How an Eye Exam Turns into an I Exam

eye-exam image credit: Good Search

I went in for an eye exam and had the test where the two circles start out on the left, and on the right – then move toward each other, and the object of the game is when they’re in alignment.

Then I thought having an “I Exam” — what am I in alignment with?

The whole idea about life is for use to be in alignment with God. If we’re not in alignment with God, Who moved? God never moves. God is constant. God is always there/here. God is one of those circles in the eye exam that the other circle aligns with. When they’re in alignment, yell, “STOP!” before that other circle (now represented by you) moves past the other circle (now representing God.)

It’s not about “Getting” from God. It’s about aligning with God. When we’re in alignment, we’re open and receptive—and we do receive. It’s easy when we’re in the flow. When it’s hard, we’re not in alignment.

Being in alignment with God doesn’t mean life doesn’t give us “stuff” — It does mean we go through our stuff with more ease and grace. We are here to learn and grow. We are not here to decide why the person next to us, or the person sitting at home has the problems they do. Nor are we to take on their exam and tell them when the circles are in alignment. If they are open to your input, fine—bring them to church, a class, hand them a book, share non-judgmental conversation, but you can’t drag someone to enlightenment. That only proves there are two people un-enlightened.





Metaphysical Terms and Meanings

CopyofIcreate-1 image credit: Good Search

Most people, even if they’re  not steeped in traditional religion know traditional definitions of  terms like devil, sin and evil. Metaphysical, New Thought meanings of these words differ from how traditional religious institutions use them.

In New Thought, or metaphysics, the terms devil, sin, evil and hell may be used, but, as you’d guess, in a different sense. New Thought teaches that we all have free will, and are Divinely guided.

Christ-Consciousness: Jesus did not have the last name of Christ. He was given the title, Jesus the Christ because of his crystal clear consciousness. The “anointed” one. In Hebrew, “Messiah.” In Greek, “Khristos.” New Thought teachings talk about Christ-consciousness when they are talking about crystal clear knowingness, our solid connection with the Divine. (Not to be confused with the Divine’s connection with us, because that never changes. It is us who move, or cloud over, not the Divine.) Meditation is one of the many ways to help us in our clear, or Christ-consciousness.

The devil made me do it: The devil did not make you do anything. He does not exist, and gets a bad rap from people not willing to take responsibility for their own actions.

Ever gone to heaven and found hell? Heaven and hell are states of consciousness, not destinations. You can be in a beautiful place with someone you love and be in hell. You can also be in ugly surroundings with no one you know and find heaven. If you think about heaven and hell being in your mind, rather than when you die, you may free yourself from living out of obligation and guilt, and just might truly begin to live, and finding you do more from love because the self-imposed pressure is off you.

To sin is to miss the mark: Sin is an ancient archery term with the origin of Hebrew and Greek. It literally means “to miss the mark.” “Mark” is the “bull’s eye” at which the marksman takes aim. When we’re off balance, or off-center, we have “missed the mark.” When we’ve “missed the mark” we’re not consciously aligned with our Christ-consciousness, and some would say we’re “sinning.” “Go and sin no more.” Rough translation: Get your act together. Take better aim of the bull’s eye in life. Pay attention and do your part to live as high-minded and consciously as you can.

Negative thinking and talking is “missing the mark.” When we’re off center, we’re not hitting the bull’s eye. Fasting is to “turn the other cheek” (to look the other way) from negative thoughts and practices. Prayer is the affirmation of good.  Negative thoughts, words and actions can be considered sin, and to take it a step further, some would say this is blasphemy because to think and talk in less than glorifying ways is to denigrate God, the Creator of all, the image and energy which we are made from.

Evil is a mistaken idea: Evil is a belief in separation that will remain as long as we believe in it. “No matter how powerful the dark seems it has no power to stop the light that comes from either a searchlight or tiny candle” (Starcke, It’s All Good). New Thought teachings don’t deny the appearance of darkness, but deny it has power over Light.

The Conscious Mind Guards the Sub-Conscious

yoeman-guard image credit: Good Search

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.

Don’t Go Around Half Naked

Reminders I have on my front door: Check your attitude. Show your gratitude. I just may add Don’t go around half naked!

GYA today


1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive

We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them in (avoid these smile aging habits to keep your smile looking great).

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling Is Contagious
When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress
Stress can really show up in…

View original post 307 more words

What If You Have Tried Everything?

Sometimes by walking away, into the silence, the answers come to us. Stop banging your head on the wall. If there’s an answer you need, ask (spirit, your higher-self—whatever.) The universe is limitless. It keeps expanding. There is more to discover; more to be possible.

The Sunset Blog

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.”

~ Thomas A. Edison

View original post

New Thought, New Outcome

be kind image credit: Good Search

In the Hindu scriptures, The Bhagavad Gita states:

Don’t say anything




Try this for one week, one day—or one hour. If you are successful, bump it up and keep it going. Like all of nature, we ebb and flow. We’ll be on target, then drop off. That’s when to be even more conscious about our thoughts, words and actions.

Evidence Based Spiritual Practice

evidence based practice

The wind blows, but you cannot see it. You see evidence of it by the leaves on the trees moving. You feel the cool air on your skin. You may even hear rustling noises—but you don’t see it. “I’ll believe it when I see it.” No! You’ll see it when you believe it! If you’re not familiar with Wayne Dyer, he wrote a book titled, You’ll see it when you believe it. Well worth a read.

You don’t see the wind, does that mean the wind doesn’t exist? It can blow buildings  down, and it can supply energy for cities. Wind power can be a sailor’s dream, or deadly nightmare.

What could you see in your life if you believed in it? I believe we are channels for the Universal Power at all times. It’s impersonal, but we personalize It.

I think this story is about Edwene Gains, but we’ve all had something similar. As the story goes, she identified with prosperity and abundance when she had almond-stuffed green olives. They were expensive, and it was a rare treat to have them. Opulence!

A friend invited her on a cruise, already paid for. At the time this was a big, extravagant event for her. She went and set the intention to feel the energy of abundance. To take in the wealth, and feel rich!

One night at dinner, her plate—not the plate of anyone else’s at her table, but her plate had an almond-stuffed green olive on top of her meal. To her, this was the pinnacle of feeling the abundance all around her. Not only around her, but for her. For her!

How in tune are we with abundance? We say we want it, but do we think, talk and act like it, or do we wish, hope, and bemoan what isn’t in our hand right now. If there’s a feeling of not having, it’s a feeling of lack, and that pushes what you want further away. Think of it this way: when you daydream of living a certain life, you catch yourself smiling, and feeling great. When you wish, or look back with regrets, you catch yourself frowning and feeling sad. Both activities are directing the universe. Which scenario do you want the Universe to answer? It will answer the stronger lead.


Subconscious and Conscious Mind

 image credit: Google

We each have one mind having two spheres. One aspect of the mind is called the conscious mind, also known as the objective mind. Another aspect is the subconscious mind, also known as the subjective or unconscious mind.

Think of your body as a ship with a captain and crew. The conscious mind is the ship’s captain, keeping watch and giving orders to the ship’s crew in the engine room (the subconscious mind). The work crew then follows those orders, not asking questions or debating because the captain is in charge, and is supposed to know what he’s doing. The crew simply carries out the orders they receive. The crew does  not originate ideas or initiate activity. It only receives and accepts. Once it accepts the idea, it begins to work on it. It works for good and bad ideas. When it works for a negative outcome, there’s failure, and unhappiness. If you find yourself in the middle of a negative statement, stop. Don’t finish the sentence. Reconstruct it with a non-limiting statement. When habitual thoughts are constructive, you’ll experience more and more of the constructive outcomes. You will have more happiness, health and abundance.

Sometimes, the results are immediate; other times they’re off in a distance. Either way, the subconscious mind works on your belief. The subconscious doesn’t have a sense of humor. It just follows orders given.

When I was applying to colleges, a friend mentioned one in particular. I responded, “They’d have to pay me to go their!” Years after that, I was back in school. I ran into my friend from way back when. She asked what I was up to and I told her—completely forgetting about our conversation years earlier. She laughed at the fact I was attending the school I’d refused years before, and mockingly said, “They’d have to pay me to go their.” Then it hit me. I continued to tell her I was on a grant, and receiving a stipend.

A more recent reminder of how results can unfold almost instantaneously: Every other month, I’d been driving 40 miles once a week for a 4 week class I taught. I was on the side of profit, but not making what I felt was worth my time. I enjoyed the class, but dealing with traffic is my least favorite thing. Before heading out to class one evening, I sat down on the couch and out loud stated with conviction some money and self-worth affirmations, then I headed out the door. I turned off the radio in my car and continued saying affirmations for the drive. When I came home that evening, I had a phone message waiting from a place I’d worked as a sub for a total of 20 hours. “There’s a job opportunity for a position here. We’d like you to interview—tomorrow, if you can.” The job came to me. It’s 12 miles away, same amount of money, and non-traffic hours.

The subconscious mind supports our beliefs. If something “good” isn’t manifesting for you, take a look at three things:

  •  Your beliefs shown through your thinking and wording. Don’t get freaked out about the occasional goof. Don’t give it power. Just continue to adjust your course and you’ll get where you want.
  • Staying the course includes not switching back and forward on your desire. It’s completely fine to change your mind, but if you swing from yes-no, yes-no, back to yes—or is it no? your outcome will either take a long time, or you’ll have a wishy-washy result. The more clear you are, the more clear your results. Remember, the subconscious mind can only accept and proceed. It cannot rationalize, question, or debate. Only your conscious mind can do that. If you attain what you thought you wanted, and later decide you don’t, or you decide you just want a change, the conscious mind directs the subconscious mind to get to work.
  •  Sometimes things do take time. The grant I received, for instance, worked perfectly for me when it happened, years after my firmly stating my claim.

The next time someone asks, How are you doing? you might just want to reply, “Business is great, and people are wonderful!


How to Become Wealthy

Wealth has to do with consciousness, not just dollars in the bank. Some people have the dollars in the bank, and are still in debt, and unhappy. It’s basically the story of the tortoise and the hare. One puts aside as they go along, the other is living for today, saying things like, “I deserve it.”

Wealth has more to do with attitude and behaviors than actual numbers. (Sure, there’re those who have millions, but the I think if you click on the link below, you’ll find ways you can stress less about money, and see the light at the end of the tunnel.

the key to financial freedom is spending less than you earn over a long period of time. This is the way that people who’ve never earned more than $30,000 a year can retire rich (by following the principle) and how people earning $1 million a year can die broke (by not following it). That’s really good news for all of us because cutting expenses/living below your means is much easier and more controllable than trying to increase your income.

What will you do?

Years ago I knew a woman who would  say, “Give the Dalai Lama a wife and three kids, and we’ll see how peaceful he is!” Ideally, it’s not our situation that decides if we’re at peace or not. It’s our perception. It’s how we respond, not react to life.

Last week, the Dalai Lama was in San Diego, CA. In one of his talks he said, “When you lose your temper, bite your knuckles.”

His interpreter explained that in Tibetan, the words temper and knuckles rhyme. The point being, you cannot change the moment. The car in front of you has already cut you off, or the child in line at the store is tired, hungry, and crying. By biting your knuckles, you shift your attention from the car or child.

In my house growing up, we had a similar saying, a Swedish proverb my mom passed down:

“To forget your troubles, wear tight shoes.”


What will you do to shift your focus from a situation you cannot change?

Change your thinking, change your life.