A Metaphysical Look at Death


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When someone has made their transition, they’ve left this plane of existence. Some call this experience death. While we may fully embrace the idea of ongoing life, we may still feel the “rope burn” of having someone/something we desired, pulled from our grasp. We can bless and know the person making their transition moves on the wings of love, and also grieve for the fact that we miss our physical companionship with the person who has made their transition.

We agree we live in a three-dimensional world, when in fact, science has discovered twelve dimensions of which they’re aware. This validates many experiences people have had that do not fit neatly into out three-dimensional world thinking. Religious Science (not Christian Science, not Scientology) does not take a stand on reincarnation, but does teach that just as in nature, life is ongoing and there are different levels of experience. While we may return to this exact place, there is no waste, and no finality to spirit.

When our soul arrived to this life experience there was a celebration. Who are we to think we’re the only ones waiting to celebrate the arrival of souls? It’s much like a boat sailing into the horizon. we stand on shore, feeling loss as we lose view of the boat. Yet, there are others on the distant shore waiting in excitement for its arrival.

 It is because you believe you are born that you fear death. Who is it that was born? Who is it that dies? Look within. what was your face before you were born? Who you are, in reality, was never born and never dies. let go of who you think you are and become who you have always been (Levine, Who Dies? an investigation of Conscious living and Dying).

Yes, we experience that “rope burn” when someone we love pulled out of our physical experience. And yes, I believe there is celebration for their arrival on the next plane. They move on—and into the wings of love. Peace.

An Affirmative Prayer. Boston Marathon


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An affirmative prayer/meditation. Boston Marathon.

Boston. Freedom. World Famous Marathon. Patriots. Wicked Pissa People!

For this city so full of life, heart and drive the nation stops. Amidst the news coverage of gore and sadness, Bostonians pull together offering help in many forms — tearing off their own clothes to make tourniquets, offering help at hospitals, opening homes and hearts to strangers. This is where to focus. The human spirit. Triumph. Good.

When we’re out of distance to physically help, affirmative prayer and affirmative thoughts of good are the help we can give. As I sit here in California, I hold Boston, its people and those who traveled to celebrate its event in my heart; in meditation/affirmative prayer. Please join me. Not just today, but every time you hear the news tell you all that’s wrong.

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There is One Presence for Good. This Power is God. I allow God the Good to express in, around, through and for me.

While I can appreciate differences and celebrate similarities, there is no separation. We are one. I recognize this connection in all people, places and events. Nothing can disrupt the peace of my soul because I am aware of our oneness.

I am poised and alert. In my mind, heart, or in person, I  offer my knowingness of Good to those who are in the shock-wave of chaos, media and collective consciousness saying otherwise.

I do not discount anyone’s pain or fear, but shine the Light for them to see the pathway into hope, optimism and strength. Just as flowers reach for light and birds sing at the break of day, the soul yearns for and celebrates the Light. I am a Light-Being. It may show up as listening patiently, driving respectfully, or volunteering somewhere I’m happy to serve.

I forgive anyone I’ve allowed to shake my foundation of peace. I move forward in trust. I am the right person at the right time to do what needs to be done for complete healing. I draw to me the right people at the right time to assist me in this achievement. There is peace. There is healing. There is Good in this situation. I let it be. And so it is.

How to Turn it Around


Having some tough days? You CAN turn it around. That’s not to say issues will completely disappear, but the way in which we see them, and the way in which they affect us will shift. It’s true. It’s all perspective. See your situation as “falling together” not “falling apart.” Step away from the TV and the news, and the people who bring you “facts.” (Funny how they’re never uplifting, are they?) Keep in mind that facts change, but Truth remains constant. You will experience Truth when you stop giving facts power.

Yes, you need to pay attention to facts: People get sick, lose their job, some marriages crumble. But none of that is Truth. We’re whole, perfect and complete. We’re souls of Light having a human experience. We have free will, and as we learn and grow, we’ll have less of the high and low swings, and a more consistent, higher than neutral level of life. You CAN turn it around.

It takes commitment. It takes standing your ground with your own monkey-mind chatter that begs to distract you from meditation, or positive self-talk. It takes getting off the couch or iPhone and going for a walk for the purpose of finding good, beauty, and ways the Universe supports you. Your ARE provided for! Open your eyes. Accept it. Focus on your Truth, and the Truth of those around you.

No matter what it looks like right now, there’s a situation somewhere about to change. You Can Turn It Around! Enjoy the process. There are no mistakes. Keep moving forward.

Don’t Play Small


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Have you ever dressed down, or dumbed down to comfort someone around you? Maybe you felt you were too happy, so you toned it down for the person who was in a grumpy mood. Maybe you quit learning to play classical music because someone told you it was too uppity, and you believed them.

Marianne Williamson wrote the passage below. This was read at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, 1994. Embrace your greatness as you read it. Hold your head high and march forward, liberating and others into the birthright of greatness.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

When we overcome our fear of greatness, we step into our greatness. Not in the sense of ego, but in the sense of True magnificence. You have every right to be here, just as the stars above. Let your Light shine! Smile! Laugh! Be still, be quiet. Be True. Playing small does not serve the world.

The Conscious Mind Guards the Sub-Conscious


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The main function of the conscious mind is to protect the sub-conscious mind; to stand guard. The only thing that limits us is our belief system. By impressing on our own mind with the thoughts and actions of what we desire to experience, we impress the same thoughts on the Universal Mind. This is to pray without ceasing. We don’t need to hold the thought, but know it is already done, and release it. There’s nothing our subconscious doesn’t know. It’s our intuition when properly directed. The sub-conscious mind works all the time—with or without our making any effort. When one falls asleep in front of the TV, the sub-conscious mind is still taking in the commercials, the world news—everything the conscious mind missed. The nature of the sub-conscious mind is to obey and create. It never doubts, questions or initiates. The sub-conscious mind only says, “Yes”.

We have the capacity to choose. Whatever our sub-conscious mind accepts, it will bring to pass. If everyone who ran around saying, “I’m a millionaire” believed it at a sub-conscious level, we’d see a lot more millionaires. (And just because they haven’t manifested it quickly, doesn’t mean they won’t.)

Here are a few things you can do to check in with what you’re thinking:

  • Set an alarm (kitchen, watch, phone…) to go off at random throughout the day. When it goes off, write down what you were thinking about, or your self-talk.
  • In the morning when you awake, notice how you feel, or the very first thing you think, or say.
  • Write an affirmation to use throughout the day. Write it in the present, positive tense, first person. (I am healthy versus I’m not sick, or I’ll be healthy.) Keep it short so you can remember it and repeat it. If you have a goal of paying off your bills start with an affirmation of something like “I am financially wise” instead of “I am a millionaire.” Once you are debt free, or have savings put aside, then you can move the affirmation to the next level. (It’s the feeling, and if you feel discouraged while you’re saying you’re a millionaire, you won’t be one.) Stretch yourself, but not so much that you give up in a week because you feel defeated, and not supported. The idea is to keep moving up the scale, not to stop at the first affirmation you ever do.

It’s all true to the sub-conscious mind


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I encourage you to keep an “answered prayer treatment list.” We pray. We receive. Then what? We often forget, or discredit how great the answered prayer was! We fall back into feeling life doesn’t support us. How can we go into Prayer Treatment expecting it to work when we don’t have the conviction of knowing the answer to our request is already ours? An answered Spiritual Mind Treatment list also acts as a proving ground for our consciousness.

Collective consciousness is one reason to take responsibility for being aware of our thoughts and beliefs. If we float through the day, without taking conscious charge of our own mind, we’ll have hoards of information coming into our sub-conscious mind, without a filter. The sub-conscious mind takes everything in as true. It’s our conscious mind that filters the information.

When I was a social worker, I visited juvenile hall to see a client. As I waited in the room for visitation, I felt sick to my stomach, like I was going to throw up. I thought about the energy in that room. It felt grungy, like the walls had a thick gray coat of anger and sadness on them. Then I thought—They do! I was feeling the collective consciousness of inmates and their visitors over the years in juvenile hall. If I hadn’t been aware of what the feeling was, I would’ve either gotten sick in that room, or felt sick the rest of the day. Instead, I became aware of the situation, and in my mind I put a shield of White Light (God’s Divine protection) around me, and started to “clean” the walls with pink (love). In my mind, I wiped down the walls with my pink sponge. The muck dripped down the walls, graying the space below what I’d just wiped clean. My client was escorted to see me before I finished the room, but I already physically felt better. I encourage anyone to do this exercise when in a place that feels disturbing. Be sure to wrap yourself in Divine protection first. That’s the conscious choice you make to not take on a lower level of vibration or consciousness of others, or the collective consciousness.

Exercise:

  • Think of one thing you can do to help shift collective consciousness in one area. “Clean” walls, send love to the neighborhood, recycle, turn off the news or TV. Seek out positive people and monitor your thoughts – even the “I was just joking” negative talk.  What are you willing to do today?

Change Your Thinking


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What happens when you go through the day on “auto-pilot”? Everything you do is one flip-switch away from “disengage.” When we’re conscious, we’re making choices with awareness. We don’t just go to the restaurant with our friend and say, “I’ll have the same as you.” A salad taste different than a melted cheese sandwich. By being conscious, we can imagine the taste and if it agrees with the mood and desire we have then. We have free will. We’re at choice.

By being aware of our consciousness, we’re not getting sucked in, or over-ridden by the collective consciousness. Try this: Go to different locations (stores, states, parts of town, countries) and just feel the energy. You’ll feel the difference, if you’re aware. You don’t even have to look for visual cues. The energy will override the passive, the “I’ll have the same as you” because I don’t want to think for myself folks. When you’re in an atmosphere like that, it’s even more important to be aware of your choices; your mindset. If you’re in a crowd and feel a shift of your mood, it’s very likely the energy of the crowd lifting or pulling you down. If it lifts you, realize you can do that on your own. You don’t need to pull from them, and it’s better if you become a contributor to that feeling rather than going to be lifted by them. Because, if you go to be lifted, you will drop when you leave that group/event.

When we pray, it’s more effective to pray for a raised consciousness than for immediate good. Many people win the lottery, or receive a windfall of money from other means, and within a few years they are broke. They had the consciousness to get the money, but not the consciousness to keep the money. This is true of relationships, health—anything. It may take longer to demonstrate when you pray for an increased consciousness, but when you do demonstrate, your consciousness is at a higher level of foundation. Once you are comfortable at this level, you will again be able to raise your consciousness to the next level. Consciousness works the same for getting and taking. What we focus on increases. Is your focus on ease and abundance, or hardship and lack? The universe responds impersonally with “Yes!”

Hoping, wanting, even working really hard doesn’t change anything—unless you change your thinking.

Exercise:

  • Everything has a level of vibration. What sound, color, shape or feeling do you hear/see/feel when you are around certain groups of people? Don’t judge, just be aware.

Cultivating Your Consciousness


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You are responsible for cultivating your consciousness. If you’re using Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) for world travel, is your passport ready? Have you figured out the route, or priced tickets? God works for us to the extent we allow It to work through us.

The Law (Universe, Law of Nature) responds to our thoughts, our beliefs, the directions we give it with conviction, or repetition. We’re responsible for everything that happens to us—”good” “or ‘bad”, and we always have free will to change what happens to us. Everything is perception. “Change your thinking, change your life” is not Pollyanna, but taking responsibility to change one’s thinking, and therefore experience. Look at your life and make a list of things that you’re proud of. Realize that you’re responsible for your consciousness drawing to you these wonderful experiences. We’re the ones who knock on the door, and we’re the ones who answer the door. The impersonal Law requires we work this way.

Make a list of things in your life of which you’re proud. This can be winning a spelling bee in grade school; a hula-hoop contest; physical healings; healings of relationships – or releasing them; going to college; getting that job – whatever you’d give yourself a pat on the back for if you didn’t get caught up in “yeah, but…” or “that would be bragging.” Once you start the list, keep it and add to it. It’ll end up being quite long! You are an expression of God. In what wonderful ways has God expressed through you so far? (Make this fun. On my list I even have things like guessing the right number of candy in the jar at a childhood friend’s birthday party – thus winning the candy!) I can still feel how excited I was.

The opposite is true, too. Taking responsibility for the beliefs, thoughts and actions that bring us down a path we decide not to continue. It doesn’t matter who gave us that belief. We can change it once we decide to. It doesn’t mean all the “wrong” thinking was “bad”, it means things may have been easier for us with “correct” thinking. Realize that “wrong” thinking may have brought us to a point to be willing to switch over to “correct” thinking. Again, it’s not about right and wrong, it’s about perspective, and what we do when we find ourself in hot water. We can either take a bath, or get out!

Happiness and your subconscious mind


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Happiness isn’t about being blind to world conditions. It’s about doing what you can to make a difference, and not giving power to things over you have no control. You can still be happy and help out causes such as abuse, neglect and hunger.

Happiness is a habit. What a great habit to think about! When you wake up, do you chose to be happy? Do you chose to have the day flow in favor of good will, right action, and peace for all? Throughout the day, give thanks. Pay for success—not just for you, but for co-workers, family members, neighbors, someone you just met. When we bless others, it comes right back to us, so why not share the blessings?

Some people say they aren’t happy, and they prove it. They are miserable! Happiness is a habit, and that habit comes from practice, and desire. Sometimes we get benefits from our “issues.” Does not being happy mean others feel sorry for you, running around, trying to “make you happy?” Or maybe since your partner doesn’t like to go out, you stay home with them, to “make you happy.” It doesn’t work. Soon enough, they’ll find another reason for someone to “do” something to “make” them happy.

I actually don’t enjoy going to restaurants. They’re loud, often cold, and uncomfortable. If the chairs don’t move, they seem a mile away from the table. The food is fatty, salty and the vegetables (if you get any) are buttered and mushy. If the place is dark, I sense cock roaches near by. For my birthday, I request an at-home meal, even if I cook. (I don’t even request it anymore, it’s just a matter of what, and who’s involved now.) Having said this, external things are the cause, not the effect of happiness. I’ve had some wonderful times at restaurants—even on my birthday. Our thoughts are the cause, and the cause creates the effect.

It serves us well to know what we like and don’t like. From there, we can make choices. In the case of restaurants, I can just go with the flow and feed my soul with the friendship that surrounds me at the restaurant. Or, I can invite the person/people over to my place for a meal, a cup of tea—whatever. I can also see if a non-meal time works and offer up a hike somewhere or a museum visit. We really are always at choice. In the last year I’ve eaten out more than ever before. I’ve even enjoyed a lot of it. I also have plenty of people take me up on a comfortable, quiet atmosphere at my place, and have met some people in the morning, or after lunch for our social fix.

Have a Happy Day!

Affirmative Prayer. Step 3 of 6. Denial.


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Denial is the third step in Spiritual Mind Treatment, if it’s used. If we experience an appearance of separation, this is the place in treatment where we direct the Energy (God, Higher Self) to remove any cause of any fear, pain, lack or beliefs in any need to experience the appearance of things unwanted.

We’re not denying there are problems. We’re denying those problems have power, and we’re denying that any cause of problems need to continue. We’re always at the point of choice. We must be honest with ourselves. If we’re too proud, hurt or stubborn, we may not be able to see that in some way, it was our misguided thinking that brought something less than wonderful into our experience. In the essay, “Spiritual Laws,” Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “Let us take our bloated nothingness out of the path of the divine circuits.” The issue to be dealt with is never the experience (the effect) but the belief (the cause) behind it. If you’re having trouble at work, it’s not the work. There’s a belief, even if deep and unknown that needs to be healed to change the situation. When that belief is changed, the situation will change. You may love the job, or find a better one. If the belief isn’t dealt with, and you just leave the job, you’ll have a hassle at the next job, too. Levels of consciousness follow us. The good news is if we grow our consciousness, that follows us, too.

Dealing with the cause instead of the effect, is similar to pulling up a weed. If we keep chopping off the top, the weed will keep growing back. We’ve only dealt with the effect, not the cause of the weed. If we spend time and effort to get to the root of the weed, we’ll have tended to our garden in a way that ultimately benefits everyone who experiences it.

Whatever the cause of the block we experience—known or unknown—tell the cause of the block, as Ernest Holmes put it, “Go back to the nothingness from where you came.” Then replace the thought you’ve negated with one you chose to nurture. Prove to yourself by talking to yourself, and visualizing what you do want to experience. Talk yourself into believing the reasons it’s possible—and therefore possible for you to achieve. What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.

Tell your Higher Self to heal the cause of any belief in needing to experience chaos, strife, lack —anything unlike harmony. Any cause of anything unlike perfect health, wealth, mutually loving relationships, happiness, order, etc. It’s removed from your experience now. It dissolves as quickly as a cube of sugar in a cup of hot tea, and is replaced with the attribute you wish to experience. The Law of nature abhors a void. Make sure you replace what you direct to be removed with what you desire. Otherwise, nature takes the path of least resistance, replacing the newly removed with itself because it hasn’t been directed to do otherwise.

Direct your higher self to pull the weed-cause of what you don’t want, and then you direct It by planting the idea you do want. The trick with this is that you don’t go back and gossip, bad mouth money, or talk about what you’ve just directed the Universe to delete. If so, just keep on it. Delete the cause, replace with the desire.

This is part three of five posts on affirmative prayer.