Friday, 25 October 2013
I have often written about the power of the words that we use to describe ourselves, our situations and the people with whom we interact or speak about. Each word you say or think has an energy vibration that can either expand your awareness or limit it. When it is limited, you reduce the potential that you have for tapping into the great and infinite field of the prime source (light) energy that is governed by the law of attraction. The law of the Conservation of Energy states, “Energy cannot be naturally created or destroyed, it can however change in form.” When you recognise that you are part of the great oneness of all, this includes the sun, moon, stars, the planet and all beings, you remove the limitations that you are separate from this energy and thus learn to tap into it to your advantage.
Each word you say carries a vibration, positive words when viewed as a picture through sound waves have higher spikes and wider energy; negative words have the opposite, in that the energy is restricted. I know this all sounds extremely scientific but our bodies which house the spirit within is comprised of matter that created this planet and solar system; we are all one.
Mindfulness means that you are mindful as to what you think and what you say. When you speak words that carry a natural higher vibration, you not only increase your own vibration but of those that are around you and those much further afield. When you also acknowledge how powerful the mind is you learn to respect it by trying to keep it in a high vibratory mode. I had the opportunity this week to be an astute observer of the words that I used in my interactions. I found that I could think positive words but sometimes this did not translate correctly into sound and I had to catch myself many times from complaining. I also observed that I found it painful to hear negativity from anyone that I conversed with, even to the point that if one were even to complain about the state of the world or finances I would actually cringe. I recognised that I fell short in my translation of speaking high vibration words and vowed to do better each day.
We are part of an amazing planet and solar system. Our minds are conduits to tap into the field of infinite possibilities if we make a conscious decision to choose who will rule your mind. Will it be the voice of power, which is limitless and expansive, or will it be the voice of the ego, fearful and restrictive.
Just for today, be an observer of what you say, be mindful of the vibrational energy that you attract and give to others. Be responsible for the energy that you emit into the ether. We may not have the power to create or destroy this energy, but we certainly have the power to change its form.
Friday, 18 October 2013
When the world can seem like it is a bit too loud, too raucous or too unkind; I step into stillness and withdraw. I limit my conversations and my interactions and draw closer to the spirit within. My spirit within is indeed my very best friend. I can say that emphatically now because I have got to know her very well. I am extremely honest with her, she knows my fears, my anxieties, my perceived foibles but she loves me in spite of it all. She holds no judgements, offers forgiveness and sees the true intention behind everything I say and do.
In order to get to this point in our relationship I had to keep conversing with her, seeking her guidance, building up my trust in her and most of the time just sitting in silence with her. Knowing that she is always available whenever I needed her…no appointment necessary.
Just as you would put time and effort in developing relationships outside of yourself, how much time and effort do you think you could put to developing a relationship with your deeper self, the BIG self that lives within you? We learned by habit to listen to our ego self, to the point that our responses are automated. We do not even try to make a different choice in our reactions; we actually believe the reactions that we give are our true selves when in fact it is not. To know if you are living through the ego or not, test yourself, one way that I found helpful was in any situation where either I found myself being judgemental or at the point of reaction to a person or a situation, I would give a pause. My first thought in these situations are always to be monitored, which means I would stop and slow down my world so that I could catch up. This is the reason for the pause, this allows all the reactionary thoughts to have their say and then move out of the way for the higher self to connect with you. Any thoughts that cause you to become angry, that believes that you have been affronted in any way, that create an “I am right, you are wrong” scenario, are thoughts that require a pause. In addition, thoughts that follow on from this pause can be equally deceiving, such as “I am taking the higher road so therefore that still makes me better than you.” Again, this requires a pause, because it leaves in its wake an underlying feeling of resentment.
Sometimes, it is wise to press pause in our speech and our reactions; as the more we develop our relationship with your own inner “best friend” the less reactionary we become.
“Silence is a source of Great Strength” - Lao Tzu
“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” - William Penn
Just for today, be still and find your SELF!
Friday, 11 October 2013
“There is great strength in loving what is”
Jon Mundy PH.D excerpted from Living a Course in Miracles
When I heard this quote this week, it resonated deeply within. I repeated the phrase to commit it to memory so that I could add it to my trusted tool kit, not realising that I would be pulling it out repeatedly this week and reminding myself of what it means. My understanding of this quote is about learning to accept whatever is going on in your life in the very moment it is happening, without the need for judgement, angst or victimhood. It is about accepting people, situations, circumstances and woes with grace. It is a reminder to catch yourself from complaining about your life and learn to be in the moment no matter what it brings.
So how do you actually LOVE what is? That one was tricky, how could I love that I was feeling extremely moody and short with my children one morning, or how could I love that my car needed repairs that I could not afford and would cause me dire financial hardship. “How am I to love what is?” I thought to myself. I repeated the phase again, aloud this time, “There is great strength in loving what is.” I realised, in that moment, that I had to accept and submit to the mood that I was in and not take on the associated guilt I felt for being quick tempered. I also used a favoured Hawaiian process called Ho’oponopono, which asks you to recite four sentences to yourself “I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you and thank you.” This allowed me the space to let go of my feelings of guilt. I also repeated the Hawaiian phrase out loud to my children, who looked upon me as if I was mad initially and then realising that I was sincere, they replied, “It’s alright mum.”
To love a moment in your life is to love yourself, it also means to be kind and forgiving to you, for as you give unto yourself you give to others. Many people find it difficult to say the words I love you to themselves, but find it easy to say it to others fervently. It took me a while to be comfortable with telling myself this but I say it repeatedly throughout the day now and mean it! I realised in order for me to love what is, I had to love me without reservation. In doing so, I accepted full responsibility for my circumstances, for my actions and for whatever situation that I had attracted. This gave me great strength, because I was no longer a victim to circumstance because I ultimately had the power to choose how I was going to view it.
Just for today, make a concerted effort, in this very moment, to find strength in loving what is.
Friday, 4 October 2013
The definition of grace is as follows: Elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion or action, a pleasing or attractive quality, a manifestation of favour, especially by a superior. This made me consider what does it mean to live in Grace? The book entitled A Course in Miracles states the following:
“Grace is the acceptance of the love of God. It returns the mind to the endless present where the past and future cannot be conceived.”
For my own interpretation it means letting go of all the thoughts that I have created about the world and myself, so that I can step into a realm of peace even for a moment. Our default setting has us trying to manipulate people, events, circumstances and our lives to go in our favour, not realising that all we are doing is creating more of that which we truly do not want.
Grace means to surrender to a power greater than your own limited view. Whether you call this power God/Goddess/Higher Self/ Inner Guide/the Universe…..whatever name you choose to give it, it remains as the original essence with which you were born. It is this light that emanates from deep within you, which is your own personal connection to the source of all creation. This power, this strength, offers you peace, which is ultimately the state of grace that you seek.
In the above definition, it mentions that you keep your focus firmly fixed upon the present moment and this is the key to obtaining grace in the moment. When you bring your attention to the ever present now, all thoughts of past and future are forgotten, only this moment, this second, this NOW exists. This requires you to stretch beyond your limiting beliefs and not listen to the negative chatter, to soak in your surroundings and just be. Loving and accepting this moment exactly as it is, having a sense of knowing that in truth, everything and I mean everything will be as it is supposed to be in your life when you surrender and relinquish control
Today, I wish to confer upon you the notion that you too can walk within the realms of grace today, even for a brief moment. You do not have to be religious to step into a moment of grace, all you have to do is stop for a second, in this moment of now, take three deep cleansing breaths and affirm:
Today, I choose to live in the realm of grace.
I accept this moment exactly as it is.
I feel the love, peace and joy emanating from within me.
By grace, do I live.
Have a grace-filled weekend.