

We can use our power to change our lives and change the world.   We can have anything we desire.  That is how powerful we are.  Start to see the life you want and start to see the world in which you wish to live.   Know that wish is a reality!  FAITH in your ability to effect change simply by transforming your energy is the KEY to your power.  Words are stronger than thoughts and actions are stronger than words.  They all carry power, but it starts with our thoughts.  That’s why being mindful of our thoughts is so important.  (Notice how I repeat that concept, it’s  the simple path to happiness!)

Think about your energy.  When does it feel the most intense?  If you’re like me it’s when you’re feeling a strong emotion.  Emotion will always increase the strength of your vibration, whether good or bad.   When you imagine something, or are practicing your visualizations, use the power of your amazing emotions and get things moving at a more rapid pace!

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If you did nothing but feel love all the time your energy would attract the pinnacle of happiness.  The highest frequency brings the best life.  The feeling of love increases your happiness just as it is!  It’s not rocket science!  It’s quantum physics.  Perception of your world makes a huge difference!  Perceive goodness and love.

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Truly see how divine you are.  Know your inheritance.  Feel the love, the love that is yours, the love that you are.

I love these affirmations:

  • All you need is love.
  • I am in control of my emotions and use them to bring me happiness.
  • The universe recognizes my desires and works quickly to realize them.
  • I see a world saturated in love.
  • I treat all beings with love and respect.
  • Love is all you need.

See all people you meet as loved ones.  Extend love and respect to them all.

Forgiveness

 “Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.”      -Albert Einstein

Let’s face it, anger does not feel good.  Since emotion is the first indication that we are not using positive thoughts to enhance our lives and attract happiness to us then whenever we feel anger we need to stop and reevaluate our thoughts.

There are many things which bring on the feeling of anger.  On a personal level; simple nuisances like traffic and, at other times, heart wrenching acts, like betrayal.  We do ourselves a terrible injustice by holding on to anger.  The antidote is forgiveness.

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In order to forgive we must not take things personally.  If someone hurts you it is their problem.  Don’t believe that you deserved it.  No one deserves to be treated unkindly.  If someone doesn’t love you enough, it is not because you are unlovable.  You are as lovable as anyone else in the world.  You deserve love as much as anyone else in the world.  Forgive them.  If your partner walks away from you, don’t worry, the universe is sending someone better for you.  Forgive them.  Every action and expression is one of either love or fear.   If someone is being “mean,” they are acting out of fear.  If someone is being “kind,” they are acting out of love.

Remember we get back what we give out.  If we forgive people and act with kindness and compassion, we will be forgiven, we will be given kindness and compassion.   We will be able to forgive ourselves.

There’s an old Yiddish expression, and I think Albert probably heard this one: “Anger is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.”   It really encapsulates the reality of holding onto anger and resentment, doesn’t it?  Anger eats us up.  Forgiveness frees us.  We can only know how to truly love when we know how to forgive.

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I’m not immune to anger.  Just like most people I have had to learn the hard way to forgive.  It is a freeing feeling; forgiveness.  It liberates the soul and lifts the spirit.  It lets us finally learn to love.

There is something that helps us to forgive, though it is not necessary.  Understanding.  If we understand why a person acted the way they did it helps us to forgive.  We can see that they have a belief that is hurting them, and that they acted out of ignorance and fear.  Everyone does their best.

Anger can also be internally focused.  We must learn to forgive ourselves.  When we forgive ourselves our missteps, we can more easily forgive others.  When you are angry at yourself for some stupid thing you did, some embarrassing incident, or harsh action you took, it is sometimes good to imagine that someone you love very much did the same thing.  Wouldn’t you forgive them?  Be as gentle on yourself.  We all make mistakes.   Forgive yourself all the little and big mistakes you have made.

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Find a photograph of yourself when you were a child and display it somewhere that you will see it daily.  When you look at the photo of that adorable little child, ask yourself if that little child deserves to be loved and deserves to be forgiven.  I think she does.  Whenever you look at that photograph you will be reminded of love and forgiveness.  If you don’t have any pictures of yourself as a young child then use a picture of another young child that you may or may not know and have that photo represent you as a child.  Forgive yourself.

Then start forgiving those towards whom you have anger.  If someone is driving you crazy in traffic, forgive them.  If there are emotional wounds from which you are still recovering and from which you have held on to that self-destructive emotion of anger for far too long, sit quietly, close your eyes, see their face, and forgive them.  Forgive them until you feel it, until you cry from the relief of letting go of an emotion that has done nothing but hurt you.  Forgive them until there is nothing left to forgive.  You may get the angry feeling back in a few days or a week or a month; forgive them again.  Forgive them until it sticks.  Then you are truly free to love.

Forgiveness saves people’s lives.  It decreases your stress level.  It opens up your heart to new experiences of love.  Do it for yourself and to make the world a better, more loving place.

Here are some incredible affirmations:

  • I am filled with healing energy.
  • I look for love and find it everywhere.
  • I allow the love from my own heart to heal all that I see.
  • Joy, joy, joy.  I lovingly allow joy to flow through my mind and body and experiences.
  • My mind is at peace.  I live in the present.  All is perfect in my world.
  • I am totally centered in the love and joy of being alive.  I flow with life.
  • I envision a world of peace and love.
  • I see a world in which all people are treated equally, with justice and compassion.
  • The past is forgotten and forgiven.  I am free forever.

Imagine yourself loving everyone in the world!  Feel the love flow out of you and encompass the entire planet!  Imagine it as a beautiful light that you control and extend to everyone.