Monday, February 27, 2012

The Seeds of Fear

Why do we work our way up to a cliff that seems so steep and jagged that when we look over the side we feel we only have one option—JUMP? What is it, within us that makes us resort to the fight or flight mentality? Have we become so imprinted with the comfort of fear and pain that we’ve intricately woven it into every experience we have?

We’ve all done it—something great happens and yet we wait for the other shoe to drop. We get ahead with a little money and something dramatic happens. We receive something valuable and we worry it will be stolen from us. We are conditioned from childhood to live in fear.

How often have you heard, “don’t leave (fill in material object) out, someone will steal it.” or “don’t talk to strangers.” We have been bombarded with good intentional lessons filled with fear all of our lives; innocent statements filled with fear ridden tactics. Now, we don’t do it to be Negative Nillies. It usually isn’t taught with any thought of malicious intent. It is just a way we’ve been controlled into doing what makes others comfortable. We’ve adopted other people’s beliefs and interpretations of who we are supposed to be or how we are supposed to act.

Fortunately, you are an independent thinker and being your own thinker, you have the ability to make changes in how you choose to react to fear based feelings, thoughts and words. But it starts in your own mind. You must first wake up and realize that you are the only person who has access to your thoughts. Nobody on the face of the Earth can determine or know what you are thinking all the time. Isn’t it amazing, you are the only person who knows exactly what you are thinking—24 hours a day 7 days a week? Next you must understand that what you feel and think within your own mind creates what’s happening outside in the world. When you understand that even the tiniest feeling or thought of lack and fear will taint every corner of your mind, you begin to pay attention to what you’re feeling and thinking about.

Once you awaken to the idea that the only constant in every condition or situation is you—you begin to understand the true raw power of changing your thoughts and feelings will change your life. Nobody can do anything for you or to you, unless you allow them to. Think about it, how many times have you misread an email? How many times have you over reacted to a situation or condition that you looked back on later and felt embarrassed or stupid? How many times have you accused someone only to find out it wasn’t them or you felt guilty or blamed yourself for something? These actions and thoughts are useless and have no room in your life. Guilt isn’t a consciousness or righteousness builder, it is a life sucker. Guilt and blame are nothing more than time stealers and you have more important things to do than to be stuck in the muck and mire of that negative thinking.

You are more powerful than you think. As you begin understanding that you are the most powerful person in your life, you will begin to move away from guilt, fear, blame and pain and you will come into alignment with your true nature. Begin by forgiving yourself for anything you may have done or thought from this exact moment back. Listen—the past is the past, keep it where it belongs. Don’t drag yesterday’s mistakes into today. It doesn’t do anything but poison your opportunity to do great things. Learn from your mistakes and don’t cling to them for security.

Think of your thoughts and feelings as dandelion seeds. When a gust of wind or a wishful breath is blown across the spherical poof, the seeds are wisped away and carried by a vast potential of renewal. The wind doesn’t think about where it is taking the seeds, it just does what is in its nature. Once the dandelion seed lands in the fertile waiting ground, the seed and soil begins to cooperate to nurture the potential within the seed. The dirt doesn’t fear the seed; it embraces it, surrounds it, protects it and helps the seed reach its full potential. Everything the dandelion is—is contained within that seed, and just like a dandelion seed everything you need is contained within you. All you need to do is trust the soil of your life to nurture it. What is your soil? It is the power in the Universe that continues to say yes to every thought, every word and every action you give it.

Give the Universe something great to work with. Let the old spent ideas of fear, doubt, lack and guilt blow away into the nothingness they belong and watch Love, Assurance, Abundance and Forgiveness begin to bloom back into your life!

Thanks for reading my ramblings! 


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Shake Off the Sand Under Your Feet

“And when you leave that place, shake off the sand under your feet.”*

I recently read this and it resonated with my soul. As a matter of fact, it shook me up and thumped relentlessly against all the bubbling doubt that seems to swell in my head. I call it a “ah-ah moment.” It’s the most basic use of words (aren’t they all), but very powerful none the less.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dragged my old worn-out past into a bright new experience. All the times I’ve fretted over someone’s interpretations and judgments because in my mind they must have been right. They said it—so it must be true. I can’t count how many times I’ve let the thoughtless words and actions of people live and breed in my soul. 

So when I read this section of the passage I stopped and pondered (Yeah, there were words hanging out before and even some after). But it was these thirteen strung together words that flooded every crevice of my consciousness and blasted the insecurity, worry and doubt from my mind. Okay that is a bit of an exaggeration, but I will say, it made me really understand how to move through experiences that are less than comfortable.

See the way I interpret this passage is like this…We must stop giving power to the limited ideas of others as we move forward in our journey. Stop owning the labels that are thoughtlessly plaster across every ambition burning tirelessly in your soul; whether it is someone’s opinion or the distracting voice in your head.  Isn’t it time to shake off the sands of doubt, fear, and judgment and leave it where it belongs? 

It’s not the words of others that poison our hearts, it’s the fear and doubt that we keep cultivating in our minds that does us in. Don’t blame anyone, or even yourself for past choices or mistakes; it does nothing in moving you forward in your life. You are better off learning from your mistakes and keeping them where they belong….in the past.

Hey I’m not saying drop your friends, join a monastery, and ohm twelve hours a day. Let’s not go to extremes. But what I am saying is that as you let go of judgment, let go of fear, and let go of limited ideas you will find that your world begins to blossom into a life of unlimited possibilities.

Hey I know it is a lot of work! Not every day will be filled with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. There are days you’ll curse the world, fear the outcomes, and downright wish you could pull the covers over your head. BUT (and it’s a BIG but) as you stop relying on old expired ideas, worn out excuses and worthless fears you will begin to experience a renewed faith in yourself. You will begin to see who you are again. You will feel your dreams bubble to the surface, taste the excitement for living, and uncover the love you inadvertently buried deep in your heart.

Start small, wake up and begin your day in gratitude. Maybe the sun is shining, or there was just enough toothpaste left to brush your teeth. Find EVERYTHING that you can be grateful for; no matter how small or insignificant it seems, stand in gratitude for it. Eventually you will begin to pile up those small moments of gratitude and before you know it the scale of your life laden with disharmony and fear will lose its impact and you will become light, lifted, and empowered again. 

It is up to you~ this is your life~ your moment to shine. Stand in the wake of discovering who you are with a clear mind and an open heart.

No words can explain how much it means to me, knowing that you keep coming back to read my blog. Thank you from the deepest crevice of my heart. 


*St. Mark 6-11

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Trust Yourself

It's not the monstrous waves of disappointment that keep crashing relentlessly against the jagged edges of our lives that determine which story we'll cling to for rectitude; it’s the momentary flashes of calm in between.

How often do we struggle and gasp for air as the titanic wave of fear and pain crash upon us? Where has it been determined that drowning in everyone else’s expectations is righteous? Please show me where it’s acceptable to live our lives clinging to the rocky cliffs of the well intentioned.

When will we truly let go and trust the tides and swells of our own magnitude? It’s in our nature to be submerged in peace and love not anger and hate. The day we decide to hurl ourselves off the cliff riddled with blame and hate and dive into the refreshing weightless pool of responsibility and respect our lives will change. We will begin to swim in the limitless ocean of creative discovery. We will float in an endless sea of unlimited potential. Our lives will mirror the magnificent ideas and affirmative thoughts that pour from our minds.

It first starts with trust. Trust in yourself; trust in a power greater than you are. Trust in the idea that you deserve the best that life has to offer. Eventually that trust grows into Faith and in your Faith you will see a real change occur. Faith in something greater than your limited ideas of yourself; in the untapped potential you haven’t even seen yet. Faith is when you believe in something you can’t see, but you know exists.

For example, we can’t see love; it is invisible, yet very real. We experience the residual effect of love all the time, but we can’t see the cause of it; we just know it exists through feelings and experiences. The same thing with Peace, Joy and Abundance; they aren’t tangible material things and yet we ache to have them.

Peace, Love, Joy and Abundance are all states of being and in order to want them, we must have experienced them at one time or another. If we never experienced them, we wouldn’t even know they existed. But fortunately we know the Truth. It is in our nature to Love and it is in our nature to live in Peace. When we come from Unconditional Love and Complete Peace the Universe can’t help but say yes to us.

My your day be filled with so much Love it radiates from every cell of your body and may Peace permeate every place you go~ Thanks for checking out my blog and reading my ramblings!