Monday, March 26, 2012
So, what is preventing you from fully expressing yourself, from being all you came forth to be? It doesn’t have to be anything grand, in fact you may very well be doing that which you are here to do at this very moment and yet, you may feel unfulfilled. What if you are exactly where you are supposed to be and didn’t know it? If we spend all our time reaching out into some imaginary future where, when we ‘someday’ arrive, we will be happy…life is wasted and unappreciated. Did you know that happiness and peace are to two main reasons anyone ever does anything…they believe that__________ it will ‘make’ them happy. In truth, happiness is available to us right here and now…it’s a choice. Okay, then what is it that you haven’t believed you are actually capable of doing, having, being? Hog wash!!! You are powerful beyond measure and the only thing stopping you is you…the thoughts you continually play between your ears. STOP IT! You must wake up and you must know. The world is waiting, no, it is in need of whatever you have within you to bring forth. Please stop playing it small and get on with whatever it is you truly desire. There is no time like the present and this particular point in time is poised and ready for all of us to take that leap of faith and ‘go for it!”
Begin each day by stating out loud, “Today I am ready to bring forth my unique gifts!” “I have nothing to lose and everything to gain by being the best me I can be.” “I choose love and release all fear!” Repeat these truths throughout your day, put them up on post it notes in your car, on your bathroom mirror, on your refrigerator… everywhere. When the fear comes up, laugh at yourself for having believed all this time that ‘it’ had any power over you…it doesn’t…only the power you give it. Know and know you know that life is, always has been and always will be on your side, supporting and sustaining you every step you take. Be kind to yourself and all others and keep choosing love moment to moment no matter what tries to pull you off course. You are bigger, more powerful and wiser then you often remember…but you are and can be whenever you choose. The same is true of everyone so honor each person for the path they are on and know that by modeling the truth you give them permission to remember their own. Allow yourself to go for the gusto shinning your light brightly so as everyone, including yourself have the eyes to see. May you choose the highest and best, moment by moment, allowing yourself to truly LIVE!!!
Thursday, March 08, 2012
We came forth into our bodies clear, awake, conscious and fully connected to our Source. We were powerful and commanded everyone’s undivided attention. As time went by we lost our way, conditioning, programming and a need to conform threw us into a deep state of amnesia. Many of us remained there for decades unaware of our truth. We are free will beings gifted with an outstanding guidance system (our emotions) capable of incredible success, fulfillment and contribution. Finally, there came a point when we asked ourselves, “Is this all there is…work, sleep, survival, existence?” “Where’s the joy, when do I get to have fun and be happy?” Fortunately, if we were open and seeking truth, we discovered a ’God spark’ deep within our hearts and began to remember who we really are. This is what happened to me and what has brought me to my present endeavor. As a born teacher, one who loves to inspire and uplift, I am now guided to teach what I most needed to learn…empowerment.
The question begging to be asked is, “How does one go about regaining their power and what does it mean to be empowered?” It, like most things, is a process and there really is no right or wrong way to approach it. My experience was to begin by tuning in, taking time for inner reflection, quiet time/meditation and asked myself a couple simple but difficult questions. First, “What do I REALLY want?” To my surprise the first 5-8 things I came up with were deflections, superficial, fairly insignificant and upon deeper contemplation, discarded and I continued digging. What most people finally get to, shockingly, is that a state of being is what they want. Not a person, place or thing. Most of us simply want to be at peace, happy and serene. With initial review, one might think well, that’s easy enough but if it were, wouldn’t everyone be joyous and free? The second question I asked was, “Do I have a conscious, intimate relationship with my Higher Power?” I thought I did but when I looked at this critically, I realized I was just giving it lip service. I wasn’t connecting on a heart level daily, hourly, moment to moment with Source, no instead, I was doing some quick, “Pleases and Thank you’s, a couple minutes of prayer work,” and then I was off with my day never giving IT another thought. After all, we are spiritual beings having a human experience and as such we are primarily vibrational and energetic by nature. It stands to reason that if we are buzzing through life like little autotons, unconscious, disconnected, we are reacting to life out of subconscious programming rather than responding. It’s easy to see how we would ultimately feel unsatisfied and dead inside.
The pathway back to the joy filled, confident, enthusiastic way of being, re: empowerment, which is usually left behind with your youth, is a path of remembering. Innately you ‘know’ who and what you are but it can take some effort to uncover it from beneath all the conditioning and lies, and limiting beliefs. Journaling is an excellent tool and even if you just write couple sentences each day, you will find yourself wending your way back to your truth. You will soon discover beliefs that you have long ago out grew and once you are aware of them, you can let them go replacing them with the truth for you. Next, delve into your imagination and allow yourself to day dream and explore creative outlets. Paint, draw, play with clay, bead or anything that takes you out of your left brain and gives you the opportunity to strengthen your right brain activity. Research has proven that Monks and other people with extensive meditation practices spend the majority of their time functioning out of their right hemisphere. This is where we can excess thoughts and feelings of our oneness, our connectedness and our sense of belonging. Learning to develop that side of our brains creates an easy excess route to our Higher Power. Meditation is also designed to quiet the left hemisphere and settle us down enough to hear our inner guidance. Truly, your heart will always accurately guide you as you take time to check in and feel your way. Less thinking and more feeling…this will help tremendously.
Take out your daily planner and block out time for YOU!!! This is key to regaining your power…you have to matter to you; you must become a priority and remember how to feel worthy. Write in time for spiritual practices, meditation, journaling, creative endeavors, relaxation (time to just ‘BE’ like candle lit bubble baths). Chances are there is very little if any of this going on for you and if you don’t decide to plan, do the work and the self-care, frankly, no one is going to provide it for you. No one can actually do this for us; we must choose to do this work for ourselves. Remember, the goal is empowerment, inner peace and an overall sense of well-being. These can not only be accomplished but it will bring you back to the truth of you. When you are tuned in, tapped in and turned on, living from your truth, following your heart, life is wondrous, exciting and an amazing journey.
Wishing you clarity, and a happy, mind, body and spirit now and forevermore.