What are you good at?


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What are you good at? Do you cook delicious meals? Do you dress well? Are you a good driver? Maybe you’re a good teacher (even if you’re not a “teacher” by official title.) Think back to your childhood. Where you good at guessing how many candies where in a jar? Did you lighten up a serious atmosphere with a joke, or let someone know you were there for them when they felt no one was listening?

Get out a piece of paper, or set up a page on your computer to make a list of accomplishments you’ve made in your lifetime. It’s not about money, or status. It’s about what you’ve done while taking in some oxygen here on earth. It’s time you acknowledge it and celebrate!

Here are a few from my list, just to give you an idea of what made me proud at the time:

  • Won Cat-in-the-Hat pillow from Sears! (I was six, and I still remember my mom handing me the phone to let me hear the lady say, “Congratulations! Do you like soft or hard pillows?” and my turning back to my mom, “Mom, do I like soft or hard pillows?” and then parroting, “Soft, please.”)
  • Winning hula hoop contests at “x” and “x”.
  • 25 boy push-ups, done correctly.
  • Making “x” amount of dollars a year.

You get the idea.

The list is for you. If you are proud of the achievement, if it made/makes you happy—put it on the list. I once went to the dollar store. I bought a photo album. When I got to my car, I noticed there was an unused lotto scratcher ticket tucked inside the photo album. I  scratched it and won a dollar! It made me laugh. Who else would go to the dollar store and get a dollar! On my list, I also have my education, money related specifics, and progress I’ve made in areas I’d struggled. What are you proud of? What makes you smile when you look back? Anything goes!

When you have a rough day, pull this list out. If your list is three, four or five pages long, there is no way you’ll stay in the dumps for long!

Affirmative Prayer. Step 5 of 6. Gratitude.


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Gratitude is the fifth step in Spiritual Mind Treatment. The more we give thanks, the more we experience things for which to be thankful. All words have a vibrational level. When you express “thank you” you’re sharing a higher level of vibration than if you’d said nothing at all. Gratitude is energy. Everything is energy. To say “Thank you” before receiving something is to affirm you believe you’ll receive it, and to express gratitude for it.

Write a list of thirty things each day for which you’re grateful. Do this for one week, everyday. Try not to daily repeat things on your list. Then, keep an ongoing list of 5-10 a day. Can you list five things right now on your gratitude list?

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! 😉

 

How the Universe Works


What would it be like to take one day a week and give only thanks in prayer rather than asking forsomething, or petitioning God. No matter what the current outlook, do you give thanks for what is, and for how excited you are to discover the situation’s outcome? Prayer isn’t about “getting” — it’s about change. Changing our consciousness.

When we pray “Oh, God, give me this” or, “Give me this and I’ll do that” it’s not a prayer at all. It’s a business deal, and we’re calling the shots. The Universe doesn’t work like that. Run a perception check right now. Have you been whining about work? Bad mouthing someone? Complaining about money? Is your response to defend all the reasons you hate your job, and the louse who isn’t paying you enough? —And after all, you’re only involved in gossip, back-biting pettiness, because the person is so stupid, or rude, right? NO! You’re partaking in verbal graffiti. There is no justification. It’s up to you to change your thinking, and change your life. Only you can do it. To take from a song, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

Don’t like the job? Sit down and get quiet. Do you know if this situation is temporary? Is it a stepping stone? A learning curve for you? (It may be a spiritual learning curve, and that doesn’t always show up in the setting we expect.) Are you willing to leave the job, neighborhood or person? Do you believe you’re worthy of the position or situation you want to manifest? Do you listen for guidance? (Do you ask for it?) — If you think that’s an odd thing to write after beginning the post with “Praise, don’t ask” re-read the first sentence: Take one day a week in prayer to praise, and give thanks rather than asking forsomething, or petitioning God. In the Jewish teaching, the Sabbath is a day to refrain from asking God for “more.” The day is meant for expressing thanks to God.

In all things give thanks. Got food? Thank you God! Maybe your home was destroyed by Sandy. Did someone open their home to you? It’s not brushing over tough situations, it’s shining the light on what’s working in your life. The stronger the wind behind the ocean, the bigger the waves. Same is true with our thoughts and perceptions. If we run around taking smack about our life, guess what? We’re creating a storm, and we’ll get more smack to talk about. Oh, no. Don’t want that!

So, turn it around. It’s cause and effect. Make sure the wind behind the ocean is harnessed power, one that will sail your ship in the direction you intend to go, rather than destroy your ship. We never go directly from point A to point B, but if our intention is focused and we stay true to our desires, the detours won’t be as drastic, and many of the adventures will bring us joy along the way.

This brings us back to focusing on what we want to experience. Not as in, “I want this, and this, and that…” but as in, if I want a better job, it serves me well to praise everything about my current job. (Even if you still feel the louse doesn’t pay you enough.) Thank God for an income. Think of anything you can about the job that you like. Is it close to home? Do you have a window with a nice view? As you go through everything you can think of that’s good in the situation, take that “good” energy and feel it. Don’t just go through the motions of making a mental list, and saying, “Thank you.” Our Universe is a feeling, creative one. It picks up on your vibration. If this is dreaded homework, find a way that works better for you. Mostly, stay out of the intellect. That’s where the ego lives. The Creative Mind is the mind of God. It lives in the imagination; the home of possibilities.

One day this week, see how many people, things and events you can hold in gratitude, without asking for “more.”

 

Today is a Good Day


Sunrise, Strata Cumulous Clouds. Photo by Claudia Mulcahy

I love photography. I love to take it, and love seeing the glory of nature through the camera lens of others. The moment I opened my eyes in the morning, I saw gorgeous clouds. I jumped into shorts, a top and flip-flops. I clipped my hair up, and grabbed my camera. Hygiene and beauty can wait thirty minutes.

Later in the day, I received this video of Louie Schwartzberg on Gratitude. It was sent to me a few days before my last cancer related surgery. As I watched it, I decided to view this as my prayer of gratitude. The video’s about 10 minutes long and worth every one of them. Thanks Mr. Schwartzberg!

No phone. No T.V.. Not much money. By society’s standards, the guy must have been miserable, right? As he puts it, he had “time and a sense of wonder.” In the video, Schwartzberg mentions people react to his photography with, Oh. My. God.

He then asks the audience, “Have you ever wondered what that meant?” The Oh means, it caught your attention. It made you present, and mindful. The My means it connects with something deep inside your soul. It creates a gateway from within for something to be heard. God is that personal journey we all want to be on. To be inspired. To feel like we’re connected to a universe that celebrates life.” His current project, Happiness Revealed gives insight to this very idea. Enjoy his photography and the message.  Gratitude

Is gratitude your mantra? What are you exploring? Are you activating your imagination?

“If you learn to respond to each day as if it is the very first day—and the very last day of your life, then you will have spent the day well.”  —From the man in the video.

Energy:


Your grandmother was right. You are a bundle of energy! Everything is energy. That includes money, too. When you break anything down to its sub-sub particle level, you’ll find more space than matter, and the energy particles will be in motion.

Energy isn’t “good” or “bad”, it’s neutral. Money isn’t good or bad, either. It’s our perception and use of money that stirs up emotions. Spend some time searching your belief system about money. Are people filthy rich? Is money the root of all evil? Does money equate power? Does living without what you want make you more evolved? Does stockpiling ensure you’ll have what you want later?

Be OK with your answers. If you find a belief you want to change, take steps to anchor your new belief. For example, If you previously held the belief rich people were snobs, you might want to go to a place “rich” people go. (Walk through a ritzy store, try on the jewelry, outfits. . .) It is not about spending money. It’s about changing a belief system. How do you feel in that atmosphere? If you’re not enjoying it, try another place on a different day. Make an effort to feel you belong there.  If you feel you don’t, that feeling will mirror back to you.

Monitor your feelings, thoughts and actions during this exercise. Do you feel uncomfortable? Resentful? Or are you enjoying the experience? What actions are you taking to show the universe — or yourself, that you can take care of wealth? How are you talking about money? How are you dressed? (This is about being “put together” neatly, not about buying a new outfit.) Did you wash your car before going on this outing? How about removing the month old chip bag from the back seat?

Go prove your grandmother right, you bundle of energy!

Have fun!