Monthly Archives: December 2015

Roadtrip

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If you would like this new year to be different from the last, then something must change. Most likely, that something is you. So, as you look forward, and give thought to the year that lies ahead, think about what you are bringing into it.

Are you bringing the same beliefs, the same habits, the same self-talk and expectations? If they have not been yielding the results that most please you – then now is the time to leave them behind.

Dear reader, beyond anything you set off to do today, make time to reflect. Do so with an open mind. Be honest with yourself. You need not share any of what you discover with anyone. But do look over the life you’ve lived thus far. It is a history book full of information. It is the history of you, and provides great insight as to how you arrived where you are now. And if you choose to continue on as you have, then instead of a history book, it becomes a road map – and your final destination will look very similar to how it looks today.

So look around. If your heart is aching for change, then look inward. What baggage have you been taking with you from year to year. Set by the roadside those things that no longer serve you. Now stand back and look at your vehicle. What has been your mode of transportation all these many years. Please note, that vehicle is you. Is it taking you where you want to go? Is it in good operating condition?

If not, then consider this: let your forward movements be determined less by the voice of your mind and more by the voice of your inner being. When we choose to trust, when we choose to set by the roadside all of our fears – then our trajectory changes. No longer are we keeping ourselves spinning in circles, but instead we get to motor in the direction of things previously unknown by us; opportunities and experiences once unattainable by us because we disallowed ourselves to go in the direction of uncharted territory. Our mind and the words it used to dictate our choices prevented us from experiencing the very blessings for which we prayed in earnest. Not because they were not there and waiting, but because we prevented ourselves from opening up and moving in new directions.

So, dear reader, take this moment to loosen the ties that bind. Use this time to set aside the heavy, constricted, fear-based baggage that has weighed you down. Fix what’s broken. Clear your mind. Open your heart, and get back in the car and drive. This time, let the Divine take the wheel. It knows where you want to go. Trust and allow that once we stop preventing it, the Heavens will take you there.

Sane

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The Gift of Love

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“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. He who looks outside, dreams. He who looks inside, awakens.” Carl Jung

Dear reader, if I have one wish for you this holiday season, it is that you give yourself the gift of love. This is not a selfish endeavor, as the kind of love of which I speak is not based in ego. It is the love of God. It is the love of Source, and All That Is. It is hard to give ourselves this most precious gift because it is love without judgment. Many do not know how to view themselves in such a way. Instead, we only know how to look upon ourselves and render certain aspects as acceptable, or not acceptable. Good or bad. Worthy or unworthy. But that isn’t love. Those are opinions based, usually, on half truths and fear. Fear that we are not as we should be. Fear that we are not good enough. Often we act out on these beliefs and cause ourselves a good deal of turmoil and added fodder for our ego to feed upon. But its all due to a missing component – a true love of self, and an unshakable knowing that we are worthy. Yes, we may be broken and have things within us that need to be healed. But we are worthy, just the same.

Spirit doesn’t operate in the same way as the egocentric mind. Spirit simply loves for the sake of loving. God creates. God loves its creation. There is no judgment as Source Energy knows that all things are necessary. Every stage of development is required to accomplish growth. One must stumble, if they are ever to walk. Even if one lives a lifetime operating from a place of brokenness, it is still learning. It may take a few lifetimes to counterbalance all the pain and damage it felt and caused, but its still all part of the larger cycle of experiential growth of the soul. During which, it is still worthy, and loved by God.

When we operate from a place of fear we truly do dishonor who we are. And we surely dishonor others. Those are the times when I believe the heavens cry and the angels shed tears.

So, dear reader, give yourself the gift of Love. Cradle the broken parts within yourself as a loving parent cradles a child who has been harmed, and is thrashing about in pain. Ask yourself the deeper questions, Why do I behave as I do when I feel a certain way? Why do I view myself as unworthy? Why is it I feel I am not enough? Why do I grow so fearful? As answers are given – love what you are shown. You may not like what you see. It may break your heart in two, but without condition, love it. Doing so is the most precious gift you can give yourself.

It is the gift of Self Love. Without it, one can never love another. Without it, one can never accept love from another. We can not wave a wand and magically change the world around us. But we can change ourselves, and by doing so, change the world.  God does not look down upon you and up toward another. There is no grading system coming from Heaven. That is the cruel handy work of the mind. So as you go about the next few days, remember – love is patient, love is kind. So do as love does, look upon yourself with kindness, give yourself time. Give yourself the gift of Love.

Sane

Writing your Story

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Every day is a blank slate. Every day you get to choose what you believe. And every day, whether you realize it or not, you write a story. In time, that story becomes your truth.

It is important that we consider the words we use within ourselves. Even the most self-defeating words we keep imprisoned within our mind eventually make it onto the page. Perhaps subtly, at first. But over time they will appear. Everything we believe, whether spoken or not, comes alive. Our beliefs color and shape our world. So, believe well.

And just because you have thought a thought all your life, doesn’t mean it is the thought you must think now. It may be the thought most readily available. It may be the thought that is most familiar. And it may be your default thought. But unless it feels good – you don’t need to put it into the story that is played over and over within your mind. You get to think a better thought.

Habitual thoughts are not always the best thoughts. They don’t always serve you. And they surely don’t always honor you, or others.

Whether you are aware of it or not, you are constantly writing. As life unfolds, especially during the rough times, our mind scrambles to fill in the blanks. And because the mind struggles to trust the soul, it looks everywhere to find data to support its conclusions. The mind of the ego will work overtime trying to validate all that has been done wrong to it. All that hasn’t worked out. All the injustices and failures. Unfortunately, this data is usually distorted or false.

The mind says, “Well this happened and that happened, and it all means this… I knew it.” Does it? What does the mind really know?

The mind will always mirror our beliefs. The mind is the filter through which we perceive our world. So, are you believing from a place of love or from a place of fear. Dear reader, listen to the story that is being written within your mind. Does it make you smile? Does it fill you with hope and eagerness to see what’s going to happen next? Or does it fill you with anxiety, hopelessness and dread?

“But life has gotten sucky. And nothing every works out. And people are mean. And, and, and…”

I understand. It takes courage to have faith. It takes courage to live with an open heart. And it surely takes courage to look upon one’s life during the rough times and believe that it’ll be okay. No one every said any of this was going to be easy. But it is worth it.

It is worth it to believe that although today may be difficult, it will get better. It is worth it to believe that even though there are things going on that you truly do not understand, in time it will all make sense. It is worth it to believe that twists and turns are inherent to life. It is worth it to believe that you are not alone. It is worth it to believe that you are worthy, and life will – in time – reflect that, as long as you believe that.

But it all starts with the story of your choosing. So I ask what story are you writing within yourself? Don’t let anyone else’s story become your own. And, oh dear reader, please don’t let your fears hold the pen. Write from a place of knowing and believing and trusting that you are loved and all is well. Because as long as you believe it, it is.

Sane