Embrace Change

Embrace Change

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Many see change as a threat to what feels comfortable in their lives.  As what feels easy and comfortable changes we fight against it causing us unhappiness.

Evolution and expansion are the basis for your life.  As we expand from experiences within ourselves and the experiences with others your life follows a path around that expansion.  The way you react to this expansion of your self and how you feel in any given moment is how your life will evolve.

If you oppose your natural progression that opposition will manifest a mirror image of your resistive emotions.

See the beauty and opportunity in change and embrace it for it’s powerful influence in your life.  You will see it flow much smoother and your life will start to shape around your dreams.

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Happiness is a choice

Happiness is a choice

Happiness is a choice

“Happiness is a choice and your natural state of being. Your emotions are your guide that reveal if you are permitting or opposing your true self.” – Excerpt from “Falling in Love with your True Self” by Michael Vincent Ford

When we permit our true selves to flow naturally into our present existence then happiness follows.  Worry, doubt and sadness are the result of opposing that natural flow.  Every instance in life has a choice of how you perceive it.

Start to observe your emotions to people and situations in your life to see if you can possibly make a different choice of how you react at those times.   When you start living a happier more present life everything else will follow suit.

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The Lovers

The Lovers

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The Lovers card shows the bond between the feminine and the masculine.  The image is representational for the Garden of Eden.  Here we see a man and a woman in the lush garden with the temptations of fruit and snake.  All while the great sun shines down on their bond.

The Lovers card represents a union and a duality.  It can be between two people or two sides of yourself.  Within ourselves there is a balance of feminine/masculine.  A constant pull between emotion and the mundane.  Its a card of choice of doing what feels right and doing what you feel you must do.  It’s a connection to that inner self, the love you have for yourself and for another.

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Other versions of this card show a couple either intertwined or receiving a blessing from above.  The theme of the garden with temptation, the approval of God, the two sides being represented all represent two sides to one love.

Just as love between two people are unique on each side so is the love for yourself.  The way you view yourself and the way you represent yourself to others.  The way you are with your lover and the way you are with your family and friends.

Use this card and meditate on feeling both sides of love.  Love for others and love for yourself.  If you are confused between two lovers, are lacking love for yourself or need guidance on matters of love this card will help you.

From “A Guide to the new Palladini Tarot” by Susan Hansson

Key 6
Numeral 6: Love, perfection, and harmony.
Hebrew Letter: Zayin: movement, sword.  The sword cuts away old ties.
Cabalah: Path 7: Binah (mother) to Tifereth (son).
Astrological Influence: Gemini.  The Gemini twins govern diversity, adaptability, duality, versatility, and choice.
Motto: “I think/I scheme.”

 

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Positive Perspective

Positive Perspective

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I saw on the Louise Hay Facebook page and it really resonated with me.  How many times do we hear someone tell us how bad their morning went or how something didn’t go their way?  We can often relate but then its easy to take that negative situation and try and apply it to yourself.  I think it’s important on a daily basis to separate yourself from the negative emotions of others and know that it’s not always true for you to think the same way.

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27th Verse Tao Te Ching

27th Verse Tao Te Ching

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27th Verse

“A knower of the truth
travels without leaving a trace,
speaks without causing harm,
gives without keeping an account.
The door he shuts, though having no lock,
cannot be opened.
The knot he ties, though using no cord,
cannot be undone.

Be wise and help all beings impartially,
abandoning none.
Waste no opportunities.
This is called following the light.

What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?”

If the teacher is not respected
and the student not cared for,
confusion will arise, however clever one is.
This is the great secret.”

In this verse, we become aware of how our actions affect others without our acknowledgement of our actions.  Lao Tzu speaks of traveling without leaving a trace and giving without keeping an account.  How often do we want to be applauded for our good deeds?  The most effective teachers are not ones who stand on a pedestal and demand recognition.  They are the ones who influence because of their subtlety.

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When living your life in this way, one does not choose who they teach and who they interact with. Every situation good or bad has a way of improving not just the person you are helping but also your life.  Like the puzzle above each block maintains the whole structure.  One block doesn’t stand out because it is more important.  They all work together equally to achieve the same goal.  When you are following your own light that light will bring you into many situations that you wouldn’t have chosen consciously.

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To really be effective in impacting others respecting every person and situation as equals will bring clarity to them and to yourself.  Follow your light and reveal the great secret that is your truth.

 

 

 

 

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Easter – Dr. Maya Angelou “Still I Rise”

Easter – Dr. Maya Angelou “Still I Rise”

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Easter has a theme of rebirth and rising from insurmountable odds.  When I read “Still I Rise” by Dr. Maya Angelou it reminds me of the power of ascension.

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Maya Angelou1928 – 2014You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Pc-Wallpaper-Sun-Rising-WallpaperJust like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

6a00e54edc5c68883301347fe140d3970cLeaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise."
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The Caveman Present Moment Exercise

The Caveman Present Moment Exercise

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The purpose of this exercise is to understand what is important to your present life and what is a distraction to you aligning with your true self.  We have a lot of distractions in our modern world that keeps us from the joy has to offer.  I see a lot of new diets that focus on the caveman eating patterns.  This is beneficial because today’s food is filled with pesticides, hormones and artificial additives.

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Just like the food being offered the social interactions and view of ourselves are being polluted by artificial distractions.  To connect to your true self and realize your dreams you need to separate yourself from what is distracting you.  During this exercise, I want you to imagine you live in the caveman period of humanity.  Take away anything in your mind that relates to your current lifestyle of a modern human.  To make this fun lets take our current worries back in time to this period as a way to leave the past behind and return to our natural way of being which is living in the present moment.

You can do this exercise in your mind or on a sheet of paper.  Start out by breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.  This exercise works best in a meditative state but can also be practiced in your mind at any time of day.  As I start this exercise, I imagine myself going further and further back in time to the Paleo period.  I envision myself in a vast lush jungle with the sounds of exotic long extinct wildlife.

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When I am stressed and distracted I find my mind can immediately begin to worry about modern concerns.  Sometimes it can be, how will I pay rent next month?  Possibly it’s regarding a deadline for an article I wanted to finish that I hadn’t.  At the same time, I imagine I hear the roar of a ferocious T-Rex dinosaur.  He seems to be attracted to my worrying thoughts.

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The more I worry the closer he seems to be.  This T-Rex finds worry delicious and fun to hunt.  Knowing that he loves these distractions, I throw them behind me to keep him satisfied with my worrying treats.  It’s similar to a bee that is flying near you.  It is more attracted to you because you fear it.  With worry comes the monsters, which is ego and doubt.  Envisioning these details helps you remove yourself from your worry and allows you to see that your lack of certainty is self created.

So, I release more and more distractions as bait for the nearby predator.  Cavemen don’t worry about an email from their boss or about a deadline (thrown to the predator).  They can’t waste time worrying about why their crush didn’t call back.  There are plenty of mates in the jungle (thrown to the predator).  The survival of the caveman is dependent on what he really needs and what helps him survive.  His or her survival is dependent on sustenance, safety, certainty and clarity in who he/she is and what must be done.  That certainty is what allows him to survive and not only survive but thrive in this world.  If he were to spend time worrying about how will he find dinner, will he be safe, where will he sleep in a month, he would be consumed by predators when his guard is let down by these distractions.

What is this blind belief that he will be ok?  Where do the abilities come from that allow him to survive without worry?  It is his faith and certainty in who he is and what he must do that allows him to survive.

Be like the caveman and emerge from the overgrown dark jungle to a beautiful lush valley free of predators and worry.

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In this lush valley predators may not enter.  There are waterfalls and abundant fruit trees.  Enjoy the experience of being safe and without worry.  Allow yourself to let go and trust in the fact that well being is always flowing your way.

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