The Power of Detours

So. . .you’ve been detoured in life. . .

It happens.
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Enjoy the scenery anyway.

Sometimes detours in life are necessary.

There are always new things to see, new people to meet, and new wonders to experience.

When detours happen, the best thing we can do is to open our minds and our hearts to them.

The key to handling detours is our reaction to them.  We have a choice.  We really do.

You can resist, get angry, and allow detours to turn you into a bitter, depressed, unhappy person, or you can ease into the experience, go with the flow, and see what each detour has in store for you.  You will find yourself becoming a better, stronger, wiser person.

Embrace life’s detours.  Let them take you where they will.  You’ll soon realize that detours are part of life’s journey.  Without them we wouldn’t become the people we are meant to be.

Quit Your Addiction To The News

I quit my addiction to watching the news.

The news, whether on TV, online, or in a newspaper, is nothing but a collection of negative communication.  We learn about catastrophes, financial ruin, terrorist attacks, murders and all kinds of disasters and cruelties that leave us in a perpetual state of anxiety and fear.

Whenever I got caught up in such negative energy, I began to feel weak and powerless.  Before I knew it, my immunity (both physical and spiritual) declined, and I started drawing in the experiences that confirmed my fears.

Living with anxiety induced by the media activates stress hormones.  When this happens, we lose our ability to think clearly.  According to brain studies, stress hormones constrict blood vessels in the forebrain, suppressing the center of deliberate action (in the front cerebral cortex).  The energy of fear can paralyze us.

But that’s not all.

Falling asleep with fear and stress allows such energy into our sleep awareness, when we are most susceptible to suggestion.  Our brain (our consciousness) “stores” this information.  This can have enormous significance. meditation-1000062_1280

Consider your viewing habits.  Besides the news, what kinds of movies do you watch?  A movie that is well-done will seize your emotions.  A movie may last a couple of hours, but the information goes into our memory storehouse.  The subconscious mind does not differentiate between fantasy and reality; instead, it stores such information as “memories” thus directing future information based on these experiences, whether fictional or not.

Remember, like attracts like.  The more we watch the news or the kinds of movies that are full of violence or drama, the more we fortify a resonance field of worry and fear.

Instead of identifying more and more with what you DO NOT want, try identifying more and more with what you DO WANT.

How? Allow energies that are conducive to your health and well-being for a few days to see how it affects you, and then expand from there.  Try the following:

  • Limit your news intake.  Wean yourself.  Better yet, quit cold turkey.  The sooner, the better.
  • Read literature that uplifts and edifies you.
  • Listen to uplifting music, such as meditation, massage, or Reiki music.
  • Associate with people who support and encourage you.
  • Keep a journal filled with positive affirmations and thoughts.
  • Send letters/e-mails/cards filled with the energy of love.
  • Repeat positive, affirmative statements to yourself as you begin to drift off to sleep.
  • When confronted with the news, send blessings.  Send light and love in its direction.
  • Watch movies and programs that inspire and encourage you.

The more often you do this, the faster those influences will become your reality.

Let yourself be well.

Living With The Unknown

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There is so much mystery to life.  We will never know what the unknown holds for us.

It’s baffling.  It’s unnerving.  It’s confounding.

And it’s exciting!

How you communicate with yourself when you are facing the unknown is going to determine how quickly and gracefully you master this part of your life.

Take the attitude that all things — all things — work out. . .somehow, some way, for the highest good.

Take the plunge. Dive in. Find out. Imagine the possibilities! Don’t let fear hold you hostage, or you will miss out on living.

Today Is Your Lucky Day

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Today is your lucky day!

The moment we make a decision, Unseen Assistance begins to move in the direction of that decision.

Things begin to move and happen.

Doors open.  Opportunities blossom.  Resources present themselves.

The energy of our decision begins to multiply and expand to bring things into manifestation.

The more energy we give and the more we act on the opportunities that come our way, the more we find ourselves in a natural flow, that State of Grace that reminds us that we matter to Something much greater than ourselves.

For this we give our gratitude.

This is not to say that there won’t be any obstacles.  Obstacles are another form (the shadow side) of opportunity to find out what we are truly made of.  They help us to strengthen our staying power and our faith.  Learning from them is part of the journey.

Remaining positive and staying focused while giving gratitude is the energy needed to fuel manifestation and to push us past (through) those *obstacles*.

You have what it takes.  Decide to do it.  And watch what happens.

Making Friends With Uncertainty

No matter how much planning we do or how much control we think we have over our lives, life will always be filled with uncertainty.  Rather than fearing uncertainty, make friends with it.

Yes, there will be setbacks and frustrating disappointments, but these are nothing to fear, nor should they stop you from embracing and living life.  How you perceive and handle “setbacks” determines how things will turn out.

Accepting uncertainty as a part of life means trusting that your life fits into a much larger plan. This is not always easy because the ego would have you believe that you are unsafe.  So, we hold on while fear holds us hostage.

When we trust that our life fits a larger plan, we come to know that everything we experience is meant to fit into our evolution. It is for our learning and for our inner growth. The more we connect with our true self, the more we will find that setbacks, disappointments, and failures fall into one of these categories:

  • They are temporary, and they will somehow work themselves out with minimal effort. When we adopt the attitude that all things work out for the highest good, we can trust that something good will come out of it in the end.
  • They point you in a new direction, asking you to re-examine what you are doing.  If our current direction is not serving our best interest, or if we no longer feel in alignment with it, then it is time to re-inventory our lives, and make the necessary changes.
  • They uncover hidden negative emotions and beliefs that we need to resolve.  We don’t always realize what’s holding us back until something cracks us open.
  • They are paving the way for new opportunities that are getting ready to present themselves to us. Unseen forces are continually working in our favor, even if we don’t see them.

If you still can not understand how setbacks fit into a larger plan for you, let not your heart be troubled.  Have patience, return to your center, and accept for the moment that life has uncertainties that can not be explained.  In time, an explanation may present itself, especially when you are in a state of readiness (without fear) to receive it.

There is a higher plan that is always guiding you forward even though there are bumps along the way.

Is Your Body Your Friend?

Our biggest ally and supporter in life is our body.  It is the physical platform by which we accomplish things in life. When we align it with the present moment, and with our goals, values, and love, we create a solid foundation for success.

Sadly, our concept of something or someone being beautiful is grounded in a belief system that promotes judgment and duality. We let the external standards of youthful beauty and attractiveness define us as we buy into the false images the media and society tell us is the ideal body.  In this case, beauty depends on something being identified as ugly.

Our body is a living, intelligent, dynamic creation.  It supports our well-being when we make choices that honor it, not debase it.  It is our friend, willing and able to do what we ask of it. Why would we treat it as anything less?

Celebrate that you have this trusted friend with you at all times. Our body does not lie.

Consider the following quotes:

Here in this body are the sacred rivers: here are the sun and moon as well as all the pilgrimage places…I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.  Saraha

Our body is precious.  It is our vehicle for awakening.  Treat it with care.  Buddha

There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.  Elizabeth A. Behnke

The body is a multilingual being.  It speaks through its color and its temperature, the flush of recognition, the glow of love, the ash of pain, the heat of arousal, the coldness of nonconviction. . . . It speaks through the leaping of the heart, the falling of the spirits, the pit at the center, and rising hope.  Clarissa Pinkola Estés

It is amazing how many hints and guides and intuitions for living come to the sensitive person who has ears to hear what his body is saying.  Rollo May

The body always leads us home . . . if we can simply learn to trust sensation and stay with it long enough for it to reveal appropriate action, movement, insight, or feeling.  Pat Ogden

For every thought supported by feeling, there is a muscle change.  Primary muscle patterns being the biological heritage of man, man’s whole body records his emotional thinking.  Mabel Ellsworth Todd

Your emotions are your inner guidance system.  They alone will let you know whether you are living in an environment of biochemical health or in an environment of biochemical distress.  Understanding how your thoughts and your emotions affect every single hormone and cell in your body, and knowing how to change them in a way that is health-enhancing, gives you access to the most powerful and empowering health-creating secret on earth.  Christiane Northrup

Being in touch with our bodies, or more accurately, being our bodies, is how we know what is true.  Harriet Goldhor Lerner

To connect with our bodies is to learn to trust ourselves, and from that comes power.  Mirka Knaster

Shift I Am Not To I Am

The I am not or the I can’t mentality is not uncommon.  Throughout life we’ve been through a conditioning process that’s created this sort of mind-set.  You didn’t win that contest, and you think I am not talented. You were criticized, and you think I am not good enough.  You failed a test, and you think I am not smart.  You are faced with a challenge, and you think I can’t do this.

Each time you think I am not this or I can’t do that, you block the inherent creative force you were born to use.

Overcoming this mentality requires reconstructing your I Am statements.  The words I am are much more than a pronoun married to a state-of-being verb.  They define who we are and what we are capable of, and they are holy expressions for the name of God (remember when God spoke to Moses, announcing his name as I am that I am?).  I am is the highest aspect of yourself; it is your Divine Self.  Take care which descriptors you use after I am, or you will negate your Divine nature.

When it comes to reconstructing your I am statements, it’s important to practice using words to define yourself only in ways that are compatible with your highest self, and then the unseen forces of the universe will conspire to supply you with the happiness, love, and success you’ve imagined.  Begin to focus your attention on the words that follow the sacred I am.  This is key to releasing the creative force within.

If you’ve been saying I am incapable, stop! This is self-sabotaging. You ARE capable. Shift to I am capable.  If you’ve been thinking I am not lucky in love, shift to I am love. Reword your inner world for this is a beginning step to accessing the assistance of your higher self.  You want what follows I am to be congruent with your higher self; this alignment will synchronistically invite the guidance you need.

Overcoming the I am not mentality begins with trusting your inner world of spirit, where there are no boundaries and where all things are possible.

Try it for yourself.  Think of some things that you would like to define your life. Then shift from I am not or I am hoping to to a strong, heart-felt I AM, and let me know what happens.

“Imagineering” Your Life

Walt Disney used the term “imagineering” when it came to creating his world-known theme parks. It’s a belief that permeates everything that his company does.  These imagineers are the creative force behind the fairy tale castles, the thrilling amusement rides, and the spectacular fireworks displays.

To be an imagineer, one must use his or her imagination to engineer life experiences that reveal and release the higher/authentic self.

It’s about making magic by pushing the boundaries of creativity, innovation, and possibility to create the life we want.

The greatest gift we were ever given was the gift of imagination. Within that magical realm is the capacity to manifest our dreams. The poet William Blake writes, “What is now proved was once only imagin’d.”  This is the basis for imagineering.  This is the secret to living a life of creative manifestation.  As Blake’s nugget of wisdom sinks into your consciousness, your imagination will begin to take over.

One look around will show you that everything you experience with your senses was once in someone’s imagination.  In order for things to exist, or to be proved, as Blake says, they must first be placed firmly into your imagination. Without imagination, creativity stops. Spiritual leaders have known this through the centuries.  And today, the world of quantum physics confirms that the universe is made of formless energy, and that particles (matter, things) do not originate from other particles; they spring from something invisible, something akin to our imagination. It transcends the boundaries of our senses, and it can’t be proven mathematically or verified scientifically.  Yet it exists. We know we have an imagination.

All we have to do is to take charge of it.

If we are to advance confidently in the direction of our dreams, as Henry David Thoreau instructs, we must understand that using our imagination involves more intensity than just imagining the occasional wishful thought.  This involves unlearning some of the ways we have squandered or misused the capacity that our imagination has to advance us in the direction of our dreams.  We’ve used it to develop mental habits that hold us back.

We can change those habits by developing a new mindset.  We do this by remembering that our imagination is ours and ours alone to use in any way that we choose.  No one else is responsible for our imagination, and anything we place in it and hold there ultimately becomes our reality.

The imagineer does not misuse his or her imagination. Instead, the imagineer stresses what s/he wants, not what s/he doesn’t want. The imagineer never imagines what it is that s/he doesn’t wish to have as his or her reality.  Energy flows where attention goes.

The imagineer does not allow the imagination to be contaminated by ideas about how life used to be.  S/He uses positive “I am” statements instead of “I am not” statements. The imagineer has developed a healthy self-concept. S/He has replaced old ideas of I can’t help it, It’s my nature, I’ve always been that way with I am capable, I am strong, I am healthy, I am happy. Imagineers completely heed St. Germain’s words, “I AM the Conquering Presence! I command this I AM Presence to govern perfectly my mind, home, affairs and world.”  The words “I AM” are our sacred identification as our Higher Self, and the imagineer knows this.

The imagineer doesn’t allow the current conditions of life to restrict the imagination. The imagineer knows the imagination is unlimited and does not opt for an ordinary level of living. The imagineer is a bold thinker, changing such thoughts as I will one day be in a better place to In my mind I am where I intend to be. S/He invites and trusts the mysterious unseen world of Spirit to guide him or her by creating an atmosphere of allowing it in without pushing it.

The imagineer is adamant about the imagination being a private sacred inner space.  S/He speaks to it with reverence and stays in a constant state of gratitude.

With imagineering, there are no limits.  Are you brave enough to give it a try?

Are You Taking Responsibility?

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Responsibility.   It’s a word that many people throw around loosely, yet don’t want to claim for themselves.  And then they wonder why things aren’t working out in their lives.

Success in life, especially achieving those things that are most important, depends on you, and you alone.

When we take full responsibility for our lives, suddenly things seem to fall into place.  Notice I said “full.” Not half.  Full.

This doesn’t mean doing things half-assed. It means getting off your duff and doing something about something, not sitting idly back wishing for things to fall into your lap.  It means being proactive.

Nothing gets done until you take action.  The house isn’t going to clean itself (unless you have a maid, but even then you have to get off your butt to hire one).  The bills aren’t going to pay themselves.  Those extra 15 pounds you put on over the winter aren’t going to melt off of you any time soon. Something has to be done, and only you can do something about it.

We have been blessed with the ability to choose how we respond to events that occur in life.

The question is, how are YOU responding to the events in your life???

Events in and of themselves have no meaning, until we apply meaning to them; that is, until we respond in a way that gives meaning to them.

Those of the victim mindset will react, complain, cry, wail and dramatize the event out of proportion, making others feel sorry for them.

Those of the creator mindset will take proactive measures and turn the event around to their advantage. They will learn from it, grow from it, and even offer gratitude for it.

Want to lose that extra weight?  Take responsibility.

Want to pay down your debts?  Take responsibility.

Want to find that dream job?  Take responsibility.

When you take full responsibility, you will create better outcomes by consciously choosing your responses to the things that happen in your life.

Take responsibility.  Today.

The One Thing That Can Change Your Life

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Changing our lives begins with changing our thinking.

If you could change one thing in your life, right now, what would you change?

Changing your thinking about that one thing begins the process of allowing things to fall into line so that real change occurs.

Just stating, “I’m going to change this. Now!” with a willingness and determination to change will shift the brain into a solution, or creative, mode.

Maybe you’re feeling that life is dull. What can you do to change your thinking on this?

Make a list of all the things that you think are making your life dull.

How many complaints (yes, complaints) do you have? Each time you repeat (think or say) these complaints, a feedback loop is set in motion. The more you tell yourself that life is dull, the more dull it gets. These complaints are limitations that keep you from changing because you keep reinforcing them in your mind.

Now ask, “What can I do to make my life more exciting?” Take a few moments to center yourself, and in a calm frame of mind, create your list. Don’t let old conditioning distract you. If negative thoughts crop up, breathe through them, let them go, and focus on the question again.

This exercise allows you to “re-wire” your brain so you can create solutions rather than problems. As solutions surface, you will begin to feel energized, the very opposite of dull. The more energized you feel, the more energy you will create. You will find yourself wanting to take the necessary steps toward real change, and as you do, more opportunities will present themselves to keep you moving forward.

And that’s the key. Create solutions that are complete opposites of the conditioning that keeps you stuck in a negative situation.

You will be astonished at the transformation that will take place just by altering your thoughts.