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Expanding Time

Expanding Time

“We must learn to keep ourselves awake by an infinite expectation of the dawn.” — Henry David Thoreau

When doing yoga, there is a magical moment between postures where you breathe and center yourself for the next Asana. In this brief space, time expands and there is a replenishing, calming, and energizing for the next posture that’s to come. It’s in this gap between actions, that you get to choose how you approach the next activity. Whether energized or exhausted, it’s up to you.

In the day-to-day busyness, if you pay attention, you’ll notice there is a moment where one activity ends before the next one begins. No matter how busy your life is, there is still a space between each action.  Bring your attention and breathe into this space. Choose to calm your mind before it races off to your next obligation. You’ll find time expands, your body relaxes, and your approach to whatever is at hand won’t be clouded with the carryover from what was.

Reflection: Practice breathing and centering between activities.

Affirmation: I remember there is a moment to breathe between my activities.

Let Your Imagination Soar!

Let Your Imagination Soar!

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” — John Muir

One of the most amazing things about being a human being is that you can imagine something that you’ve never seen or experienced before.  JFK imagined us going to the moon.  Edison imagined that there must be a better way to make light than with fire.  Neither of these things had been done before, so it was through the power of imagination that the field of our human experience was expanded by these, and so many other, inventions and ideas.

What is so amazing is that you can imagine anything, everything, way beyond what you are currently experiencing.  This expands your life into the realm of possibility, which is endless.  You live in an infinite Universe, so there must be endless possibilities!

Reflection:  Where does your life need to be expanded by imagining something different than the way it currently is?

Affirmation:  I live in a limitless Universe.  I effortlessly imagine all sorts of possibilities.  My whole life expands!

Making Mistakes Is Ok

Making Mistakes Is Ok

“Every artist was first an amateur.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Being creative does not only include artistic endeavors.  You bring creativity to all aspects of your life every time you use your imagination to create a new way of seeing, being, or doing something.  Every time you try something new or think outside the box, you are being creative.

The biggest trick to being creative is to not worry about mistakes or perfection. Too often you hold yourself back because you don’t yet know how to do the new thing, perfectly. Or you’re not sure if you really know how to think outside the box.  Just start somewhere!  As you practice, you can get better at it.

Reflection:  Is your perfectionism or unwillingness to feel awkward or make mistakes running your life?  Where could you use more creativity in your life?

Affirmation:  I am a creative being!  I think outside of the box.  I allow myself to try new things.

It’s Not About the Form

It’s Not About the Form

“If you would create something, you must be something.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Creating your life comes from who you are and the gift you have to give to the world.  Don’t worry so much about what form it will take – will it be this job, or should you write that book?  Focus, rather, on who you are and what your gift is.

Now, begin to look for all the ways you are already giving your gift.  These are the seeds of your creative adventure.  Build on the things that come so naturally to you. Be the gift and your creativity will flow effortlessly from your center.  The form your creativity takes will be a natural out-growth of your inner light.

Reflection: Are you fixated on the form through which you think your creativity should express?  Where are you already being creative?

Affirmation:  I allow my creativity to flow from my inner most being.  I let the form it will take emerge naturally, from who I am.

Embracing Change

Embracing Change

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” — Helen Keller

The only permanent thing in this world is Change. Spirit may be absolute and unchanging, but the physical world in which you live is constantly changing.  Change is as inevitable as the seasons.  Rather than clinging to what is or trying to avoid what’s coming, learn to welcome change.

Seek to embrace the chaos and uncertainly that come with releasing the familiar and moving into something new. This creates opportunity and possibility rather than resistance and despair.  When change is inevitable, flow with it; this way you will see the new opportunity in front of you, rather than being stuck gazing longingly at the one that is now going away.  Allow yourself to be changed and moved.  This keeps you sane and healthy, ready to open the next new door.

Reflection:  Where am I resisting change in my life? What am I not willing to let go of?

Affirmation:  As this door closes, a new one is opening.  I turn my attention to what was and am completely available to what is and what is coming!

Patience! Give it to me now!

Patience! Give it to me now!

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

“Patience is a virtue Posses it if you can; Seldom in a woman And never in a man!” — Proverbs

This anonymous poem speaks volumes about how our culture experiences patience.  In this instant gratification world, you may discover that you want things to change as instantly as you can press a button and get an entirely new webpage to buy from.  Unfortunately, while there is no time in God, it is often actually necessary for something to grow in this space-time-continuum.

Patience with the unfolding process is a part of being Present.  Your change and healing may not be instantaneous, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.  Delay is not denial, just the molecules of the Universe rearranging themselves for your good.  Look for small signs along the way.  EXPECT things to shift and serendipitous events to take place.  One day, you’ll awaken to see that the change has already arrived!

Reflection:  Are you patient with the process?

Affirmation:  I am patient with myself and with others. I am patient with the process of growth, and I relax into the unfolding of Life.

Opening the Flow

Opening the Flow

“The whole course of things goes to teach us faith. We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening we shall hear the right word…. Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which flows into you as life, place yourself in the full center of that flood, then you are without effort impelled to truth, to right, and a perfect contentment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is more than enough creativity, joy, abundance, and life to go around.  Trust in the Infinite Supply and Abundance of the Universe! You can not run out of ideas or creative solutions, because you live in an Infinite Reality. Remember, there is always something more. This expands your pipeline and opens the channels.

Fear and worry come from a belief in scarcity and lack, as if all the new or good ideas have already been thought, and all the creative options have already been tried. This “scarcity mentality” contracts and restricts the flow.  Know you stand in the midst of the stream of life, even if you can’t see it or feel it. Your powerful, positive mental attitude of TRUST will make the difference!

Reflection:  Where is your creativity constricted? How can you place yourself in the middle of the abundant flow of life?

Affirmation:  I trust in the abundantly creative flow of Life, moving through me right now.

It’s Better Together

It’s Better Together

“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” — Lena Horne

Rugged individualism, spiritual pride, or a need to do it yourself, may be causing your load to be heavier than it needs to be.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  There is nothing unspiritual about being caught in your human experience and needing help to get things straight.  Remember how good it feels when you can help someone else?  Open up and let someone do that for you!

That’s why Spirit created friends and community… so you can celebrate with each other when things are great and lift each other up when things are not.  Don’t wait until you are happy to be around others or to get involved in mutual support.  Find a prayer partner, get a sangha group. Reach out!  Do it today and discover how much easier it becomes to carry your load along the way!

Reflection:  Where could you ask for help or let someone else support you?  What are you willing to do to reach out?

Affirmation:  I am strong enough to ask for help!  I invite others to support me with the same ease with which I support others.

“Why?” Is Not A Useful Question

“Why?” Is Not A Useful Question

“We need not ask why these things are so. There can be no reason given as to why the Truth is true. We do not create laws and principles, but discover and make use of them.”  —  Ernest Holmes

“Why me?” or “Why do I keep ending up with this place/job/relationship/thought?” are not useful questions.  You are here out of habit.  The Law is simply creating for you a mirror of what you believe, expect, or accept to be the way life is.  Asking “why” is like trying to brush the hair of your reflection in the mirror!

The question is never “why”. The more useful question is, “Now what?”  “Now what” invites you to think about what you want instead. This is creating a new future, rather than simply repeating the past. Then, you must keep re-choosing that new thought/act/word/being, over and over, until it becomes your new habit.

Reflection:  Where are you stuck on the question, “Why?” How would it change if you asked, “Now what?”, instead?

Affirmation:  I no longer look to the “Why?” of the past. Instead, I focus on the “What?” of my future.

Beyond Fate

Beyond Fate

“The Karmic Law is not kismet.  It is not fate but cause and effect.  It is a taskmaster to the unwise; a servant to the wise.” — Ernest Holmes

The Law of Cause and Effect is a stern taskmaster but a willing servant. The causes you have set in motion have been playing out in your life. God isn’t punishing you.  There are simply consequences to the inner, subconscious stories about life you have come to believe. Over and over, the Law is showing you what is stored there, without variation or relief.

The good news is you can set a new cause in motion!  You can create new ideas and generate new beliefs, which the Law will just as willingly and truthfully out-picture in your life.  By truly changing your mind/heart/beliefs about something, you can co-create a new reality.  Use the Law; don’t be used by It!

Reflection:  Is there any area of your life where you rail against fate or the way things are?  What belief is operating that the Law is using to create?

Affirmation:  The Law is my willing servant.  I consciously co-create my life by setting a new cause in motion.

It’s Right Here

It’s Right Here

“The Kingdom of Heaven is within.” — Jesus of Nazareth

How often do you strive to transcend your life and your problems into a spiritually enlightened state?  Yet the Master Teacher reminds us the Kingdom of Heaven is not some place or time.  It is “at hand”; it is “within.”

The whole point is to live the Kingdom of Heaven right here on Earth!  Not to seek to remove the human from the spiritual world, but to bring Spirit right here, to earth, to every human situation and experience.  You are in the “Kingdom of Heaven” when you know “the Christ Consciousness that You Are” and you let it take charge of your life.  This brings you into alignment with the forces of the Universe and bestows peace, joy, bliss, and contentment to your very being.  Isn’t that the definition of Heaven?

Reflection:  When do you try to “run away” to heaven and leave your earthly experience behind?  How can you bring Spirit into that situation?

Affirmation:  I reveal the Kingdom of heaven, right here and right now.  I am a bringer of Light and Love, Presence and Peace.  I bring Heaven to Earth!

Receive the Nourishing Rain….

Receive the Nourishing Rain….

“Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.” — Hosea Ballou

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” — John Updike

When you were a kid, did you ever run outside to stand in the warm, pouring rain?  We did!  We’d throw back our heads with mouths wide open and “catch” the raindrops on our face and tongue.  We’d create whole dam systems in the rivulets that ran beside the road.  I remember feeling absolutely nourished and washed clean by those summer rains.

You are nourished by the gentle presence of Life, just as the earth is nourished by the rain.  Spirit is forever showering you with life.  Love is always radiating into your life.  Light is forever illuminating your way. Stand open in the “rain” of Life’s bounty and allow yourself to receive the blessings of this downpour of Love, Joy, Wholeness, and Peace.  Let it wash your mind and heart clean of the past.  Open your heart and mind wide to take it all in!

Reflection:  Are you open to the nourishing rain of the Presence?  Where are you holding up a blocking “umbrella”?

Affirmation:  I allow Spirit to wash over me, nourishing and fulfilling all my needs.  My Light and Love overflow and nourish others.

Stop Comparing

Stop Comparing

“Comparison is the death of joy.” — Michael Gott

“Remember this, you are absolutely unique, just like everyone else.” — Margaret Mead

Never compare yourself to anyone else.  Your gift is unique and precious.  No one creates, thinks, feels, or sees the world just like you do. You can always find someone you think is better at something than you are.  Do not try to be just like them.  Allow them to inspire you to possibility, not imitation.

You can also find someone who isn’t as good as you.  Thus, you can, at any moment, feel both superior and inferior – neither of which is true.  You are a precious, unique, one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-repeated incarnation of Life Itself… just like everyone else.  See it in yourself.  See it in others.

Reflection:  Where do I compare myself to others?  What opportunity or possibility is this blocking in my life?

Affirmation:  I am a unique and precious expression of Life.  I am exactly who I am.  My gift to life is only mine to give.

Stick-to-it-ness!

Stick-to-it-ness!

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration! — Thomas Edison

Being creative may start with an idea, but then it moves into implementation.  This is often the place where it fizzles out because of a lack of discipline, drive, and willingness to stick to it.

“You can do it!”   “Attitude is everything.”   “Believe you can, and you can.”  These are not simply empty words.  This is a powerful formula for the alchemy of consciousness that causes you to succeed.  This is the discipline required of you to do what you want and to create the life and success you desire.  Yes, you CAN do it! Just start, and then stick to it.

Reflection:  Am I easily discouraged?  Do I easily give up?  What attitude do I have towards my goals and dreams?

Affirmation:  Yes, I Can!  Spirit supports me!  I am consistent, committed, and diligent in moving toward my dreams and goals.

Creativity

Creativity

“It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.” — Julius Caesar

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw

Isn’t Life amazing?  Here you are, surrounded by a planet that feeds you, friends that love you, and a life that’s yours for the making.  What are you creating with this marvelous life of yours?  Are you creating busyness, unhappiness, or boredom?  Or, are you creating connection, creative expression, meaningful activity, and hope?

Your life is as amazing as YOU decide to make it!  Stop believing in your own lack of creativity.  You are as creative as the Universe, because the Macrocosm is reflected in you, the microcosm!  All the creative nature of Life is available to you, right now!  What do you want to create?

Reflection:  Do you believe in your ability to create the life of your dreams?  What’s holding you back?

Affirmation:  I now create the fulfilling, meaningful, loving, and expressive life of my dreams.  My life is amazing!