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Earth School

Earth School

“The world is your exercise-book, the pages on which you do your sums.  It is not reality, although you can express reality there if you wish. You are also free to write nonsense, or lies, or to tear the pages.”  “Illusions”  — Richard Bach

You are enrolled in Earth School.  One of the major courses in this school is the education of your power of choice.  You are learning about the freedom you have to choose and, then, to take responsibility for your choices.  Every choice you make teaches you something about you, and life and the Divine.  Your choices show you how what happens when you choose in alignment with yourself and your true nature, or when you don’t.

Not every choice is the right one, or works out the way you think it will.  Don’t be afraid of making mistakes; just remember to learn from them.  Learning which choices support your joy, love, growth, expression, happiness, and connection, and which don’t, is what it’s all about.

Reflection:  What choices are you making these days?  What are your choices teaching you?

Affirmation:  I am confident and capable of making choices that are in alignment with my highest truth.  I learn from every choice and every mistake.

The Call of the Soul

The Call of the Soul

“Find me one person who can get his own littleness out of the way and he shall reveal to me the immeasurable magnitude of the universe in which I live.” — Ernest Holmes

Joy and happiness are not experiences you find or create.  These are the product of a soul in tune with itself and in alignment with Life.  What calls to your soul?  What is your life about?  These are questions that reveal your purpose, your reason for being in the world, on the planet, at this particular time.  Answering these questions will help you discover your purpose.

Then seek to be about the purpose that is unfolding in your life, and you will find joy and happiness where you least expect them.  Go looking to live your purpose, be about what you are here for, and joy will sneak into your life and your heart.  Happiness will no longer be something you want or look for.  It will be the place you live from, every day.

Reflection:  Explore how you are chasing happiness?  Notice when you are living your purpose and see if happiness is already there?

Affirmation:  I am aligned with my true purpose.  This fills my life with Joy and Happiness.

From the Expanded Vista

From the Expanded Vista

“By fighting for the impossible, one begins to make it possible.” — Oscar Arias

For the mystic, it’s about the constant conscious contact with the Infinite. When a less than pleasant dynamic arises in life, can you remember to touch the Infinite and trust this union will provide all that is necessary?

It’s easy to get caught up thinking, “I know what’s best here and how everything is supposed to turn out” … then outlining the orders to the universe as to how to fix things. A healthier approach is to courageously pause and turn within and listen for a higher guidance to show a way beyond the present engaged human perspective.

Allow your perspective and proclamations to come from an expanded vista and your resolutions from revelations.

Reflection:  Where in my life would it be good to pause and listen for a higher perspective in a difficult situation?

Affirmation:  I am a positive contributor to life!

Accepting Responsibility

Accepting Responsibility

“Responsibility is to keep the ability to respond.”Robert Duncan

One of the greatest challenges on the spiritual path is to realize that you are responsible for your life and your choices. At first this can feel like a heavy burden or assuming you are to blame for everything in your life. The best way to understand responsibility is to realize that be taking responsibility for something you are giving yourself the ability to respond to what it. If you don’t take responsibility, you can’t actually do anything about something for which you are not willing to take responsibility, not for creating it, but for responding to it.

When something happens in your life, blaming yourself or looking for who’s at fault simply keeps you stuck in being a victim. Taking responsibility means looking at the choices that you now have before you.. What is the healthiest, sanest, most wholesome choice you can make, from where you are right now? What choice can you make the makes the greatest contribution or makes a difference. Now you aren’t a victim nor are you stuck. Now you are taking responsibility for your life!

Reflection: Is there some part of my life for which I don’t want to take responsibility? How could I engage my ability to respond? What new choice does that give me?

Affirmation: I am willing and capable of taking responsibility for me life. I have the ability to respond to any situation or circumstance because I have the help and support of Spirit!!

The Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction

“We do not take what we wish, but we do attract to ourselves that which is like our thought. MAN MUST BECOME MORE IF HE WISHES TO DRAW A GREATER GOOD INTO HIS LIFE.”Ernest Holmes

The Law of Attraction works like a magnet. What you are on the inside, who you feel yourself to be, and how much life you can imagine yourself experiencing, this is what your magnet is made out of. Since Like attract like, your magnet attracts to itself exactly that from which it is made.

Know that you can attract a beautiful, meaningful, fulfilling life. You begin by becoming on the inside what you want on the outside. Become the Love you want. Become the Joy your desire. Sense on the inside what a generous, prosperous person would feel like and imagine yourself living from that place.

Start expecting to experience these things. Start imagining yourself in this beautiful, meaningful, fulfilling life. By creating the space in your consciousness to BE it, it will be attracted to you like a butterfly to a glorious flower!

Reflection: What kind of a magnet am I? What have I been attracting?

Affirmation: I am a magnet for love, joy, prosperity, and blessing. I attract only good to me, because only good pours out from me!

Seeing Inner Beauty

Seeing Inner Beauty

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

A friend once said “People, you can’t live with them, and you can’t live without ‘em!”  People can be challenging and frustrating to work with and relate to. They are also a source of compassion, connection, and down-right fun in our lives. The world is full of amazing, committed, powerful, and sensitive people. The world is full of flawed, challenging, and troublesome people. It just so happens that they are the same people. Which ones are you focusing on?

The thing is we can’t see in others what we don’t have in ourselves. Often we project  unto others what we don’t want to see in ourselves. In this way, the people in our lives become a mirror in which we can more accurately see how we are feeling about ourselves. And as we change what we focus on in others, we will change the focus within ourselves, too!

Reflection: How are you experiencing the people in your life, in general. Are you finding yourself irritated by many folks or do you constantly run into the helpful sort? How is this a reflection of where you are right now?

Affirmation: Everyone I meet is a radiant child of the One Life. I shine my light and love by focusing on their light and inner beauty.

Look for Possibilities

Look for Possibilities

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” —  Helen Keller

Quantum physics teaches that we live in a Universe that is influenced by the observer. In experiment after experiment, it has been shown that what the observer expects to see influences the way the material in the experiment behaves. Who is the observer in the experiment of your life? You are. What you expect to see influences the way your life unfolds.

So stop looking for what doesn’t work. Stop trying to find the weak point. Every time you focus on these things you help make them appear in your reality. Start looking for the greater good. Start looking for the possibility. Start imagining how it might be true or might work. With your optimism you are now positively influencing the very fabric of creation to conspire for your great good. Now, go out and expect your good to unfold in your life!

Reflection: Where are you looking for what’s wrong or focusing on what’s not working? What positive thing can you focus on instead?

Affirmation: I focus on my life with optimism and enthusiasm. I look for those places where things are working and where I am fulfilled and happy.

Beyond Either/Or is Possibility Thinking

Beyond Either/Or is Possibility Thinking

A false dilemma (also called false dichotomy, the either-or fallacy, fallacy of false choice, black-and-white thinking, or the fallacy of exhaustive hypotheses) is a type of logical fallacy that involves a situation in which only two alternatives are considered, when in fact there is at least one additional option. The options may be a position that is between the two extremes (such as when there are shades of grey) or may be a completely different alternative. “ — Wikipedia

In an infinite Universe, there is so much more creativity and possibility than “either-or”. Black and white thinking limits the Limitless. Seek other alternatives by thinking outside the box. In addition to something in between, or something completely new, there may be a 3rd way which “transcends and includes”, as Ken Wilbur describes it, the two seemingly opposite sides.

Reflection: Where in my life do I only see two options or alternatives? What might be some alternative ways of seeing or doing this? List them here no matter how silly or stupid them seem to you.

Affirmation: Spirit is infinite, so there is never only “either/or” choices. There is always 3rd, 4th or 5th alternative. I am creative and open enough to see these other options.

Compete or Cooperate – Survive or Thrive

Compete or Cooperate – Survive or Thrive

“If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.”  — Unknown

Competition comes from a scarcity mentality. In a soccer game there may only be able to be one winner, but this is seldom true in almost any other area of life. In business there are certainly many more than one customer; in creating or inventing there is more than one idea. For resources of people, money or energy there is always more than one source; and for recognition there are so many opportunities to go around..

In truth, there is no competition, unless it exists in your own mind. Spirit is infinite, so how can there be competition for resources, recognition, or success? In an Infinite Universe there is enough to go around. Try moving from competition to collaboration. You’ll be amazed at how much more relaxed life can be.

Reflection: Where does my belief in scarcity show up as a sense of competition. How could I cooperate instead?

Affirmation: I know there is enough, and more than enough of everything I need for my success. I no longer fear or engage in competition. I cooperate with the Universe for my, and others, highest good.

Don’t be Afraid to Look at What is

Don’t be Afraid to Look at What is

“It is what it is, it is what you make it.” James Durbin

Never be afraid to look at what is happening. Pretending it’s not happening doesn’t make it disappear, that’s simply called denial. For example, not balancing your check book so you don’t have to see whether you have the money you want, doesn’t change the facts about how much money is in your checking account. IT simply keeps you from being able to respond to your money in appropriate ways and may cause you to spend money you don’t even have. Now your denial has created an even bigger problem.

What you must do is to learn to do, become willing to do, is to look at whatever is going on clearly and without reactionary emotions. That means to look, simply look without judgment or criticism, without feeling like a victim or seeking blame. Simply seeing that what is, that is what is.  By simply looking at things as they are, you have a much better chance of doing something about it.

You can start creating the life you choose because you will not have given your power away to the situation, and you won’t have created additional issues.. Now you have the power within yourself to choose how you would like it to be instead, and to start moving in that direction.

Reflection: What am I afraid to look at in my life. What am I unwilling to see. What would happen if I did look at it, clear eyed and without reaction?

Affirmation: I see clearly what is, knowing that it doesn’t describe what will be. I take what it as my starting point, and build what I want from there.

Silence Nourishes the Soul

Silence Nourishes the Soul

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Silence is necessary for our soul’s nourishment. Silence is the place in which our souls can grow and expand. It is room for our spirit to breathe, our minds to rest and our emotions to become still.

There is a difference between being quiet and being in the silence. Cultivating silence in your inner life is helped by bringing silence to your outer world. Silence confronts is with all the ways we keep ourselves from being present.  We use noise to cover our mental chatter, keep ourselves from being lonely, and to pretend that we are connected.

Turn off everything making noise – the radio, TV, car stereo, computer, and phone no matter how important they may seem. Turn off your mediation music, affirmations, and the bells in the background no matter how spiritual they seem. Spend time in the silence. Discover your own company. Simply enjoy being with yourself.

Reflection: what noise do I use to drown out the silence? Am I comfortable in the silence, being with myself?

Affirmation: I rest in the silence, enjoying my own company. In the Silence I nourish my soul, rest my mind, and find myself.

Discovering Joy

Discovering Joy

“To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy…is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. — Thich Nhat Hanh

Joy is your natural and native state! Your being is always trying to return to Joy. Resolve to be Joyful.  You do this by getting out of bed with a smile. Finding moments throughout the day that make you smile.

You do it by contemplating the Joy you take in your home, family, loved ones, and nature. Invite Joy into your heart by imagine yourself filled with Joy!  Let your life become a smile.

Reflection: When are you most joyful in your ordinary day? How can you invite joy into your heart and your life?

Affirmation: I am a joy-filled, playful, open, laughing, loving being!

Dream Big!

Dream Big!

Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” —  Karen Ryan

When JFK declared that the US would land a man on the moon within the next decade, he had no idea how that was going to happen. What he knew is that unless we are willing to dream big, we will never become the greatness we are meant to be.

Along the way to achieving that dream so many amazing things were created and invented that are lives are completely altered because of that dream. You have big dreams, too. These dreams are Sprit’s impulsion to live and love, to grow and give, as YOU, through a full, rich, life which contributes in a meaningful and powerful way to all life.

So go ahead, dream big–you cannot out-dream Life! Live fully–it’s never too much for Spirit. Explore new things; it’s how Life is evolving. Love extravagantly–it’s really the only game worth playing! Every time you embrace something more, great, deeper, richer, or higher in your life, you are expanding how much of life you can express and experience.

Reflection: What is your big dream? Where are you living life to the fullest and love the most extravagantly? And where are you holding back?

Affirmation: I dream big, live large, love fully, reach deeper, and soar higher on the wings of Spirit.

Trusting Intuition

Trusting Intuition

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda

Everyone has intuition because everyone is connected to Spirit. Intuition is knowing, without knowing how you know. Intuition is the ability to know, sense, or feel something without figuring it out or having a logical, rational explanation for it. Intuition knows from the whole to the parts, rather than the other way around.

Another way of saying this is that intuition is like Spirit because Spirit is the wholeness, the Oneness, and it always knows how to create from the oneness all the many amazing and wonderful things we have, like babies, and quasars, hummingbirds and galaxies.  So intuition is about knowing the whole of anything, including knowing the “whole” of you.

You have intuition, you know, because Spirit knows. You know your own “wholeness”, your own being and reality, because you are Spirit, and Spirit always knows from the whole. So when you have confusion or uncertainty, your intuition speaks from that place of knowing, or already seeing the whole, and knowing which part you should focus on right now. Learn to hear and trust your intuition–it’s an amazing way to listen to what Spirit is trying to be – as you.

Reflection: How does my intuition communicate with me? What do I sense from my intuition about the “whole” of me?

 Affirmation: I trust that I know myself, wholly. I know what’s good for me. I know what’s best for me to do. I listen to and trust my intuition.

Resistance is a Sign – Go Forward!

Resistance is a Sign – Go Forward!

Resistance to change is proportional to how much the future might be altered by any given act.” — Stephen King

When you decide to make a change in your life you are inviting yourself to step out of your comfort zone. By definition, being out of your comfort zone, means you are uncomfortable. The discomfort usually takes the forms of resistance, excuses, or denial. We resist what is needed to bring about the change. We make excuses for not doing it or following through on what we need to do or stop doing. Sometimes we simply outright deny the need for a change because it makes us so uncomfortable. How many times have you allowed this discomfort to keep you from moving forward?

Resistance, excuses, or denial are important sign-posts that you are close to something very important in your life that has been keeping your stuck in the rut of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid. Look at your resistance. Notice your excuses. Acknowledge your denials. Examine your rut. This is the first step Now that you know these are simply ways you experience pushing outside your comfort zone you can move in spite of them, or you can dissolve them, with your intention to live your change.

Reflection: Where am I in resistance, making excuses or in denial about something I have really decided I want to have changed in my life? How is this about me being outside my comfort zone?

Affirmation: I bold step beyond the edge into the new in my life. I move confidently and easily toward my transformation. I am strong enough to face the changes.