Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We must make decisions if we’re to grow and move. No decision, especially in the longer run , is wrong. We’re often afraid to decide because it means upsetting the status quo. All of creation, our lives, everything around us is driven by change, if we don’t decide we might regret it more than a decision we could have made.
Once we decide, based on our expectations (thoughts & beliefs) the Universe rolls into action! Do you know this to be true in your life? It certainly appears to be true for mine. The Universe is a thought based system that responds to the weakest stirring of a desire. Through desires we grow, achieve, learn, experience and effect lasting change that has an eternal import. Let’s jump in and expect to land on our feet!
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM a decision engine.
Recommendation: The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham by Esther Hicks
The heart of change: It is only when the totality of the human mind – mind being the nervous responses, the emotions, the everything that is you – completely responds, without any fragmentation in that response, that there is a new action taking place. – Krishnamurti
sheer will power
Do we have the will to do it? How many times do we ask ourselves and others the same question? And how many times do we all fail, repeatedly? Why is it so hard to stick to something even when we want to?
our full attention instead
Deciding something at the mind level is not enough by itself. We must involve our emotional (mind) and spiritual faculties. This is the secret to lasting change. This explains why most of our New Year resolutions fail. For the mind to be involved there must be meaning attached to the goal. For our spiritual self to be incorporated the goal must align with long term purposes including higher desires such as self-actualization. Approaching any endeavor with our full attention and our complete being is the key all successful change!
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM fully present.
Recommendation: Awakening of Intelligence by Jiddu Krishnamurti
Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek & find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. – Rumi
we seek love
In whatever we seek, we’re really seeking love. We seek assurance, safety and happiness; these are all the consequences of experiencing the love which can only come from another personality. True love and assurance proceeds from the parent personality that is God, and her love is easier to discover than we might expect…
ask, forgive and expect
Just like our spiritual heritage in general, we block our own experience of love and goodness that’s ever available to us. The steps are as follows:
- Ask. Talk to God and ask to experience this love.
- Forgive: Unless we forgive everyone (including ourselves) and extinguish the resentment that sears our hearts, we will not be able to uncover this divine wellspring.
- Expect: After asking and forgiving, be like a child and expect our parent’s love to be ever present.
Daily Affirmation: Today I walk in God’s love.
Recommendation: Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
4.19 He whose undertakings are free from anxious desire and fanciful thought, whose work is made pure in the fire of wisdom: he is called wise by those who see.
4.20 In whatever work he does such a man in truth has peace: he expects nothing, he relies on nothing, and ever has fullness of joy. – The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 4)
anxiety filled days
How much anxiety and stress do we tolerate daily? How much of the two are we even aware of? Once we’re aware of why we get depressed and sense the anxiety that engulfs our selves, we’re on our way… Our ‘fanciful’ thoughts about situations, about us and about others are the reason why we keep falling into the emotional thought maelstrom.
expectation is key
What do we expect from others? What do we expect from our day? What about our own selves? We make up ideas about what our life and our day should be like. Often these images get shattered because life doesn’t cooperate with our projected plans. The way to peace is to live in the moment, without any expectations of the future…
Daily Affirmation: Today I just AM, I expect nothing.
Recommendation: The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics) by Juan Mascaro
See God in every person, place, and thing, and all will be well in your world. – Louise Hay
where the teacher is
Had an interesting experience this afternoon. I was witnessing the graduation of a 12 week Dale Carnegie offering at work, and had the pleasure of hearing from the dynamic facilitator of the class. She ended up sharing her own touching story about how she found the truth about the following quote from the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’….
In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call "The Physics of the Quest." A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.
where god is
We’re always looking for ‘the’ answer to our quests, our problems and our yearnings. Well the message and the messengers abound! If we only look the answer comes through unexpected ways and means. It’s right around the corner, or is the next person we meet or even the next connection we make in our minds! Let’s look, the answer might be right in front of our figurative noses!
Daily Affirmation: Today daily events are my teacher!
Recommendation: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there—buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. – Deepak Chopra
There are numerous definitions of meditation. One popular idea is that thoughts must cease for us to enter a meditative state. Certainly that could be classified as meditation; however for me meditation consists of 2 essentials:
- Discovering and resting in the peace that resides within us
- Making direct contact with God
stillness & inspiration
This peace that is nestled just under our stream of thoughts is very approachable. The trick is to be in a state of non-judgmental relaxed awareness. That means we just sit and be. We become relaxed in body and mind. We stay alert, i.e. not fall asleep and maintain awareness of all that goes on inside us, without manufacturing new thoughts about any of it.
Once we experience this peace it’s a great opportunity to:
- Pray and make direct contact with God
- Seek inspiration, which appears in the form of sudden thoughts an d ideas
- Do creative thinking and planning
Here are some more tips from my site.
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM.
Recommendation: Moments in Between: The Art of the Quiet Mind
by David Kundtz
Compel your lower nature to obey your higher nature… – The Urantia Papers
the higher and the lower
The lower nature is that which frets, worries, fears, feels less than, is jealous, always wants more and never satiated.
The higher nature is that which loves, is kind, serves, is confident, has faith, is peaceful, thoughtful, deliberate, motivated, and has a higher purpose.
you’re the boss
We are and can be victims of genetics and generational, racial and national thought patterns. It can be tough to fight these built-in inertial forces. Because we are will creatures, it’s our prerogative and should be our life-goal to grow and design our life. Which is why we have a mind that’s really under our control. If such is not the case then how can we assert control? Who’s the boss?
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM my own master.
Recommendation: The Urantia Papers