What Are You Thinking, Right Now?


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Do you know your current thoughts are creating your future experiences?

To the extent we put energy or conviction into our thought, we get a mirrored experience of it. Don’t believe it? Look at your life. What’s working, and what isn’t. Are you bad mouthing money? Are you involved in gossip, or angry about what someone did—even if it was years ago? Maybe you’re not angry, but still wounded by their tone, their actions, or lack of actions.

The best thing you can to do to help yourself is to let it go. Move on. Forgive. Oh no! The “F” word! —It may as well be! No body likes to hear it, and few talk about it. When we forgive, we’re not doing it for the person who upset us. We must forgive because it frees us. As long as we’re the jailer, we  have to stand watch over those we’ve imprisoned. Let them go! If their consciousness is truly not a match for your consciousness, the issue will end. If their behaviors continue, it won’t bother you this time around, because you’ve shifted your energy via your consciousness. Or, they’ll just find someone else to be around. That person will either be the new target for upset, or a new teacher, perhaps in a way that is better understood by them than what you provided. Your trouble—or let’s call them a sacred messenger, will find a replacement.

What are you thinking right now? You are planning your future with those thoughts. If they’re not supportive of the good you want to experience, change your thinking now. Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science (not to be confused with Scientology or Christian Science) would say, “Change your thinking, change your life.” Over the years, other teachers have used the same meaning to spread positive thinking. “Thoughts become things” and “Energy flows where attention goes” are more recent versions of the same idea.

Be honest with yourself. If you really don’t like someone, don’t pretend there isn’t a problem. That just makes it fester within, and ultimately you’ll have a big blow out, or an eruption—and they may not even be around for it! The first step to move on is acknowledging what’s going on. Okay, you don’t like this person. Say you have to interact with them at work. Keep it professional. That doesn’t mean act fake, or not be true to who you are. It does mean you have the opportunity to look at your beliefs. What does this person trigger within you? What are they a mirror to? If they’re out of integrity, how are you out of integrity? Maybe they blab too much. What’s your communication like? Do you talk about them after work? At work? Do you feel you work hard, and they have fun? What’s the trigger for you?

Once you can find the trigger, see what good is in the situation. Maybe you have a great view out a window at work. Maybe you work Sunday through Thursday and love your schedule. Find what you do like, and focus on that. If you plan to leave your job, focus on the good, knowing that good comes with you to your new employment, and say, “This or something better” for the other stuff. For the stuff you hate—focus on the good you’ll accept. Don’t gripe about the bad performers, that will only put energy on them, and bring that type with you.

Change is cumulative. You have to be part of it. You can’t be conscious for a week, and coast for three. Decide what you want, and claim it. Then stay focused. If you drift, don’t get mad at yourself, just acknowledge you drifted, then get back on track, focusing in the direction you intend to go.

Onward!

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Metaphysical Terms and Meanings


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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.

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.

Are your Prayers on Rush, Priority Basis?


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People spend hours looking for the right item in stores, catalogs, and online. And yet, they may spend five minutes in prayer. While it’s possible to manifest immediately, we tend to manifest more regularly and more quickly when we’re “prayed up.” Which means, by doing our meditation and prayer work on a regular basis, and being present when we do it (rather than day dreaming or making our to-do list during our prayer time), we’ll find that right item we head out to the store for, without having to spend hours upon hours searching.

Prayer doesn’t guarantee “Rush/Priority” service. Which is good, actually. It usually means something better is in the works. The answered prayer may take more time to manifest if more than one person is involved. There may be someone who wants a promotion. Someone else who wants a new boss, and a third person wanting to move across country. A house many need to be bought/sold, bringing other players into answered prayer. The job listing needs to be seen or heard, and the application received by someone in line with the person applying. The person wanting a promotion may stay at the company where they are, or go to an even better opportunity. Some things we desire seem to take forever to unfold. If we ever learn what took place behind the scenes, we’re amazed at how perfectly it did unfold.

We may think some of our prayers aren’t answered. If you trace that prayer back, you’ll find one of two things: Either you shifted. (God doesn’t shift, we do.) You changed your mind and got wishy-washy on your vision—which brings a wishy-washy answer. Or, looking back you can see you were open to “This or something better.” You didn’t get what you expected, therefore think prayer wasn’t answered. I look back on jobs, relationships, and situations that didn’t manifest as I expected and I am now thrilled (even if not necessarily so when it happened . . . back then.)

I’ve gotten much better at praying with full intent to receive my good, while expecting “This or something better” —and not being a puddle of mush when “something better” is on its way from invisible to visible. (Meaning, it didn’t work out as my glorious plan calculated.) We continue to grow. Give God time, and you’ll receive it back, ten fold. It’s like any other relationship. They’re more sweet when we’re focused, present, and giving of ourselves.

Brainstorm for some ways in which you recognize God. Allow any positive attribute to count. I love to find God in nature, but tonight, I see God in my kitchen! The weather is cold. I didn’t want to go outside, to the store for food. I looked around and saw I had everything I needed to make tortilla soup. Thanks, God! I’m abundant! I’m provided for! How fortunate I am! Mmmm, this soup is good! It’s thinking like this that the universe loves. I feel better, and the universe responds with, “Yes!”

Have fun recognizing God! Remember to look in the mirror! 😉

 

Earning Money


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Earning Money. Did you leave a job, or were you laid off, and are now back in the workforce? Did you take a salary hit? You’re not alone. According to Urban Institute, re-employed workers ages 50-61 have taken a -21% hourly pay hit compared to pre-layoff wages. Ages 25-34 have taken -7% hit.

Are you in this group? Did you leave a job and can’t find one at comparable wages? Are you willing to take a new job anyway, even if it’s not what you want, not what you’re trained for, and not at that pay you are accustom? If not, what are you doing for income? Are you living off savings? Moving in with others? Moving to a less expensive location?

How’s your attitude, and outlook for the future? Do you feel you’ll “land like a cat” (on it’s feet), or “land like a piece of buttered toast” (buttered side down)? Do you have a support system? Do they help in obvious financial ways, or in more subtle ways?

If you’d like to share on any of these thoughts re: earning money or related,  please do.

Consciously Deciding


 

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Sometimes we can get caught up in the outer pull. A sale. A season. The excitement around us, or the smell of a bakery. Be conscious. I love the bakery aroma! Sometimes, I even love the bakery taste! More than once I’ve found myself in the bakery, or store bakery section for a peek or to get a whiff of the treats. I know this sounds a bit eccentric, but as usually, as I look, I imagine the taste before deciding if I will buy it. Ah, beautiful, but not sweet enough. Wow. That’s huge—and I’d eat it all now, then regret it. $7 for a small pastry! Holy cow! I’d rather donate the money to a local hiking trail. If my desire and imagined or remembered taste meet my feel good point, I buy it. No guilt. The point being, be conscious in whatever you do.

Do You bake? Have you ever made a cake so you can have two or three pieces? Give the rest of the cake to neighbors who don’t talk about calories or eating only organic. (Give those sorts of neighbors carrots.) By sharing, the cake will stay fresh, and sharing a treat creates a bit of unexpected fun. Who knows, maybe they’ll have just bought some ice cream and offer to share with you!

I confess, once I made a pie because I wanted a piece. I had every intention to share with a neighbor, but when the pie was ready, I noticed they were busy. (Too busy for pie?) I ended up having (really good) apple pie for breakfast for a few days. Next time I made pie, I told those same neighbors I was about to make it, and asked them if they wanted to come over in about two hours. They were thrilled. I was consciously aware of what I was doing. When it comes time to eat your bakery or home made treat, enjoy! Savor! Taste the experience, not just the flavor.

Stop. Look. Listen.


STOP talking New Thought talk. LOOK beneath the surface of the words into your feelings. LISTEN to answers screaming at you in your everyday life.

Do you believe having a budget is restrictive—or that it’s empowering?

Is living within your means focusing on scarcity—or abundance? 

When you have relentless drive, desire, or goal setting, is it abundance—or scarcity?