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.

 

Free Money


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Boom! Wow! You’ve just won $1,000.00 after taxes.

What would you do with it?

It’s “unscheduled money” so would you use it for bills anyway? Or would you use it as “fun money”?

House repairs? Car savings? A year’s worth of dinner and movies? Travel? Clothes? Tools? Donations?

Sit with this idea of getting $1,000.00 and feel it. Pay attention to how it feels receiving the money, and making plans to spend it. If it doesn’t feel good, you’re in the moment of lack — wishing it were more than $1,000.00, or focusing on “it’s not real.”

Everything begins in the mind. Imagination is where it all starts for everything — the chair you’re sitting on; the computer you use. The idea is to feel the fun of the money and plans. That shifts your focus and energy to receiving and if you keep this up throughout the day, you’ll see a shift. Some may see it that day, others in a few days, and others a week or so. Don’t stress out about “doing it right.” Have fun. If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it.

Sometimes I do this throughout the day. I’ll plan to spend it on yard art. Then a few hours later, I spend it on travel. I never tell myself, “You can’t re-spend it.” I just keep having the experience of receiving and planning.

Have fun with  your free money!

Cha-ching!

The Last Word


This is the last post post from the blog, Minimalist Living. I’ve really enjoyed this blog. It was well written, and I’d cheer in agreement while reading. A fond farewell to “Minimalist Living” – but never to the idea, or the lifestyle! Take care.

Change The Code

Well I am feeling that the end is here for this minimalist living blog. I love to write and share various thoughts but the reality is I probably spend too much time blogging and not enough time on real world stuff that needs to be a focus.

So this may very well be the last post on Minimalist Lifestyle.

I have a number of thoughts in my head that I would like to touch on so here goes.

Let’s first look at the way the education system “trains” us to be slaves.

All the school system really does is teach us how to work for others and not to really think for ourselves.

The message we get from parents, teachers, and society is to go to school, get good grades, keep your mouth shut, don’t question authority and this will allow you to get a “good job”.

In both the…

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Free Money


 image credit: Google

Boom! Wow! You’ve just won $1,000.00 after taxes.

What would you do with it?

It’s “unscheduled money” so would you use it for bills anyway? Or would you use it as “fun money”?

House repairs? Car savings? A year’s worth of dinner and movies? Travel? Clothes? Tools? Donations?

Sit with this idea of getting $1,000.00 and feel it. Pay attention to how it feels receiving the money, and making plans to spend it. If it doesn’t feel good, you’re in the moment of lack — wishing it were more than $1,000.00, or focusing on “it’s not real.”

Everything begins in the mind. Imagination is where it all starts for everything — the chair you’re sitting on; the computer you use. The idea is to feel the fun of the money and plans. That shifts your focus and energy to receiving and if you keep this up throughout the day, you’ll see a shift. Some may see it that day, others in a few days, and others a week or so. Don’t stress out about “doing it right.” Have fun. If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it.

Sometimes I do this throughout the day. I’ll plan to spend it on yard art. Then a few hours later, I spend it on travel. I never tell myself, “You can’t re-spend it.” I just keep having the experience of receiving and planning.

Have fun with  your free money!

Cha-ching!

Attitude Up!


Thanks to Google Image for this photo.

*This is a previous post from http://www.cancerwhattodoorsay.com (Another blog of mine.)

Life happens. Even happy, healthy people get cancer. As a New Thought minister, I’d hear new students talk about another person’s situation: “It’s all attitude” can become a flippant catch-all phrase.

It goes way beyond talkin’ the talk. It’s not necessarily what we say; it’s what we feel. Often, people don’t know the cause behind their situation (health, wealth, partnerships. . . ) It’s the conviction we have—knowingly or not. The universe doesn’t respect ignorance. Fire can heat a house, or burn the house down. It doesn’t matter that you didn’t know it would do that.

Same is true with emotions. They can bring us up, or take us down. An example of this: Think of a very happy moment in your life. Stay with it—are you smiling? Now, think of something that brought (or could bring) you sadness. If you stay with it, you’ll feel heavy and may even cry.

So. . . Obviously, focusing on happy times is more rewarding. BUT — do not fall into the blame-game (of yourself, or others.) That’s not healthy! If you feel sad, be okay with that. Don’t wash over it as if it didn’t happen. Heal it. Go to the cause. You may not even need to know the exact cause – but know “the cause of this situation needs healing.” It may be a one-time fix. It may be something to work on for a while. None of the details matter. Be open to a healing, be open to the commitment on your part involved in achieving that healing.

In the big picture, It is all good—but we may have to dig a bit deeper in the pile to find the pony. Good can come out of tough situations.

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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.