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69th Verse Tao Te Ching

69th Verse Tao Te Ching

69th Verse

There is a saying among soldiers:
I dare not make the first move
but would rather play the guest;
I dare not advance an inch
but would rather withdraw a foot.

This is called
going forward without advancing,
pushing back without using weapons.

There is no greater misfortune
than feeling “I have an enemy”;
for when “I” and “enemy” exist together,
there is no room left for my treasure.

Thus, when two opponents meet,
the one without an enemy
will surely triumph.

When armies are evenly matched,
the one with compassion wins.

When I read this verse of the Tao Te Ching I imagine an internal battle.  Some would call it the enemy within.  In this verse Lao Tzu speaks of “when two opponents meet, the one without the enemy will surely triumph”.  This couldn’t be more true when we look at self-doubt and self-criticism.

This self-criticism comes about from how you view yourself and how you react to others.  If you are feeling that you are not worthy or that you are being judged by another, that is the enemy within.  To be at odds with oneself creates the battle of who you really are vs who your ego tries to convince you that you’re not.

“When armies are evenly matched, the one with compassion wins”.  This line is powerful in that it shows you the path to confront this internal struggle.  When you are feeling self-doubt, judgement, uncertainty go to place of opposite feeling to confront this struggle.  Compassion for yourself which is self-love will bring you back in sync with who you are.

Self-love allows you to do as he describes – “going forward without advancing, pushing back without using weapons”.  Self-love is the treaty to end the battle we struggle with internally.

 

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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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I AM Meditation

I AM Meditation

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I like to start my day with a feeling of gratitude and of self.  A great way to do this is by using meditation to clear your mind, connect to your true self and then going into a place of gratitude.  By doing this you can see gratitude from a more emotional stand point then a physical one.  Instead of being grateful for your home and car you can see gratitude for your ability to be happy or even grateful for your breath.

It is then much easier to take that gratitude for the smaller things and create desires that you would like to manifest which are more aligned with what you need rather than what you want.

To start this meditation I use meditation beads and go all the way around the strand to make sure I come up with enough I AM positive statements.  If you don’t have the beads you can place your hands in a Buddha pose like the picture above.  This hand mudra connects the thumbs (which represent the ego) back onto each other as to channel the self into an infinity loop.  The left hand represents the feminine energy and the right hand the masculine energy.  You can choose which hand to place on top of which depending on which energy you feel you need to channel more energy from.

To begin you can put on some meditation music or simply get in position and close your eyes.  Take one deep breath in through the nose, hold it for a few seconds then expel all the air in your lungs.  Do this a few times and then start a steady flow of breath in through the nose and out from the nose.

I start with some easy I AM positive statements:

I AM happy
I AM healthy
I AM well

You can then reach for other words to continue the sequence.  If I find myself searching for words I will go down the alphabet like so:

I AM amazing, I AM beautiful, I AM certain, I AM divine…

When you have either finished going through the beads or the A-Z method you can then move onto the gratitude portion of this meditation.  Like with the previous portion try and start with easy statements of gratitude:

I AM grateful for my ability to be happy
I AM grateful for my constant good health
I AM grateful for my breath

Go through as many as you can think of and keep that steady breath in and out of the nose as you make your statements of gratitude.  Once you feel you are at a point of feeling good and having expressed your gratitude you can then start thinking of things you would like to manifest into your life.

Hopefully at this point you feel great about yourself, the energy of gratitude surrounds you and you can more clearly see your manifestations becoming a reality.

 

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The Self Love Revolution

The Self Love Revolution

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The Self Love Revolution

There is a revolution brewing and it’s one to take back the love for ourselves. A battle of sorts between the ego’s view of ourselves vs our true identity. In a world of social media where a lot of people base their lives and their identities on what other people are doing and how great their lives seem to be has created a lack of self love.

Many see the concept of self-love as selfish and self-absorbed. We are often told to give love to others while sacrificing our own need to be loved. Interesting enough many spend their days liking others online posts based around their luxury lifestyles, travels and ego based posts yet if you were to spend time loving yourself it is considered selfish.

The idea of loving yourself has been around a long time but it’s rarely discussed in modern religion and psychological studies. We are told to dedicate yourself fully to your deity or to not be an overly emotional person as this leads to psychological problems and judgment. We live in a society where we hide our emotions and focus on what others view as normal behavior. All the while the hiding of these emotions leads to self pity and depression.

Many people think they know who they are but a lot of the times who you are is based more in ego than true self. Your ego will tell you that you can be defined by a certain race, religion, gender, career title or whatever title you have put on yourself. Your true self though is beyond any of those labels and isn’t afraid to accept and love yourself completely. This is where the concept of self-love comes in and how loving yourself more, helps you love others more.

You then ask how do you love yourself more and how does loving yourself more help others?

Self-love starts with releasing the past that holds you back. Releasing the idea that who you are is based on what choices you have made and viewing yourself based on those choices. The next step would be to start living from a more present moment and allowing life to react to your presence than you reacting to life. Finally it’s about accepting who you are and what you dream of as a reality not based on the ego but based on who you are with your ego self peeled back.

Self-love is about acceptance without outside influences but beyond that accepting that you are bigger than the self you have labeled yourself to be. If you were to label yourself as only being a certain talent or an identity you limit how great you truly are. Loving yourself is not self absorbed its self-important! So important that your emotional and spiritual selves depend on that love to survive. It’s about never using negatives to describe your self and having confidence that you make decisions based on certainty in self not fear of inadequacy. It’s about looking in the mirror and knowing you matter and that you have a purpose. Saying I love myself, I am special and I matter enough to myself to do this for myself. This doesn’t come from ego this comes from spirit. You aren’t telling another person how great you are so, they feel less about themselves.  You are telling yourself how great you are so, others can be motivated to feel that way about themselves as well.

This is where the self-love revolution happens on a bigger scale. When you start to love yourself more and accept your true identity, the way you react to others and the choices you make will then spark that desire in others. When you are happy with life, others will be drawn to your happiness like a magnet and hopefully that happiness will spread like wild fire.   Any revolution always starts with one individual and one individual who fully allows their passion to expand can then affect another individual.

The dark ages of the ego are coming to an end; people are seeing the light in themselves. It’s a time for enlightenment and inner reflection. Go ahead self-love revolutionists, start the process today with the self-love salute by putting your hands on your chest, over your heart and looking in the mirror and shouting out … I LOVE YOU!

 

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Rebirth

Rebirth

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I decided to do a meditation on the concept of rebirth seeing it is Easter.

My awareness has awakened,
I am reborn.
The old me is gone,
I am reborn.

Bathed in light, birthed in love,
covering every cell of my earthly being.
I am reborn.

Light emanating out of my heart chakra,
both front and back.
A golden bright white energy force
of my soul’s abundance.

Always producing an overflow of happiness and love
as to always having enough to share with those meant
to receive it into their spiritual banks.

I am reborn as I was born.
I was born as I am.
As I am as I will be.

 

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