That was fun. Let’s do it again!

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~Albert Einstein

What are you doing that makes you happy?  Look at the past month and ask yourself what you were doing when you were  happiest, when you felt the most alive.  Just think about it for a few seconds.  Was it when you were eating some sweet ice-cold watermelon while you watched the kids splash around?  Was it when you were laughing with a friend over something only the two of you would find hilarious?    Was it when you were sitting by yourself reading a book that was so good you didn’t it want to end?  Was it when you were walking in the woods with your dog?  Was it when you were holding your baby?  Was it when you were painting or writing or running or swimming or sitting looking out at the magnificent wonder of nature?  Whatever is was, do it again.  And, again.

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Doing what we love and feeling the wonderful emotions of joy and appreciation will cause a spectacular domino of fun and happiness to fill our life.   A waterfall of joy pours over you.  A wave of fun carries you.  A road of abundance is laid before you.  In feeling happy, contented, and completely fulfilled we invite more happiness, contentment and fulfillment into our perfect life.

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We are rewarded for accepting rewards.  We get what we deserve.  We get a life that is perfect for us.  Do what you love.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  Often.  And when, in your perfect life, you notice something that is making you feel good, remember it, do it again.  When in your life you find yourself not so happy, remember that time and smile and the feelings will start, more happy memories will surface for you to enjoy, and the universe will respond.  We can always turn our frown upside down with just a few thoughts and memories.  Use you bongo for good thoughts and feelings.  Love yourself.

Some happy affirmations:

  • I open my heart to gifts from God.
  • I deserve a life of abundance.
  • I monitor my thoughts and beliefs and I only choose good ones.
  • My life is filled with pleasant surprises.
  • I have a lot of fun.
  • I laugh a lot.
  • I have good friends.
  • I’m a very lucky person.

Close your eyes and think of something really fun from your childhood.   Imagine you are a child now, what would you do?  Fun thoughts, huh!

Don’t Do What You Hate!!!

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

I’ve decided that I’m going to use my intuition to write this post. I have no idea what I’m going to write about, but I’m going to have faith that Albert was right about intuition and that the perfect topic will come to me as I keep writing. I’m hoping for that wonderful feeling of Satori to kick in. Satori is a Japanese word and it describes what happens when you are taken over by a creative project and time is seemingly irrelevant. You are acting out of time and out of ego, simply channeling the creative force of who you truly are, the Divine Creator!

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So, today I keep thinking of the Gospel of Thomas. You remember Doubting Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples. He’s the one who asked for proof that Jesus came back, that’s another story which I kinda doubt happened, the way it’s presented anyway Thomas admitted that he really didn’t have much of a clue as to what Jesus was trying to say with his parables and metaphors so he decided rather than trying to interpret Jesus’ words or tell Jesus’ story he would simply write what Jesus said and let people make up their own minds.

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Of course, we don’t get the opportunity to read Thomas since he wasn’t included in the New Testament. Why the Nicene Council of the Holy Roman Church decided to edit the gospels is anyone’s guess? Mine is that they chose the gospels which worked best for their agenda to control the Roman Empire, but I digress, the perk of following intuition!
So Thomas, in his humble innocence, simply dictated Jesus’ words. You can find them all online, but the one that really hit  me, WACK, right in the face was what Jesus said when asked what people should do.  Jesus said, “…don’t do what you hate…”
Wow, if there are any words to live by, strangely written in the negative, but for a good reason, it is those five words.

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DON’T DO WHAT YOU HATE!!!!!!  This seems simple enough, but how many people kill their spirit by doing what they hate, for their whole lifetime?  They do it out of responsiblity often enough.  They have children to raise and send to school, children whom they don’t see enough because they work too much, bills to pay, plastic toys to buy which they don’t get to use because they work too much, huge mortgages to pay on houses they spend little time in because they work too much, big cars to pay for to drive to and from those jobs.  These words come to mind.  Futile. Striving. Endlessness. Broken. Exhaustion. Depression. Isolation.
Is this any way to live? DON’T DO WHAT YOU HATE!
Ah, but I have to pay for all this stuff.  Let me tell you something, Sir!  I lost my job about 8 months ago, hence the blog, and I was making half the money I made working.  I stopped buying what I call plastic toys, which is all the unnecessary crap we buy, and I managed to make my mortgage, make my car payments, pay off my credit cards, eat healthy organic food, and did this for six months.

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Here’s the kicker.  I can’t go back to my old job.  It was killing my spirit.  So I am going to have faith that the universe will provide my perfect life for me. (Don’t be surprised if I add a donate button on the side, someone has to subsidize these posts!)  I am not going to live in fear.  Do I want to teach my children that they must do a job they hate for the rest of their lives so that they can buy all the conveniences they wouldn’t need if they had more time, or if they did what they loved and had less money, but lived simply?  Sometimes intuition leads to jumbled sentences, but you get the drift.
You are the teacher of the next generation. Do you believe that the universe is friendly?  Do you believe the universe conspires to make your dreams come true?  Prove it!  DON’T DO WHAT YOU HATE.  IT WILL KILL YOUR SPIRIT!

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This experiment in intuition seemed to work, the time passed in an instant, and some sense was even made (I hope).  Now it’s your turn to follow your intuition and do what you love. Follow your dreams in faith. Know that you deserve to be happy. You are a perfectly made you with your own special desires and talents.  Follow your purpose.  Follow your DNA!  It was made with you in mind!  Yes, perfectly you.  Don’t live a perfect life, live your perfect life.

Your perfect affirmations:

  • I deserve to live a life which fills my soul with joy and purpose.
  • I happily pursue my dreams with the faith that God wants me to be happy.
  • I have enough stuff.
  • I am enough.
  • My children are happier with my time than with my money.
  • I love my life.
  • I live my perfect life.

Close your eyes.  In your mind, take a walk in the woods and when you come to a clearing you will see yourself doing what you love to do.  Enjoy it.  Now make it happen

Greedy people are mentally ill.

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. —Albert Einstein

Well, of course greedy people are mentally ill.  Who in their right minds would hoard money while others starve?  I’m not talking about your grocery money here, I’m talking about the people who amass money as a prize, as a status symbol.  Those who have millions upon millions, or even billions, and yet allow poverty, starvation, lack of education, and child labor to continue when they could do something about it, these are the folks I’m addressing.  If your neighbor had no money or food to feed her children, I’m sure you would pick up some fruits and vegetables for them.  The people who have a thousand fold the money that you do can help people on a grandiose scale and yet, for the most part, they don’t.  Or they give a million dollars while keeping 75 million for themselves.

What do these people have in common?  Insanity.  Their insanity is caused by an irrational fear of lack or, more often, by their ego’s desire for confirmation of their worthiness.  To them worthiness equates with financial success.  They feel inferior if they don’t hold more material assets than the next guy.  It must be hard to compete with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

Let’s face it, this is just insane.  To pursue wealth at the expense of your planet is insane.  How many billionaires continue to amass money while knowingly poisoning our planet?  How many pharmaceutical companies continue to skew research and put deadly and dangerous pills and chemicals on the market to puff up profits.  They kill people to make more money.

When a person commits a murder, they are insane, obviously not in their right minds.  If they were in their right minds they would react reasonably and with compassion.  Yet, when huge corporations kill people en masse, it is called greed, or just plain doing business.  It is shrugged off as part of the game.  I would submit that the corporate leaders in this world are nothing less than insane psychopaths who know not what they do.  Send them all the love you can.  Seriously, send them love and see them as the perfect beings that they are so they may know peace and stop the insanity.  They need it desperately.

There are a few of these perfect beings who have awoken.  These are truly stories of enlightenment.  To make money beyond what most can imagine and to wake up to the fact that it does not buy their happiness is truly amazing.  The material world is such an incredible seductress.  Having a little extra cash for some folks is very exciting.  What will we do with it?  Take a vacation?  Fix up the kitchen?  Imagine having a virtually unlimited supply of money.  It would be intoxicating.   Imagine walking away from it.

John Robbins was heir to the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Empire.  He walked away from it because he saw that it was a destructive and cruel business.  His uncle and father, founders of the company, died very young from heart disease related to all the fat and sugar in their product.  John found that dairy cows lived a horrendous life, artificially impregnated, their calves taken away at birth, the males either killed immediately or sold to the veal industry, the female calves are saved to lead a desperate life like their mothers, but not allowed their precious mother’s milk so it can be sold for people’s milk, cheese, and ice cream.  He saw the destruction to the planet caused by the animal farming industry.  He walked away to be true to his personal beliefs and ethics.  He is an inspirational writer on living with integrity.  His books, Diet for a New America and Food Revolution, are worth the read.

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John Robbins, healthy and living with integrity.

Tom Shadyac, who directed such hits as Ace Ventura and Patch Adams, among others, had lots of money.  He had homes all over the world, each worth millions of dollars.  He had more money than he needed.  A bicycle accident that came close to killing him changed his life.  He started to realize that your career doesn’t have to be your entire life and that it’s as important to give back as it is to receive.  He made a documentary about his transformation called I Am and also wrote a memoir, Life’s Operating Manual.   I Am has been avaiable on Netflix recently.  He sold everything, now lives in a trailer park (it’s a nice one, but it’s a trailer park), and continues to give all his money to elevate the life of those with less than him.   Wow.

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Tom Shadyac, a happy guy.

The following is an excerpt from a story in the Christian Science Monitor.

“Scott Neeson’s final epiphany came one day in June 2004. The high-powered Hollywood executive stood, ankle deep in trash, at the sprawling landfill of Stung Meanchey, a poor shantytown in Cambodia’s capital.

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Scott Neeson, a former head of 20th Century Fox International, cares for more than 1,000 Cambodian children and their families.  In a haze of toxic fumes and burning waste, swarms of Phnom Penh’s most destitute were rooting through refuse, jostling for scraps of recyclables in newly dumped loads of rubbish. They earned 4,000 riel ($1) a day – if they were lucky.

Many of the garbage sorters were young children. Covered in filthy rags, they were scruffy, sickly, and sad.

Clasped to Mr. Neeson’s ear was his cellphone. Calling the movie mogul from a U.S. airport, a Hollywood superstar’s agent was complaining bitterly about inadequate in-flight entertainment on a private jet that Sony Pictures Entertainment, where Neeson was head of overseas theatrical releases, had provided for his client.

Neeson overheard the actor griping in the background. ” ‘My life wasn’t meant to be this difficult.’ Those were his exact words,” Neeson says.” I was standing there in that humid, stinking garbage dump with children sick with typhoid, and this guy was refusing to get on a Gulfstream IV because he couldn’t find a specific item onboard,” he recalls. “If I ever wanted validation I was doing the right thing, this was it.’ “

Within months, Mr. Neeson gave it all up, sold his fabulous mansion and everything else, moved to Cambodia and has been helping those children ever since.  He came to his senses.  He is no longer insane.

On some level we all need to come to our senses.  What is really important?  Is buying yet another piece of clothing really going to make us happy?  Is the bigger house and better car going to ring our bell?

Do you want a more enriched and fulfilling life?  Will you find it living in a seven million dollar mansion or dining at a five-star Zagat rated restaurant, or wearing the latest designer clothing?  That’s one level.  Will you find it in your 2,000 square foot home, driving your BMW, and wearing off the rack designer duds?  There’s another level.

We can all disassociate ourselves from those bazillionaires and say we can’t do much, but is it true?  Can’t we live a simple satisfying life knowing that we are helping others, like the children in Cambodia?  Is that worth more to us than a new dress suit or pair of shoes?

Only you can decide how much you want the material world to determine your life.  You can buy into the idea that money makes the man (or woman) or you can choose to live a life of integrity and charity.  There is one thing you can do no matter how rich or poor you are.  You can give love to all.  You can offer the gift of seeing people as perfect beings of love to the rich and the poor.  You can see yourself as perfect, just as you are, then you won’t need designers deciding how to improve your image.  You are magnificent now.

When we know we are magnificent, we won’t need to prove it with baubles.

Ideal affirmations:

  • I am enough.
  • My worth is in my being.
  • I love all beings.
  • The Kingdom of Love is within.
  • My self-worth is inherent.
  • I am perfect.
  • We are all perfect, we are all one.

Imagine working with Scott Neeson for a day.  Imagine living in a very small house or apartment with people you love.  Imagine giving to others who need your help.  Imagine knowing how perfect you are.
 

 

Free Unlimited Love!!!!

“Love is a better teacher than duty.”  ~Albert Einstein

We tend to put limits on things.  Limits can be very good.  I limit the amount of soda I drink to about 16 ounces a year.  What can I say?  I like Root Beer.  We would do well to limit our food intake. It would probably be wise to limit our alcoholic beverages and our pot smoking.  We can limit our time spent in front of the TV and reading trashy romance novels.  We should limit our time working.  There are things, though, that we should not limit, simply because they are infinite.  We should not limit our circle of love.

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When we limit our love to only those who we know then we are doing ourselves and the world a grave injustice.  When we give love to everyone our love only continues to expand.  When you see a person who may cause you to feel uncomfortable, such as a mentally ill homeless person, and you extend love to them suddenly you feel better.  Not just about that person, but about yourself as well and the next person you see will benefit from your expanding capacity to love.  When I say extend love to them I don’t mean buy them a sandwich or give them some change, I simply mean to feel love for them and send it to them.  See them as perfect beings of love, as you are.

Many people, I have found, love only those with whom they share a blood tie, others love only those with whom they share a national tie, others love only those with whom they share an ethnic tie, and so on.  Why is this so?  If you put twenty-seven toddlers in a room, each of them a different race, ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic group, or political party (we’ll give them the party of their parents for this hypothetical!) will they isolate themselves, will they distrust or dislike the others?  I kind of doubt it.  All of our likes and dislikes are learned.  All of our prejudices and politics are learned.  All of our isms are invented to divide and conquer.  As long as we see ourselves as a world of differences, then we are a world of separation.  As long as we distrust those who we perceive to be different we are acting in fear.  Fear of attack based completely on an ignorance of the other’s life.

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We tend to be insular and distrusting.  That is what we are taught as children, generally by our religious dogma and our government’s propaganda.  There is a priest who says there is no such thing as hell.  He says it was made up by the church to give them power over the people.  He states that there is no God that would condemn a person to an eternity of torture.  Our governments tell us that there are terrorists.  These same governments support political coups, terrorist cells, and wars based on economic profit from the natural resources of countries.  People aren’t born with hate in their hearts.  They are born with love and trust.

Unshackle your heart.  Open your mind.  Love All.  Back in the 1970’s, I believe, after years of the Cold War, when Russia and the United States were supposed to be enemies, Phil Donahue did a show in which he had one audience of Americans and one of Russians.  Not politicians, not government spokespeople, not corporate heads, but just your average everyday citizens.  They all stated that they didn’t hate each other.  Who was doing the hating here?  Who was imagining this great divide?  And why?   It doesn’t matter.  But, whoever it was, they were misguided.  The Cold War was an era of hate and mistrust based on nothing but propaganda.

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Today we have the same misguided notions being delivered to us by the media.  A not so independent media.  Don’t listen to it.  Listen to your heart, the one you were born with, the one that knows only love.   Don’t hate the misguided souls who preach division.  Send love to them, too.

Don’t limit your love to your family, or your small circle of friends, or your race, or you ethnic group, or your socioeconomic class.  Open you heart to love all.  Whenever you see someone, anyone, send them love.  Forgive everyone.  Know that we are all doing our best.  If we could do better we would, right?  So would they.  Remember, it’s fear that crowds out love.  Don’t let fear of others keep you from enjoying a life filled with love.

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You choose which one to turn on.

Never limit what is infinite.  Your capacity to love is infinite.   When you love someone you help them to love themselves and you help you to love yourself.  It’s another win-win situation.  Go ahead, live life unlimited!

Unlimited affirmations:

  • I love all beings.
  • I extend love to all I see.
  • I am love.
  • I am part of the infinite energy of love.
  • I love myself.
  • I forgive all.
  • My life is perfect.

Imagine that you are at a meeting in the United Nations.  Suddenly everyone stands up and starts to walk around the hall, hugging everyone and telling them they love them.  Isn’t that what a group of little children would do?  See it and enjoy the vision.

 

Don’t eat the Apple!!!

 

-“No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus.  His personality pulsates in every word.  No myth is filled with such life.”  ~Albert Einstein

Okay, let’s talk about Jesus again.  If you’ve been reading my posts you know I’m talking about Jesus as the man who transcended the illusion of a physical world in his lifetime.  I’m talking about the man who knew that the story of Adam and Eve eating the apple from the Tree of Knowledge was sorely misinterpreted.  He knew the real meaning of the story is that the apple represents knowledge received in the physical world.  The knowledge given by the “apple,” in this case, is that the physical world is reality.  That’s all the apple represented, belief in a physical reality, a belief in the data of the physical world.  Adam and Eve were banished from heaven, heaven being the truth that physical reality is an illusion and that we are actually spiritual beings.  And, so, they were banished from the state of grace, from knowing who they truly were.  Their banishment was self-imposed.  Once they believed that the physical world was the only reality, they forgot that they were unlimited divine beings.  Knowledge, in this sense, is a human understanding of life.  Adam and Eve gave up their divinity by believing in the physical as real.  Of course God didn’t kick them out.  They simply erroneously believed.  Heaven is knowing that only love is real and all else is illusory.  We get knowledge from the physical world, laws such as the law of gravity and the laws of motion.  The only “truth” that many believe is what our five senses can tell us.  From the spiritual world we know all, we are omniscient, we are all-powerful and all creative.  We are the pure energy of love.  The spiritual world shows us that we are unlimited and all present.  We cannot get this knowing from the physical world.  All we can get from the physical world is facts and data.  That is why it is so important to spend time in spirit.  That is what Jesus was trying to tell us.

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In spirit we begin to realize just how amazing and connected we are to All, and I mean All, the everything, everyone kind of All.  We begin to know of our divinity and we find out that we are boundless love.  Jesus knew that.  He realized that this physical reality is just a collective holograph, a theory that quantum physicists are just now putting forward.  Professor, you had nothing over Jesus.  Imagine a being so advanced that he was able to “divine” all of this.  And he shared it with us.  He was love.  He could only heal people who believed that he was divine love.  When we can see him clearly, without all the misinterpretations that have been presented as his message, then we can learn from his life.

I’m repeating myself here, but Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within.”  You are God.  You are a part of the divine.  You are the pure energy of love which is everywhere and infinite.  You were created in the “image of God.”   There is no time and space.  There is only the “always was and always will be.”  There is only the omnipresent and omniscient.  Sounds like God and is also the definition of energy.  As God cannot be destroyed neither can energy.  Neither can you.  As God is everywhere at all times, so is energy.  So are you.  As God makes up infinity, so does energy.  So do you.

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It has already been shown that all matter is simply dense, organized energy, so surely you can at least be open to the idea that you are a part of the All.  Matter is energy.  You are matter, therefore…  When we all finally realize our divinity the world will no longer be a place of competition and fear of lack.  We will all realize our connectedness and that we are all a unique and integral part of pure love and peace.  We are as important as Jesus was in bringing the truth to light.

Through your consciousness, indistinguishable from the All, you bring that light into the world.  That’s how important you are.  We cannot do this individually.  We must all be brought into the truth.  The truth will, literally, set us free.  So, the next time you think about meditating to raise your consciousness, remember that you will be doing the world a service by opening to spirit.  The more people who open to spirit the more our Collective Consciousness will be raised and then more people will begin to really “know” the divine.

Jesus is a part of you.  His energy, also called, “Christ Consciousness” is what will lead you to the divine.  I’m not saying the only way to God is through belief that Jesus was his son.  I don’t think Jesus was saying that.  When he said that the only way to heaven “is through me,” I believe he was using “me” as his term for pure consciousness.  Also called the “I am”

“I am” is a good meditation mantra.  “I am” is a powerful tool of transformation. I am.  Jesus knew the I am.  He is the I am.  He taught the I am.  All that we are is what Jesus taught us.  He is not the only being who lived on earth that transcended the illusion.  There are those recorded in history like Jesus, the Buddha, and others, but many more who quietly transcended or had few followers.  Jesus and Buddha brought their light to many more and have changed many lives.  Most  humans have been so entrenched in the physical world that few have understood or listened.  He who has ears, listen was a refrain of Jesus.  In areas of the world where spirituality is given more importance than consuming and conquering there have been many more trancendants, places like India and parts of Asia.  There have been many “masters” from these areas because their culture embraces the idea of spiritual transcendence, but more importantly they embrace living a life focused on spiritual loving kindness.  People like Lao Tsu who wrote the I Ching.  Our culture is changing and there is a huge spiritual movement of unprecedented numbers.  Sixty years ago meditation wasn’t even in most people’s vocabulary, let alone a part of their lives and yet, now, it is a daily practice for many in the west.

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We are a growing number.  People are dissatisfied with the physical reality.  There can be no true and lasting joy in the physical reality.  Only by knowing who we are can we ever truly be self-realized and eternally happy.  So, thank you, Jesus and all of you other masters, for that.  We’re working on it.

Some transcendental affirmations:

  • I am.
  • I am love.
  • I am peace.
  • I am divine.
  • I am prosperous.
  • I am generous.
  • I am perfect.

Imagine you get to interview Jesus or Buddha or any master for a morning news show.  Ask them some good questions.

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?

Dead Man Talking.

“Mysticism is in fact the only criticism people cannot level against my theory.” ~Albert Enstein

“The words of the language, as they are written or spoken, do not seem to play any role in my mechanism of thought. ” ~Albert Einstein

When I was 28 years old I was at a family gathering.  My sister and her husband showed up with a deck of Egyptian Cartouche cards.  They were divination cards, similar to Tarot cards.  They were playing with them, trying to do a reading,  and then handed them to me to try out.  Well, I started reading the cards and it was like I had done it for years.  I felt an energy come over me as you would when you are completely engrossed in a creative project.  They couldn’t understand how I was doing it and neither could I. After a little while my sister’s husband said, “You’re on fire.  Keep the cards.”  So began my life long activity of card reading.

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Why was I able to use the cards so easily the first time I tried them?  I don’t know.  Perhaps because I was open to the idea.  Perhaps because I had been meditating and was open to the Collective Consciousness more than a lot of people.  Whatever the reason it was a whole new interesting growth experience for me.

Divination cards are filled with archetypal symbolism which, even if you don’t understand the cards, works within your subconscious to facilitate growth.  The more I used the cards the more I was open to messages for the people I was reading.  I’ve had some interesting experiences with the cards.  One woman asked if she could ask a question of the cards without saying it aloud to me.  I told her we would give it a try.

When I laid out the cards for her I suddenly got a vision of two dogs driving in a convertible.  Both of the dogs were dressed up, really dressed up.  The male dog was driving and the female in the passenger seat.  I remember that she was wearing a polka dot scarf and sunglasses.  They were very happy.  Now I was a little wary of telling my client this.  It sounded crazy, but I try not to edit what I see, so I told her.  She said. “If you hadn’t told me that I wouldn’t have believed a word you said.”  She went on to tell me that she and her son had each had a dog and on Sundays they would dress them up and take them out for a drive in the car.  The dogs had both passed away.  They had come into my consciousness to let her know they were fine and having fun.  How strange is that?

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A few years after I started reading cards a new friend said that she thought I would like channeling.  Channeling is communicating with those who have passed on.  I said I would give it a try.  We set up a date with two of my friends and her.  She said a little prayer of protection before we started.  Then she told us to close our eyes and that if anything came up, even if we didn’t know who it was for, to share it.  I almost immediately had a vision of an older couple.  I spoke up and said that I thought they were here to see my friend, N.  I described them physically and told her they were standing in front of some very dense woods.  I also said that I thought the woods meant something.  She said that the physical description sounded like her aunt and uncle.  I gave her their message that even though they fought like cats and dogs when they were alive that they were very happy now.  The messages did not come in words, just a knowing of what they wanted conveyed.  N said that was exactly what they were like.  I reiterated a couple of times that I thought the dense growth of trees meant something.  I went on to tell her a few more things that they wanted to say.  Then they left.  Right after that a little Jack Russell Terrier started barking at an open door.  I told N that the dog was here and that he was very excited to see her.  She responded that they had owned a Jack Russell terrier and that it must be their dog.  I once more brought up the trees and N said, “Well, their last name is Forest.”  Then I knew that they had been trying to tell me their name.

N then shared a visit with the father of the woman who had brought us together.  She told her her father’s name and that he had succumbed to lung disease.  She said she saw him with an inhaler.  This was all true.

Amazing things happen in this world of material substance.  We so often only trust what we can discern with our five senses and write off anything we can’t prove.  Even though most people have experienced moments of foresight they are still unwilling to entertain the idea of our ability to go beyond the physical plane while still living in it,  As William Shakespeare said,  “There are more things in heaven and earth, dear Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

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Albert did not believe in any of this stuff.  He would be surprised to see where his equation has brought the understanding of energy and matter.  He began something with his theories that would probably confound him now!  The ideas of a holographic universe.  The concept of energy in the form of thoughts, emotions, and imagination producing matter.  All of these leaps of the mind and consciousness that have become more accepted because of his theory.  Wow.  Thanks, Albert.  Even if you didn’t believe it, you helped to realize an expanding awareness in the world, a whole new way of looking at God-consciousness.

I have had experiences with precognition.  I’ve had experiences with spirits.   If I had a closed mind I wouldn’t have been open to these encounters.

I think that divination cards are a useful tool.  The symbols and archetypes contained in them work on a subconscious level to bring us to a higher awareness.  They work in a very similar way to dreams.  I would recommend that anyone picks up a deck of these cards to use daily.  It is not necessary to learn how to read the cards.  I would just pull a “random” card from the deck every day, study the card and read the description in the book.  Most decks come with a guide.  The cards, even though you “randomly” selected them, will not be random.  Even if you see no connection between the card and what is happening in your life, there is a connection.  You could ask a question before pulling out a card.  You will get a card that will help enlighten you on the issue.

I would suggest the Angel cards of Doreen Virtue.  They are very uplifting and give great insight into your life.  I own the Archangel Oracle Cards, but she has many other decks that would be wonderful.  Any deck you see that resonates with you is perfect.  If you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments.

Don’t doubt that you can do anything, you are connected to the All.  Be open to anything.  Visit with friends and family passed.  They often visit in your dreams to let you know they’re okay.  Sometimes they will tell you that they’ve been away and are having a great time.  We see images that work with our physical reality, but their message is often that they are in a place so beautiful and amazing that they can’t describe it in our earthly terms, only in our “symbolic language.”  Be at peace concerning those who have passed on.  They are happy.  Believe me.  I get messages of joy with everyone who visits me who has passed, including animal companions.  The biggest messages are joy and complete freedom beyond any definition we have here.  An unlimited joyful, exuberance that can’t really be described.  They’re in heaven!

Open your mind to all possiblities and everything is possible.

Some impossibly wonderful affirmations:

  • I have powers of cognition beyond my five physical senses.
  • I am connected to source.
  • I am one with the intelligence of the universe.
  • I go forward in courage knowing that I intuitively choose right action through my connection to source.
  • We are all one in spirit.

Remember times when you knew what was going to happen, or a dream you had about someone you loved who died and  came to visit you.  Think of times when you knew things that you had no reason to know.  You have great gifts, open your mind to receive them.

 

 

Did you really just hit your kid for hitting a kid?

 “…you do have a father who loves you more than anything else and is constantly thinking of you and caring about you.” ~Albert Einstein

I finally got started in a new book group.  So excited, I haven’t been in one for years and this one is called Book ‘n Brew, and we’re not talking coffee.  It’s fun to discuss books while enjoying dinner and a glass of wine.  The group is sponsored by the local library and is led by a wonderful woman who works in the Children’s Library and loves books.

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Last night was the first group I attended.  We deconstructed a book of well over 6oo pages.  There were about a dozen people there and about a half of them either didn’t like the book as a whole, while the other half really enjoyed it.

Because the book was so long and the plot so disjointed (not my words!), our leader thought it might be a good idea to discuss the book’s characters as a way of figuring out the author’s theme and intent.

We finally got to the meanest, nastiest, most unlovable character in the book and started to tear him apart.  Who could possibly like this man who beat his wife and son for years, deserted his son when he needed him most, spent his life trying to track his son down (now a fugitive) to make sure he was punished for a terrible mistake that he made as a young man?   Wow, what a sweetie.  Glad he wasn’t my father.

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This character was a General in the U.S. Army.  Some one in the group said,”How could anyone treat their family that way?”  If you look at it, though, the majority of this man’s life was predicated on the paradigm that violence is a way to deal with conflict.  Of course, someone else said that may be well enough, but why bring it home, why not compartmentalize his life and leave the violence where it belongs.

And here’s the big question.  Does violence belong anywhere?  In a world filled with violence, how can we change anything?  We can’t change anyone else?  We can try, occasionally someone will see the light, but we can really only try to make ourselves better people.  We can only be peace to promote peace.  We can only be the change.  Sounds so trite and simple.  But, isn’t the simplest way always the best?    We can begin at home.  Whenever a child is punished with  violence, whether physical or verbal, we are showing them that violence is a solution to a problem.  Imagine at work if you got hit or beaten for making a mistake or doing something wrong.  Imagine if your boss yelled at you and sent you to the corner to take a time out.   I know I’m going to get a few raised eyebrows on that, after all time out is one of our biggest forms of punishment for children right now, but I don’t think it’s right.  Give me a minute and I’ll explain.

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Do we need to punish children at all?  Has anyone ever asked that question?  When they do something which we consider bad is it because they are bad or because they haven’t yet developed the emotional or intellectual tools to deal with a situation in a way that doesn’t hurt anyone or cause a problem?  Children learn from modeling after their role models and from what they are told.  Unfortunately, for us imperfect souls, they model what they see us do for the most part.  If only they would do what we say and not what we do!  So, how can you blame a child for having a tantrum when their father loses control and screams at them or hits them or throws furniture around.  They are only following his lead.  How can you expect a child not to hit another child when Mom walloped them just last night for breaking another dish?  How can it be wrong and right at the same time?

There are, also, things children do that don’t seem to be behaviors they’ve learned.  A child might steal something.  Why would a child do this if they didn’t learn it from modeling?   If it’s not out of hunger or another strong physical need, then why?  Stealing would symbolize the fear of lack.  It may be that the child perceives a lack of love or a lack of acceptance for who they are and they are trying to fill that need with things.  It may be that their parents talk about money, or the lack thereof, in the child’s presence and so the child always feels insecure about money and possessions.  Generally though, I think that stealing is symbolic of trying to fill an emotional need.

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We can often ask a child until we are blue in the face why they did something, such as steal or lie, and they won’t answer us or they just say they don’t know.  That is often exactly the case.  They don’t know.  As adults we do things so often without knowledge of our motives, we do things by rote, completely unconscious of the belief, thought, or emotion that lead us to the action, and yet, we expect an eight year old to understand the psychology of their behaviors.

As parents we need to be more aware of our behaviors than at any time ever before in our lives.  It’s not just about us anymore.  Whenever we do something in front of our children that is not acceptable to our concept of good behavior we must bring it up and explain to them why what we did was not acceptable.  If we yell at our child we must apologize and tell them that it was wrong because we didn’t show them respect, because we frightened them, and because there is a better way to deal with our anger than yelling.  We can then go on to discuss a better way to deal with our anger.  When our child misbehaves we should take the same steps with them.  We can talk about the behavior and why it was unacceptable.  We can ask them about their opinion on the behavior you saw as unacceptable and see if they can switch places and imagine themselves as the person subjected to their behavior.

When our child makes a mistake, and they’ll make plenty, we can accept the mistake graciously and give them the same kindness we would give a guest who made a mistake.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget that children don’t have the motor skills and mental skills that we have developed.  We can be a little more patient and understanding when we feel they are too slow, there’s a lot of new, exciting stuff out there for them to see.  Instead of rushing them, let’s give them a little more time to sightsee on this amazing planet that is their new home.

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What if your child continues a behavior that you feel you have taken a lot of timing explaining to them the reasons why it is unacceptable?  You just have to take more time.  Try a different way of explaining.  We all process information differently.  Ask them why they keep doing something that is a problem for others and often, themselves.  And ask yourself if it really is a problem.  Maybe they’re not intellectually ready to understand the construct of what you are saying to them yet and it will just take a little more maturity until they can grasp it.  They are doing their best.  Just like all of us.

What about time outs?  If we have a child sit by themselves as a punishment we are telling them that quiet time alone is bad,that  it is not desirable.  Quiet time is not a punishment in the real world.  Ask any adult, it’s a vacation for most!  So let’s not use time outs, but instead, sit with our child and use reason and love to overcome unacceptable behavior.  Talk about safety, kindness, or whatever issue is associated with the behavior, but don’t make a child sit alone, often not even understanding why.

If a child becomes overly emotional (screaming, tantrum, sobbing), we can sit quietly with them and show them how to control their emotions.  Most children are frightened by their heightened emotions and don’t think they can control them, especially if they see their parents lose control at times. We can show them how to calm themselves, simply by being very calm ourselves, and by giving them techniques like deep breathing or walking away from an emotional situation to get their bearings.  Show them that they have the power they need to control themselves.  Empower your children whenever you can.  Let them know they have control over their behavior and emotions without holding them responsible for the things they still can’t control.

I once read an article by a child psychologist, so long ago that I have no idea who it was, but she said that when a child is yelled at for spilling something when they are very young they don’t understand it because they think they didn’t spill it, their hand did.  Apparently they don’t have the control over their physical bodies that we think they should or do at very young ages.

Children are often emotionally fragile, especially with their parents, because all they want is your love, really.  If they know they are loved and not judged, even when they’ve done something that isn’t acceptable, then they will grow up to be happy and loving.  Our words and actions as parents are the biggest contributors to our child’s well-being or lack thereof.  Let’s make it the best we possibly can.  Let’s raise our own consciousness and that of our children and the world at the same time.  When we are love, we raise love.  When we are loving parents, we raise loving people.

Some loving affirmations:

  • I treat children with the same love and respect as adults.
  • I do not judge children for their actions, knowing that they are learning who they are.
  • I treat all people with love and respect.
  • I respond to misbehavior with calm love and reason.
  • All action comes from fear or love.  If someone acts from fear, I respond to it with love.

Imagine yourself as a child.  Do you remember a time when you were misunderstood or punished?  How could it have been handled differently so that everyone felt loved and accepted?

The perfect answer every time.

“…I [have] always loved solitude…”  ~Albert Einstein

The vibration of the universe is perfection.  It is timeless and infinite.  It always has been and always will be.  It is everywhere and it is now.  It is what you came from and where you are going.  It is constantly flowing through you.  When you are completely connected with it, in loving kindness, then it shines from you like starlight.   When you are lost in the creative process you are caught in the glorious flow of perfection.

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This indefinable energy, this beautiful frequency resonates throughout the universe, filling it with perfect love.  Love is just another word for perfection.  This energy is so perfect and so beautiful that it is unnameable.  It is inconceivable.  It is pure being.  Lao Tzu said,

” A way that can be walked

is not The Way

A name that can be named

is not The Name

The Tao is that

which cannot be spoken”

We can only experience spirit.  We can’t see it or hear it.  We cannot understand it without the experience of it, though we try.  We cannot explain it, though we try.  It is so inconceivable that it is like trying to describe to a blind person what  purple looks like, or show a deaf person music, or explain to a person with no sense of smell the fragrance of lilacs.  People who have had Near Death Experiences try to explain it to people, but they know it lies beyond words.

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Intuition is just another word for this wonderful energy.  Another word for the divine vibration which is you.  Another word for God, or the universe, or whatever term you choose to give your higher self.  When we can allow the divine to flow through us without influencing it with our negative thoughts and beliefs we cannot make a mistake.  We cannot misstep when we are allowing divine love to guide us.  When we follow out intuition we are never wrong.  It is in the allowing ourselves to follow our intuition that we come to trouble.  We become afraid to follow that inner guidance.  Our ego jumps upon it so quickly that we don’t even know what our first thought, our intuition, was at times!  True!

We are such control freaks!  Admit it, we all are.  It is one of the hardest things to give up.  Giving up our pushy nature and allowing the wisdom of the universe to guide us feels nearly impossible at times.  Oh, we of little faith!

The next time you want to go against your intuition, remember how perfect the universe is.  Look up to the sky and see the stars.  Look into the woods and see the perfect cycles of nature.  Look at a child and see their unencumbered joy.  The word unencumbered speaks volumes about how we pile cultural influences on top of our intuition, so high that it’s hard to dig out a glimmer of the light hidden beneath it all.   Let go of your fears and let the pure energy of perfection guide you.  Be unencumbered!

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If you have a really big decision to make.  Meditate for a while, walk in the woods for a while.  Albert spent a lot of time walking in the woods, he loved solitude. He came up with the Theory of Relativity after spending a day in nature.  He was open to the perfect clarity of the universe.  Do a guided meditation to retrieve an answer from your higher self.  Put yourself in a position where it is easier for you to connect with that perfect vibration that flows forever through you.  When you feel ready, when you feel at peace, ask the question and you will get the right answer, probably before you even have a chance to finish the question.

Let the perfect vibration of the universe resonate with your being.  Allow the fear to dissolve and be transformed, by that perfect resonance, into faith.  Expect perfection from the universe, not from yourself.  You will invariably screw it up.  Your higher self always has the right answer.  The more time you spend in harmony with the vibration of the infinite, the more easily you can tap into the intuition that is always within you. Meditation can bring you into harmony with the universe.  I repeat myself for a good reason.  It works.  And it makes you younger.  True.  It slows the heart beat, lowers the blood pressure, and is all around good for you.  Don’t push to be perfect, allow the universe to do all the work for you.

Some perfect affirmations:

  • I am perfect.
  • I have all the right answers within me.
  • I am part of the infinite wisdom of the universe.
  • I flow through life with ease.
  • I allow peace to be my nature.
  • I am love.

Imagine that you are sitting on a beach looking out to the horizon on a deserted island.  Someone walks out of the thick jungle.  Who is it?  What do you ask them?  What do they tell you?  Sit with them and feel the perfection of the universe.

 

 

 

Remember when you were just a puppy. Dog Joy!

“The heart says yes, but the mind says no.”  ~Albert Einstein

We’ve been asking the wrong questions.  My dog, Sophie, told me this.  We always ask ourselves things like, “What is my purpose in life?” or “What should I be doing?” or “What should I wear?”  All of these shoulds.  Dogs don’t think about shoulds.  They do what they want.  Instead of all those other questions, we can ask ourselves, “What do I want?” and “What do I want to do?”

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A dog in the woods shows us that simply being a dog is enough.  They don’t worry about what they should be doing.  They simply do what makes them happy.  They sniff.  They bound.  They run.  They do the things that fill their hearts with dog joy.  Don’t go about sniffing butts, unless you’re a dog.  Do and be what you are.  You are a unique individual.  No one thinks quite like you.  No one sees a sunset quite the way in which you do.  No one has the same passions or dreams that you do.  Being who we are is enough.  When we are striving to make our life into what we think it should be we are limiting ourselves with societal pressures.

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If we think about what we want and not what we should do, we can focus entirely on the end result (our desire) and the universe will fill us in on what steps we need to take to get there.  By trying to figure out how we are going to accomplish something,especially worrying about it, we limit the possibilities.  We may see a direction and take action on that course because we think that’s what we should do when it may be the worst direction we could take.  The universe (our true self) knows every direction, not just the one or two available to us through our limited mind knowledge.   If we focus on what we know, (limited) instead of letting the universe (unlimited) point us in the right direction, we may be going down the wrong road.   Let the universe show you the short cut.  There is a quicker and more fulfilling route than the ones our simple brains can figure out.

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Dogs find their greatest joy in being dogs.  You can find your greatest joy in being you.  Do what you love. Do what makes you happy.  The universe will just send you more of the same.  Just as a dog must be let out of the house in order to be himself, you must let yourself out of your rut in order to be yourself.  You can’t be yourself stuck in a rut.  A dog will spend most of its life sleeping if she is made to be stuck indoors all the time.  You will fall asleep if you make yourself do the same things over and over.  You must let yourself out in order to find your true joy.  Let go of preconceived notions of what you are.  Unfortunately we are all susceptible to external influences.  Even dogs can have their instincts bred out of them and we, in this consumer driven, media heavy world have our instincts and intuition driven out of us at times.

Who are you really?  What do you really love to do?  What brings you joy?  It’s not always easy to answer those questions.  I have posited the idea before of looking back at your childhood and remembering what it was that brought you the most joy.

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In my hometown we have a bandstand and every Sunday evening the town band would play.  People would bring their beach chairs, relax and listen to the music.  There was one little girl who always got all the other kids to line up behind her and march around the bandstand.  She found joy in leading.  Some kids like to make up new games and adventures.  They may like to work in research and development or engineering.  Some kids like physical activity more than anything and would not do well at a desk job.  At different times in my childhood I enjoyed being in the woods most of the time.  This has continued.  I enjoyed drawing and painting.  I sold my art work as an adult.  I enjoyed writing. I enjoyed reading encyclopedias.  I still want to know everything I can about everything.  I still express my creative side.  We are all born with certain tendencies.  Try to remember what yours were before you were inundated with external influences.  I thought about God a lot as a child.  I wondered a lot about Jesus and even wanted to be a Nun for a while.  My pursuit of spiritual truth has continued.  So, look back on yourself when you were just a puppy and remember what brought you happiness.

Experience dog joy in your own life just by doing what you love.  Start in your personal life and it will expand into your work life and spiritual life.  Remember the more you experience happiness, the more happiness comes to you.  The next time you see a dog experiencing dog joy, know that you can experience the same kind of joy just by being yourself.  Listen to your heart.

Joyful affirmations:

  • I do what I love and I love what I do.
  • I am living a joyful life.
  • I am acting on my desires.
  • I remember who I am.
  • I am an amazing, wonderful, joyful being.
  • I allow joy to be a major part of my life.
  • Joy is being me.

Relax, close your eyes, meet a dog in a field and ask them “What is the meaning of joy.”