God is a Verb. Life is a Verb. You Are a Verb.


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Quantum physics will back up the claim, “There is no time or space.” The power of now is constantly unfolding, expressing. Life is a process, unfolding now, and always.

Even when we’re thinking in the past or future tense, we’re in the present moment—thinking about another time. That’s why it’s important to say affirmations in the present tense. The message to the subconscious is “This is happening now. I am successful now. I am healthy now.” If you frame your affirmations in the future, “I will be successful” or “My success is just around the corner” your success (or health, or relationship, etc) will always be “out there” “just around the corner.”

God is a verb. Life is a verb. We are verbs. We’re doing, being, believing, having. What’s your name? Add “ing” to it. Are you Daving? Cathying? Yes! At all times, you’re experiencing and expressing. God and Life are experiencing and expressing through you. There’s no separation between you, Life and God. To give, there must be a receiver. To receive, there must be a giver, and the consciousness to receive. Allow Life to express in, around, through and for you.

Live life as a verb. Do. Be. Have.

How to Visualize


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If you want something, you’ve got to experience it in your mind’s eye before you can have it. It’s not, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” It’s “I’ll see it when I believe it!” Visualization is different than daydreaming. Daydreaming is just out there. In a daydream, you imagine without structure. You might even talk to a flying squirrel in your daydream. With visualizing, you’ll want structure. It’s not pondering what could happen, but what you want to happen. If you want a better job, say working in nature, you visualize yourself happily doing the job, wearing the uniform, and if you “see” a flying squirrel in your mind’s eye, it’s part of the job’s joy, not a random thought, or concern of the squirrel being a pest to plants and eroding the hillside.

Let’s say you want to pass your driver’s test, or get a promotion at work. Whatever you want, decide on it first. Then, lower your shoulders, and unwind from any anticipation or pressure to get what you want. Next, make sure you have five minutes uninterrupted to visualize what you want as if you’ve just gotten it. See yourself being acknowledged with words and actions, “You passed your driver’s test. Congratulations!” See people at work smiling, congratulation cards and e-mails, and things on your desk being packed up to move to the big office down the hall. Hear your friends and family say things like, “Good for you!” “Well done!” Feel the hugs, hand shakes or high fives. Take in the atmosphere. What does it feel like? Your body should feel the excitement of your accomplishment. It’s just happened! Jump! Shout! Feel the glory!

The feeling part of visualization is called seeding. Your thoughts create feelings, and your feelings create a corresponding vibration (high or low) in your body. All thought creates form, the form it takes depends on the vibration connected with it.

There are two types of visualization. One is having a precise idea of what you want before you begin visualizing it. With this type of visualization, you know what you want, and repeat that same vision every day. The other type of visualization is to just let positive thoughts of the outcome of your desire flow.

Keys to visualization: 

  • Keep it positive.
  • Keep it about the end result—as if you’ve just achieved it!
  • Visualize at least once a day for five minutes. It’s better to visualize 5 minutes 1x/day than 1 hour 1x/week.

You point the direction with your personal budget


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Some people avoid having a budget out of fear it will rule them. No! YOU have far more control by having a budget, than without one. YOU direct how much, when, and where to allocate the money. Just put aside money and point your mind and actions in the direction you desire.

I’ve been called The Budget Queen for years. I recently learned that Margaret King of Philadelphia, PA reins as Queen Budget with a net worth of $850,000.

It began when she was a graduate student. Her budgeting formula? maximize money for investing. She lived within her means. Her life necessities (needs, not wants—things like utilities, food, housing) fit into 57% of her income. She set aside 10% for travel, and 3% to gift family and friends. That’s a total of 70%. The other 30% was for savings, investments, and paying down the principle on her mortgage.

Ten years ago, King paid off her home loan. Each month, her minimum payment was 15% more than what she owed. Once that money was freed up, she put that 15% into investments.

Don’t get caught up on her net worth. Don’t play the “yeah, but—” game. She did it! Awesome!

So can you! You can take budgeting seriously. You can save money. If you really don’t have extra money, don’t start with a goal of paying down 15% over your debt. If you say you don’t have the money, but are spending it elsewhere, then it’s time to look in the mirror and do some soul searching. The only way to manage something is to track it. By watching your spending, you’ll know where it’s going and that means you’ll know how much you have to spend or save.

King’s budget formula is basically the standard 70-10-10-10. Living on 70% of your net. Investing 10% to long term savings. Investing 10% to short term savings. And 10% for fun. This is where I encourage charity, and pull funds for fun from the short term savings. If someone’s in debt, they can use this last 10% for paying debt down. How you break it up doesn’t matter at all. What’s important is that you begin.

Every once in a while, I grab an envelop and for a month I keep track of all my receipts. If I spend money and forget a receipt, I write down the cost and what it was for on the envelop, or piece of paper and put that piece of paper in the envelop. At the end of the month I take a look at where my money’s going. I also check in with myself at a “real” level. Were there a bunch of things I could really do without? It’s not to punish, it’s to cross check desires and actions. If you say you want to save more money, or have more money—but you spend on immediate gratification, it’s not a match. Something has to give.

I am steeped in New Thought (law of attraction, act as if, affirmations, etc.) You cannot pray for money (or anything) and do nothing to draw it to you. Prayer or meditation may be part of that action, but at some point there will be a message for you to “treat and move your feet.” This is a metaphysical saying meaning, pray (sometimes called prayer treatment) and take action. Action begets action. Not action begets wishful thinking.

You can do it! Be the Budget Queen. Be the King within. As within, so without. It’s all about cause and effect. As our beliefs change, so do our experiences.

New Thought: What is Law of Mind?


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The Universal mind creates. It doesn’t judge. It doesn’t condemn or have favorites. It responds to our direction. Our astrological sign doesn’t matter, nor does our religion. What matters is how we direct the Law of Mind. This is the energy that knows all, and because we have free-will, It waits on our guidance.

Being impersonal, It doesn’t know what it creates—only that it does create. If It seems to create what we don’t want, or wishy-washy results, that’s a sign that we, not God (Universe, Law, Energy—call it whatever you’re comfortable with) need to make a change. We need to shift our thinking, or consciousness (which will eventually shift our thinking.) We need to get clear on what we want and to decide that our want is worth taking the time to pray, meditate or read. Is it worth noticing our passing thoughts, our off-the-cuff comments? We can’t think and say negative things and experience positive outcomes. We can’t tell our woeisme story and experience strength and success. Which side of the fence are you on? If you teeter, your results teeter.

Make a conscious choice about an experience you want. A better job, a loving relationship, moving to a place you love as much as where you live now—and some. To set it in motion, you must first set in mind. By setting it in your mind, you place it in the Mind of God—The Infinite Intelligence, The Law of Mind, The One.

Next, you must do your part by keeping negative away from what you claim to want. Negative comes in the form of worry, doubt, and thoughts as well as words and actions. If you know a friend of yours will laugh, make fun of, or disagree, it’s not the time to share this with them. You must get yourself on board first before you try to recruit others. Even when you get in the grove and life is humming along, I’d steer clear of what amounts to proselytizing to those who don’t want to be in your club. It’s a waste of your time and energy. If they show interest in how your life works, share it. If not, let them do their thing, and you do yours. otherwise, they’ll try to sell you their opinion in why your way doesn’t work, and that brings you back to doubt. The only way for someone to learn this stuff is buy doing. If “it” doesn’t work, perhaps the designer (you) made an error. Not specific enough. Too specific. Gave it to Universal Mind, then took it right back.

. . . What perfect timing! I just saw someone attempt to enter the laundry room. They punched in the code, and couldn’t get in—so they kicked the door. They went to get the manager. He came and put in the code, and the door opened. Ta-Daa! Next time something doesn’t go smoothly for you, stop. Step back. Take a breath and bring Universal Mind into the situation.

“A burned child scorns the flame.” —Swedish proverb

Be Present. . . Now.


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When you take in a breath—in that moment, you’re telling the Universe you’re trusting 100% that all your needs are met. In that moment, you’re not bargaining for a few more years of life, or refusing to breathe until you have all the money you want. It’s pretty amazing. A breath—something we don’t usually pay attention to, gives us all we need in that moment. It’s up to us to trust.

If we live in “the now” we give up worrying about the future, and regretting the past. We breathe in. . . . Pause. . . . Breathe out. . . . Pause. . . . Repeat. We focus on what’s in front of us: The person we’re talking with, the food we’re eating, the car we’re driving.

Pay attention to your breathing today. Is it fast or shallow? Do you sit slumped over, making breathing harder or less efficient than it could be? When you walk, stand tall! Know you deserve to be here just the same as the trees around you, and the stars above. You’re here by Divine appointment. By breathing, you’re saying, “Yes!” to that arrangement. When you think like this, you’re not just taking up oxygen, you’re taking it in. Becoming one with it—with life, with body, mind and soul. It’s not about “What more can I get.”

It’s about learning to trust that we are already proved for.

How to Live the Life You Want


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A woman is on a cruise, and sees a man she finds very attractive. He notices her looking at him and starts up a conversation with her. She tells him, “You look like my first husband.” He asks, “How many times have you been married?” She responds, “None so far.”

It’s possible to create wonderful experiences, but it takes held intention. We often just give up, or give in to negative talk or thoughts that are unconscious. Here are some tips for how to get started on the life you want to create.

Remove the Negative:

Worry = torment one’s self (dictionary definition)

  1. Go without TV, news paper, or any negative stories or opinion (even if it means you are not answering your phone with the weekly gloom update call from family, or friend.) Cut off the flow for 14 days, then be conscious when watching/reading/taking.
  2. If you listen to music, listen to that of higher consciousness. If the words are crude, or the song is from hurt or anger, that’s not higher consciousness.
  3. Avoid negative people for 14 days. Say to yourself: “I’m only receptive to receiving the positive energy of life.” Be part of the positive energy, too. What goes out, comes back.

Bring in the Positive:

  1. Get around the right people at least once a week- dinner, class, pals.
  2. Mental image a life without worry. What does it look like? See yourself with friends, laughing, having plenty of extra money, joy, love…
  3. Write the vision down, read it, read positive books, refresh your mindset with movies like The Secret, and What The Bleep Do We Know.

Separation has a “rat” in it


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We are one with our Creator and there’s no way we can be separate. We are magnificence in manifestation. Think of your eyes blinking. heart beating, blood circulating, and the breaths you breathe —all while you sleep. And then you dare to think your Creator is separate from you! The Universe only says, “Yes!” If we have a belief that we’re separate from God, we’ll experience the appearance of separation; however, we can never be separate. It’s like closing your our eyes in a lighted room. We have the experience of darkness, but when we open our eyes, we experience the Light.

We can experience separation because we experience what we perceive to be true, but our perception is fact—and facts change. Truth never changes. We live our lives as though there were separation. “I and the father are of one accord.” (John 10:30).

Everything takes place within. It’s not from our outer world. All form follows thought. God is always giving us feedback via our body, our environment and our mind. I’m the thinker thinking thoughts. While the created is not the Creator, it is part of it. God works in, around, through and for us. If you want to know your thoughts of yesterday, look at your life today. In a nutshell, New Thought teaches “Change your thinking, change your life.” There is One Power of Good, and we can use It. (It can also use us.) When we say, “I’m going to do ______” we’re really saying, God is doing _______ through me.

Love someone when they’re at 2 + 2 = 5 in their life while knowing them as 2 + 2 = 4 (aligned with the Truth, whole perfect and complete). And if you’re feeling separate from God, take notice the the word “separation” has a rat in it! It’s not your Truth.

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.

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.