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Beginning a new and more enriched conversation between you and I and anyone else that wants to join in. That conversation begins by Being Present.
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I have written over 1700 blog post filled with inspirational ideas. I never knew I had so much to write about when I first started my first website, Explore Life Journal in 2008. There is insightful and useful sparks of knowing and awareness throughout all the posts that will enrich your life in many ways.
I always welcome your comments about ideas that enhanced your life.
I want to suggest that you consider the possibility that it’s time you take real charge of your life. It’s time to more fully understand who you are, what you want, and how you are getting in your own way.
Most of who you are is learned and much of it has been helpful in moving you to where you are now. However, big chunks of it have been holding you back, slowing your progress or even road-blocking what you feel deep inside is right for you.
If you took the time to count your blessing each day you would be surprised by how many positive, wonderful moments there are. I recently began an experiment in which I looked for blessing coming my way.
This experiment came from an e-book called E Squared by Pam Grout (available on Amazon). I suggest you join me in this experiment. There are also eight additional experiments to help you prove that your thoughts create your reality.
Also, over the last few months, I have been slowly enjoying a book titled, The Gentle Art Of Blessing by Pierre Pradervand. I’m using these ideas as a guide for exploring the practice of blessing others and myself.
When you bless others you can imagine sending them light, love, joy, peace, healing and flow. Everyone everywhere would appreciate these kind gestures of thoughtful intention. These outward actions are not in the context of religion but more about assisting others to more fully express who they are.
I have been drawn to the idea of blessings with the belief that they can make a difference in the world. Making a positive difference seems more important than ever. Does it to you also?
Most of the time we hardly notice how busy the mind is a categorizing, profiling, and judging others. The moment we walk into a room of people the judging machine called our mind goes to work. This is the work of the ego sorting everyone under the falsehood of keeping us safe.
About 95% of our judging has nothing to do with safety and is more about habit and the ego’s need to try to have power and control over others. On a global level we could even say all conflicts within, with others, between beliefs/factions and including wars are started within the judging mind.
The ego-mind is the source of the biggest lie ever spread through humanity. This lie is that we are different because of our beliefs, our color, our politics, our national boundaries and whatever other artificial separation we have manufactured.
The real truth is we are one big human family on a planet we have named Earth.
Fear ruins people’s lives. It can poison your dreams, terrorize your imagination, imprison you from doing things you want to experience, strangle your heart from opening, drown your creativity, blind you to the truth, and cripple you moving forward. Does any of this sound familiar?
The most interested thing about fear is that it is not real. It always begins as a thought and then turns into a feeling sensation you have learned to call fear. 99% of what you fear is all in your mind.
Yet it still dominates the world. It is so powerful that fear has been used to control the masses for centuries. Just create an imagined enemy and people fall into doing what they’re told.
Let’s talk about fear and what you can do about it.
Over the last two years of living quietly, I have gained some valuable insights about happiness and I want to share them with you today.
As I started going through the alphabet I realized I had more than one idea for each of the letters. They all seemed valuable. What I want to give you is as many good ideas as I can come with. Hope that’s okay with you? Here’s the list:
Acceptance of Self – If you accept yourself as fully as you can, happiness will come easily. Loving yourself will set you free to love the world.
Awareness – Through awareness of who you are and what matters to you, you can create the life you want. Awareness makes your life a choice.
I continue to notice in myself - and in almost every other human being - that self-doubt is a ongoing challenge that just doesn’t go away one day. Instantly erasing it sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?
Instantly, maybe not - however there are ways to shrink self-doubt that can be hugely successful rather quickly. I will share these with you shortly but first I want to share 5 ways self-doubt is fueled:
1. Looking to others for self-approval – This never works but it seems so important when you doubt yourself. There could never be enough approval from others to dissolve the lack of approval inside. Move past this strategy. It only creates more self-doubt.
2. Trying to satisfy the ego-mind’s need for reassurance -The ego-mind is never satisfied. This mind can have everything it wants but it will go searching for even more. The ego is fueled by fear. Notice the ego’s voice and don’t let it run your life.
3. Ignoring your intuitive/soul’s sense of what is right for you - This is a frequent mistake made because the rationalizing mind too often pushes the inner voice aside. Ignoring the quiet wisdom inside fills you full of doubt.
I just got back on Monday from the World Domination Summit. It was a gathering of people interesting in how to more fully express who they are and in doing so make a positive difference in the world. What a wonderful group of human beings.
I want to share some highlights and perspectives I gained.
* If you want to give a presentation that has impact then tell a story. Do it in a way that begins with “what is” and then give glimpses of “what can be.” People will resonate with stories told in this way. Thanks Nancy Duarte for your wisdom on what kind of speeches touch audiences.
* Set your goals high. Problogger.nets Darren Rowse wanted to be Superman as a kid. I can identify, how about you?
I saw this question in a book that I am reading. I knew immediately it was time to write about desire. There are so many beliefs about this subject that need to be examined.
Desire is a driving force, no question about that. There is however, a wide range of opinions about the pluses and negatives of desire.
I have to admit to a big bias here –
I began my inner journey about 40 years ago. In fact I remember the exact moment when my spirit began to awaken.
After completing my education degree I was looking at different possibilities for my life, I happened upon a class offered at the local college. Without hesitation I signed up for it as if guided from within.
The class was about the human potential and it was filled with the most amazing inspiration. I felt so alive. I knew I was in the right place.
Today that buzz of aliveness is stronger than ever. I have continued to be excited and passionate about the unlimited possibilities we all have.
I suspect many of you have a deep caring for humanity and what is possible or you wouldn’t be here reading my posts. These sensations of aliveness within us are just the tip of the iceberg.
In the last few weeks a shift has taken place.
I invite you to join me and explore a spiritual practice of blessing.
The following is the blessing I will share throughout this Summer for the benefit of all our brothers and sisters on the planet:
I call upon the brightest light within me and beyond to bless all my human family.
I send blessings from the heart of unconditional love, compassion, kindness and caring to everyone.
I send blessings of awareness, consciousness, insight, inspiration, awakening and the realization of are oneness.
I send blessings of peace, inner peace, and world peace. It is time to find peace together.
I send blessings of joy, happiness, laughter and much enjoyment of life. Feel the joy flowing through these blessings to you.
I send blessings of healing, health and well-being to all. Within we have all we need to heal ourselves and each other.
I send blessings of flow, abundance, prosperity, money, wealth, and financial freedom. We all deserve this wonderful flow.
I send blessings of freedom, free to be, free of oppression, free of the need to be in control and be right, and free of all limits.
I also bless myself with all these blessing and encourage you to do the same.
Together our blessing will send transforming waves across the planet for the good of all.
Let the Blessings flow,
First a quick summary: You may have noticed that I often revisit ideas. I do that for several reasons:
1. I have discovered that my own journey towards self-realization benefits from looking at ideas and concepts from variety of perspectives. I suspect that is true for you.
2. Reminders seem very helpful in these times filled with such distractions. I am curious what you need to be reminded about as you move towards your highest expression? Please leave comments below.
3. I find that every time I read something I resonate with, I expand in my awareness; I open to a greater understanding. At this blog I explore timely issues for each of us on a path of awakening. What kinds of ideas resonate with you? Comments welcomed.
I hope you find this summary helpful and a good-lead-in to one of my favorite themes – Being and Doing.
Suffering is optional. I may have mentioned this before but I often see people causing themselves so much misery that I think this reminder is important.
Do you find yourself in the midst of too much discomfort too often? Do you feel more comfortable being uncomfortable? Doesn’t make sense does it?
Do you think suffering makes you a better person? Were you taught to believe that suffering is beneficial?
If you answered yes to any of these you can join the Suffer Club - most of us have been card-carrying members of this club at one time or another. The glorification of suffering has been a strong societal message for many generations.
This week I want to share several helpful perspectives, which may not seem related but I promise to tie them all together before this post is over.
Each one of these 5 points is worthy of a full post and they may receive that attention in the next few weeks. For now though, I will share these ideas so you can immediately explore what they have to offer:
1. There are no enemies. The only enemies are in your mind.
Over the last few months I have been sharing ideas with you that I find words inadequate in expressing. This writing challenge is tied to ongoing seismic shifting of my inner sense of self and the world.
At this point in my life I’ve committed to leaving a lifetime of programming behind. Now I am on a personal journey of deepening awareness, expanding compassion and realizing the highest levels of potential and expression.
Recently I’ve had a number of insights that have been very helpful. My hope is you can join me in exploring these higher levels of knowing.
My first insight is why joy matters.
Recently I was exploring several ideas about how things in life work or don’t work. After spending time journaling and further exploring my ideas I soon had helpful inspiration and guidance.
The guidance was that what determines how well you and I do things is how well we place our attention on what we are doing. That makes sense doesn’t it?
I want to suggest a more expanded definition than how attention is usually defined – it is not only the focusing of your mind but also of your heart and spirit.
On the other side of what seems to be reality is a much more profound truth. That truth is that heaven waits for you now. Not the kind of biblical heaven imagined by the inventors of the different religions. This heaven is within.
The great promise of most religion is that you will have a better life in the hereafter. The Truth never lingers in the possibilities of tomorrow. It can only reside in the present moment. Now is the only place where the seeds of human possibilities bloom.
Heaven is not a romp through the tulips but a song that sings itself as your life. You are the creator of each moment whether it’s heaven, hell or dull disconnect from the vibrancy of life.
Characteristics of the true heaven within you include:
A loving heart so vast and unconditional that all is included