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Category Archives: Spirituality
Someone reminded me recently of the quote from, “A Course In Miracle’s” which says, “A miracle is a change in perception.
And boy was it good to be reminded of that.
After all, isn’t that what we are looking for? A change in our perception? We want to get rid of negativity in our lives, we want to forgive people, but how?
How exactly am I supposed to see that this is okay? How am I supposed to let this go? How am I supposed to deal with this person or this situation?
First off, understanding that when we have negative energy inside of us, it is ours, is a big step.
Often people will relate prayer with talking to God, and meditation with listening to God.
After our prayer time when we may voice a situation that we need help with, or we have asked direction, it is time to listen.
In order to listen, the mind needs to be quiet. Even if only for a few minutes. We need to practice meditation until we can get into a receptive state. Just sitting and listening. Just being there.
But then, let’s say that your mind does get quiet for a while. How can you tell if your answer is coming from God?
This is something that I have to remind myself of often as I move seemingly from one world to another.
I leave a death-bed where I am attempting to bring comfort to the person and the family, to go talk with someone who is very distraught because their child is in jail or their best friend overdosed and died last night.
An hour later I am laughing and playing in the water at the pool with my 9-year-old daughter.
And there is something inside me asking, “What the heck is going on here?”
Suddenly there was a vision.
I was atop a huge mountain seemingly on top of the world. I was sitting in the grass with my spine straight up and looking into the vast blue sky.
There was nothing in sight except the green grass and the blue sky.
And the wind was blowing strong on my face.
It was quite pleasant at first, but then a thought came in; “You have no control over this wind.”
The total beauty of mother nature washed over me, along with a feeling of complete powerlessness.
“It is kind of like life.” I said. “Sometimes you just don’t know if you are big enough or strong enough to do it.”
My friend immediately said, “You don’t have to be.”
She told me that when her daughter was younger, they lived next door to an elderly woman. The daughter, who was twelve, would go and visit the elderly neighbor a lot and over time had befriended her.
One day, the elderly friend passed away, and the little girl was asked to officiate the memorial.
You can focus on your breath, repeat a mantra, look at a candle flame or a spot on the wall, or you can listen to a guided meditation. Regardless of the technique that you use, the idea is to learn how to keep your focus and attention in one place for a length of time.
And this takes work.
When I began in meditation, I was using my breath. My initial goal was to watch my breath and count 25 breaths.
It is fascinating how we can re-direct our minds.
Doctor’s are now using virtual reality games on wounded soldiers. And it helps to take their minds off of their injuries and their pain.
If it can work on wounded soldiers, it should work on any problem that I may have. Often the things that can trouble me the worst are really not all that bad, or they are things that I have absolutely no control over.
It is a very simple idea. Just simply direct your mind away from whatever is troubling you. Your bills, the recent election, your relationship, whatever it is.
The biggest pit-fall in creating abundance in your life is not appreciating what you already have.
As Pastor Joel Osteen likes to say, “If you aren’t grateful or what you have, God is not going to give you more.”
We in the New Thought movement left behind a long time ago the idea that there is some man sitting on a throne somewhere up in Heaven who decides upon whether or not you are worthy.
You don’t have to be good. You don’t have to bargain and beg with the sky. You don’t have to do any of that, because what we are talking about here is Universal Law.
Every time I pedal out of the driveway I catch myself smiling. Because it truly feels like I am off.
Yes. Believe it or not, I don’t bring my phone on my bike rides most of the time, and so there will be no calls, texts, or e-mails coming in from anyone.
It is just me and God.
If something happens, or if somebody needs me, or if somebody needs to know right now if I can take this gig or not, then so be it. They will have to wait.
Often times on my rides I see pretty things or a pretty view and reach for my phone to take a picture of it, only to realize that the phone isn’t there.