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Acceptable

Acceptable

Error is acceptable as long as we are young; but one must not drag it along into old age. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

If you were to look at your life from a detached observer’s perspective, would you find that what you’ve thought was acceptable isn’t really acceptable at all? Have you been putting up with something that depletes rather than enhances? Sometimes a situation is like a leaky faucet whose slow drip gains momentum without your noticing it until a friend asks why you can’t turn it off. Or like those gasoline prices that sneak up, up, up until they hit an unacceptable plateau.

Is your abundant flow where you would like it? Is your relationship juicy and passionate, filled with mutual support and intimacy, or could it use a bit more attention? Have you given up caring and turned off your desire for a richer experience, and just accepted that this is the way it is? No, that’s not the way it is—it’s the way you are. You may want things to be different on the outside, but not until you’re different on the inside will the outside change. Your internal dialogue that’s looping in your subjective keeps you willing to accept mediocrity. Bring awareness to what‘s no longer acceptable and enhance your inner dialogue by knowing you are worthy and anointed. The time is now. But caution—do this only if you want to enjoy your life more.

Spiritual practice: Take some quiet time to observe your life from a detached observer’s perspective and notice where your life is working well. Now, notice where you accepted things that aren’t working as well as your heart would desire because you believed that was just the way they were going to show up in your life. Cancel that level of acceptance and upgrade your creation story.

Affirmation: I am loving all areas of my life!

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Lessons from Handball

Lessons from Handball

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Law of Motion

An elementary school playground game called handball teaches kids that the ball returns at the same speed with which it hit the wall. Whether it’s hit hard or soft or sliced close to the ground, the ball will return at same force with which it’s hit. The game of handball demonstrates the law in physics that says to every action there is an equal reaction.

This same law is valid for human interactions as well, for when you project anger to those around you, you’ll be met with anger in return. If you show generosity to the world, you’ll find the world is a very giving place. If what is emanating from your countenance is love, your life will be filled with caring, loving individuals. If you create drama in your life, then your life will give you stories to tell. There is no judgment here—just the inevitable outcome of your consciousness. Change the energy you send out to the cosmic wall, and that change will come back. Play with this dependable return, and practice until you have mastered this game in life.

Spiritual Contemplation: What’s coming into your life that you no longer want? Practice some new energetic send-outs and make the adjustment to your game in order to get the return you are looking for.

Affirmation: I am grateful for the dependability of life that returns what I send out!

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Waiting for a Sign?

Waiting for a Sign?

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. . . . Wake Up and Live! Bob Marley

They’ve been working on the major highway in my part of town for almost five years now. Although it’s been an amazing engineering feat to watch, there also have been lots of lane closures, rerouting, and detours. One day the exit I usually take was in such a different place, I missed it completely—even though I’ve been using this road for years. I’ve taken wrong turns, wrong exits, and gotten trapped in one of those “you can’t get there from here” loops. I try to follow the signs, but they just aren’t always as clear as I’d like. Yet, if I’m paying attention, they are always there.

Isn’t that just like our lives? It’d be good if life came with flashing neon arrows that said, “Go this way” or “Stop!” because sometimes the signs seem very small and obscure, and far apart. But they are there if we’re paying attention. Sometimes the road tests our faith, and staying the course, especially when we haven’t had a sign in a while, can be an act of sheer courage. That’s when we need to trust our intuition, follow our direction, and rely on the Guidance of Spirit. We’ll know what we need to know, when we need to know it, as we progress down the road of abundance, freedom, and prosperity.

Spiritual Contemplation: Are you still looking for or waiting for a sign? Could there have been one that you didn’t pay attention to?

Affirmation: I pay attention to the signs that Spirit puts along my road. I walk my journey with faith and confidence.

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Focus on “What,” Not “How”

Focus on “What,” Not “How”

The term Divine Law is synonymous with the Universal Subjective Law. It is never self-knowing, though it is always self-doing. It knows how to do, but not what it is doing. The soil knows how to grow corn, but not that it is growing corn. Ernest Holmes

“But I don’t know how it’s going to work out” is one of the most common complaints I hear when I do spiritual coaching. We all want to know the how because we think if we know how, then we can fully relax and trust that it will. Often, people don’t know what they want and are waiting for the Universe to do something for them. But this is exactly backwards. Our job is to give the Universal law clear directions by providing the what that we want to experience—more abundance, a better relationship, a closer walk with God. Once we’ve stated the what, the Divine Law knows the how. That’s its job. It makes and creates the entire Universe. Surely if this Law knows how to grow babies and giant sequoias and quasars, it knows how to create what you have intended. This is the power of Divine Law.

The Infinite Intelligence of the Universe really does know how to manifest and grow things. Trying to figure out how just keeps you in your rational, egoic mind. Trusting in the Wisdom of Life, however, moves you into a deeper place of inner knowing. So plant the seed, nourish it with intention and faith, and allow it to grow under the guidance of the Divine Law. This is the powerful and joyous way to live.

Spiritual Contemplation: Where are you blocking your abundance by worrying about “how” it could happen? Have you clearly stated and intended “what” you want to demonstrate?

Affirmation: I confidently declare what I want, knowing that the Divine Law is completely able to manage how to do it. I trust the Universe! I trust Spirit! I trust Divine Law!

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Creativity Begins with Seeing

Creativity Begins with Seeing

When we were looking for a new place for our Center, we saw various buildings that might suit our needs but needed remodeling. The last one in particular really caught my eye and imagination. I could visualize the sanctuary and fellowship hall and classrooms for both kids and adults. The others with me saw something completely different, however. They saw a dirty space that had been vacant and accumulating junk and mess for five years. One man’s comment was, “I can’t imagine how this would work!” But I could . . . and we now have an amazingly perfect place we call our spiritual home! That’s how creativity begins with seeing.

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

What you see is what the Universe sees through your eyes. In every situation, there is something that can be done. Look for the glimmer of hope, the ray of possibility, or the moment of opening, and you will see with different eyes. Even if you don’t recognize it right away, know that it is there. It may not seem to be what you are looking for, but without examining the possibilities, you may pass the perfect opportunity by. As you truly see it, you take the first step in your creative process. Then the Universe gets busy creating your reality with you! Open your creativity by seeing through to possibilities!

Spiritual Contemplation: When have you seen the completed project even before you started? When have you focused more on what wouldn’t work instead?

Affirmation: I co-create my life with the Universe by seeing possibilities and opportunities everywhere. I am creative and open to new ideas and new ways of seeing.

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What Slide Are You Looking Through?

What Slide Are You Looking Through?

Life is a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue, and each shows only what lies in its own focus. Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of my favorite teaching analogies to illustrate how we co-create our life with the Universe is to imagine that we are like a slide projector. When we plug our projector into an inexhaustible source, the light is pure and without form. It’s the slide that determines what colors and shapes will be shown on the screen of life. We can put in any kind of slide we want—any color, almost any topic, even a black one. The light will project our slide no matter what we choose.

What if you were to put in a slide of Abundance, or a slide of beauty that’s tinged with joy and steeped in love? You decide the color and texture of your slides, so pay attention to which ones you choose. Notice how the world looks now.

Spiritual Contemplation: What’s in your slide projector? Are you looking through the lens of fear, the filters of your past, or the picture of the way things “should” be, but aren’t? Are you taking charge of your slide projector?

Affirmation: I choose to view life through the lens of Joy and Abundance. I choose to project onto the screen of my life only those things in alignment with Spiritual Truth!

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Affirmations Create Grooves of Abundance Thinking

Affirmations Create Grooves of Abundance Thinking

All those nasty old ideas that we took on from our families became habitual ways of thinking because we heard the same things said as negative affirmations so many times that the ideas became etched into our consciousness. These old habits of thinking were created by negative mantras: “You’re stupid,” “You can’t trust anyone,” “Life is hard.”

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. Wilfred Arlan Peterson

Affirmations, on the other hand, are powerful, positive mantras that can build new grooves in our consciousness and create new habits of thinking. Every time your thoughts get caught in the groove of “not enough,” say your favorite mantra (positive affirmation) instead. “There’s always enough in God!” or “Somehow, I always have enough, no matter what.” But don’t say them just once or twice—say them repeatedly so that a new groove is worn in your brain, a new pathway of thought.

When you change your thinking, you change your life. Change your consciousness, the habits of thought, and the Universe instantly begins to support that new way. A new consciousness is the most powerful creative force in the world.

Spiritual Contemplation: What are your most cherished, habitual limiting grooves of thought? Create new affirmations instead, just five to seven words that you can memorize and repeat constantly for days on end.

Affirmation: I am one with God! I am completely Abundant!

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Creativity and Spirituality

Creativity and Spirituality

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher

The creative process and the spiritual path have much in common. Just as the best novelists create their characters from themselves and their plots from personal experiences, Life is constantly preparing you to walk your spiritual path. All that you experience today has its place of value in your tomorrows. Trusting what is before you is perfect preparation for life’s coming attractions. Look back and see how far you’ve come! See how your past has forged you into who you are today. Relax into your Divine Guidance, knowing that tomorrow will be even better!

Spiritual Contemplation: What from your past has provided the most mileage on your spiritual journey? How are you creatively using your past to grow a better future?

Affirmation: I create a joyous future from the things I learn and experience today. I see my past as part of the process of growing. I release all judgment about where I’ve come from or what I’ve gone through.

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Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox

He found himself wondering at times, especially at the autumn equinox, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams. J. R. R. Tolkien

The autumn equinox is when day and night are of about equal duration, which occurs again in the spring. The word equinox comes from two Latin words meaning equal and night. It’s a time of balance before the night takes over and brings the coming winter. Although many may want to avoid the dark, if we desire to be in the light, we must first face our inner darkness. Spirit is Omnipresent—as fully present on the dark half of the wheel as it is on the light. It’s our cultural connotations that have put an out-of-balance onus on the concept of darkness.

In the New Thought movement, many people would prefer to always skip around in the light of the endless summer, but autumn is the regenerative grounding that makes way for the birth of the eventual new light. Without rest, we would burn out. Without descent there is no ascent. The procession of equinoxes is a common story that has been symbolized throughout time to remind us of the role of darkness and light in creating movement through polarity. The Egyptians had Horus, the god of the sun, battling Seth, the god of darkness. Our ancestors knew the valuable part darkness played in one’s evolution and did not superstitiously fear it or ignore it but embraced it. In the spiritual work of transformation, all things must die before they can be reborn.

Spiritual Contemplation: This Autumn Equinox prepare yourself for some hibernation and slumbering. Honor your regenerative time; be willing to go within for a while without guilt or fear.

Affirmation: I welcome the quiet cycle of my life!

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International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

To celebrate International Day of Peace we remember that: Peace cannot be achieved through violence it can only be attained through understanding. Ralph Waldo Emerson

In 1981 the General Assembly of the United Nations passed International Day of Peace—a day dedicated to world peace when all violence is to pause. On this day warring factions are asked to put down their weapons so people can breathe in the air of peace. On this day we educate our youth about peace. The day begins with the ringing of the peace bell at the United Nations headquarters. The bell, which is inscribed “Long live absolute world peace,” was cast from coins donated from children around the world as a reminder of the human cost of war.

Take time in your heart to unite with and support those who suffer from the brutality of war today. Find ways in which you can stop any hostile emotions in your personal expression that might be adding to the collective consciousness of violence. Peace is essential for a foundation of progress and sustainability. The United Nations asks you to help commemorate this day through education and public awareness of issues relating to peace. It’s everyone’s responsibility to see that future generations do not suffer from the scourge of war during our lifetimes. The journey to peace must be traveled together and you can be part of that now. We all have the right to peace.

Spiritual Contemplation: Pause at noon today and contemplate what peace feels like on our planet and what it means to our human family!

Affirmation: Today peace grows on the planet because of me!

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Recharged

Recharged

The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected. Swedish Proverb

As the long lazy days of summer fade into memories and the sun fights with the winds of change, there is a lingering of what is to fortify you for what lies ahead. You returned from vacation recharged with the energy of newfound excitement for your daily doings. You found a truth within you greater than all that is in the outer world. With this realization has come a newfound freedom that is yours as a guest of this world.

As a guest of life, all has been provided for you including your food, clothes, and relationships. What you owe in return is to be the best conduit for life to flow through. In order to dwell harmoniously, an occasional adjustment to consciousness is necessary, and taking a break from the routine of the day is an ideal way to get your timing back in place. First adjust your consciousness, and then watch your conditions change naturally. The entire world doesn’t need to be transformed; the illumined consciousness of just one person who returns recharged and renewed to his daily world will make a significant difference. And you are that person.

Spiritual Contemplation: How has the thought of the drudgery of returning to your daily activity robbed your recharge? How can the newfound energy excite you about what you do?

Affirmation: My spiritual recharge is lasting!

Walk the Path

Walk the Path

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Buddha

Sometimes I wonder if I walk the path of my own heart, or am following someone else’s road? I love reading new books. I love hearing about new authors and new spiritual places and new techniques for spiritual and personal healing. There is great inspiration in learning about other people’s walk and how they got where they are in their spiritual development. Sometimes however, it seems like spirituality becomes a fad, and we have to get on the bandwagon of the next great idea. Occasionally I even feel judged if I don’t take the same supplement, go to the same “healer,” or do a certain type of practice.

To walk the path of enlightenment is to follow your own inner truth. What I’ve noticed is that it’s easy to be influenced by someone else’s way of living a spiritual life. It’s easy to think if you do it just the way “they” did, you’ll reach enlightenment. But your path is your own. You cannot walk someone else’s. The Universe is so infinite and so creative that there are countless paths to the Divine. Allow your own revelations to provide direction and inspiration. This is Spirit’s illumination in your life. TRUST your own Divine Intuition. Walk the path that is yours to walk.

Spiritual Contemplation: Where are you following a spiritual fad? What does your inner guidance show you as your primary spiritual path?

Affirmation: I walk my own Spiritual Path with God. I invite inspiration from others and my own inner light to illuminate my way.

Your Life Is Your Masterpiece

Your Life Is Your Masterpiece

What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a Masterpiece unfolding, every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath. Thomas Crum

Don’t quit! Don’t take no for an answer. Don’t let yourself get sidetracked because the first or second thing didn’t work out. Stay focused on your destination, even if it takes time. Stay focused on creating the life of your dreams. Stay focused on the spiritual principles and practices that move you into a deeply connected and creative life.

Step out in faith, with determination and persistence. Keep trying new colors and textures as you paint on the canvas of your life. Listen to the song that is singing in your veins and the tune that is whispering on your breath. Trust that the Universe is rearranging everything in your favor, no matter how long it takes! Your life is your masterpiece. Get lost in the process and enjoy being with yourself.

Spiritual Contemplation: if I live my life as a masterpiece, a work of art I’m creating every day, how might I do and be differently?

Affirmation: I am creating a work of art with my life. It is my gift to God.

Here, Now is Already There

Here, Now is Already There

The grass is always greener on the other side. Proverb

A young man once came across a mighty river as he journeyed home. Stunned at its expanse, he stood on its banks and looked across with focused contemplation as to how to cross it. For half of a day he wandered up and down the riverbank attempting to find a way across. Just as he was about to give up, he saw a wise-looking man sitting quietly on the other side. In haste, he shouted, “Oh wise one, can you tell me how to get to the other side of the river?” The wise one contemplated his knotted hands for a while before looking up and down the riverbank and responding. “My child, you are on the other side.”

Perspective is a powerful spiritual tool. What if you are already on the other side of your issue but you just don’t realize it? Are you one who paces the banks of consciousness ruminating endlessly on your perplexing issue until you’ve exhausted yourself, only to find that when you give up the battle of the anxiety, the concern has dissolved? What side of the matter do you want to be on—the one of struggle or the one of ease? The perspective is yours for the choosing.

Spiritual Contemplation: Are there any wide and expansive crossings you are looking at? What if you were on the other side already—what would that mean to your issue at hand?

Affirmation: I realize I am where I need to be!

Divine Filters

Divine Filters

Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying. Ralph Waldo Emerson

One day an old woodworker went to his garage to find his favorite chisel. After some time of being unable to find it, he began to suspect that his neighbor’s kid had swiped it. After all, he was always hanging around and interested in his carvings. After more thought he became certain it was the kid, especially since the kid acted increasingly more uneasy and nervous around the old man. One day, however, the woodworker discovered that the chisel set had somehow been knocked over and had been behind the shop table the whole time. The magical part of this story is that the kid no longer seemed nervous and uneasy after the woodworker realized that his suspicions were unfounded.

Your mind is a powerful filter and all you perceive must go through the filters of your consciousness. Your attitudes and assumptions about the ones you are with are felt long before you open your mouth. Your true attitude about God is reflected beyond what words you prophesize. It is your desire for something more that creates a sense of separation or leads to the thought that you can be satisfied with something other than the divine. Let your only desire be to know God, particularly in situations that are pulling you to less than divine filters of seeing life.

Spiritual Contemplation: How in the past have you allowed your judgments to get in the way of the truth? How did it feel when the truth was revealed to be contrary to what you believed? Where are you now allowing life’s situations to pull you from seeing through Divine Filters?

Affirmation: I am seeing through Divine Filters!