Friday, March 20, 2015

Is Your Body Your Friend?

Our biggest ally and supporter in life is our body.  It is the physical platform by which we accomplish things in life. When we align it with the present moment, and with our goals, values, and love, we create a solid foundation for success.
Sadly, our concept of something or someone being beautiful is grounded in a belief system that promotes judgment and duality. We let the external standards of youthful beauty and attractiveness define us as we buy into the false images the media and society tell us is the ideal body.  In this case, beauty depends on something being identified as ugly.
Our body is a living, intelligent, dynamic creation.  It supports our well-being when we make choices that honor it, not debase it.  It is our friend, willing and able to do what we ask of it. Why would we treat it as anything less?
Celebrate that you have this trusted friend with you at all times. Our body does not lie.
Consider the following quotes:
Here in this body are the sacred rivers: here are the sun and moon as well as all the pilgrimage places...I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.  Saraha
Our body is precious.  It is our vehicle for awakening.  Treat it with care.  Buddha
There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.  Elizabeth A. Behnke
The body is a multilingual being.  It speaks through its color and its temperature, the flush of recognition, the glow of love, the ash of pain, the heat of arousal, the coldness of nonconviction. . . . It speaks through the leaping of the heart, the falling of the spirits, the pit at the center, and rising hope.  Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs
It is amazing how many hints and guides and intuitions for living come to the sensitive person who has ears to hear what his body is saying.  Rollo May
The body always leads us home . . . if we can simply learn to trust sensation and stay with it long enough for it to reveal appropriate action, movement, insight, or feeling.  Pat Ogden
For every thought supported by feeling, there is a muscle change.  Primary muscle patterns being the biological heritage of man, man's whole body records his emotional thinking.  Mabel Ellsworth Todd
Your emotions are your inner guidance system.  They alone will let you know whether you are living in an environment of biochemical health or in an environment of biochemical distress.  Understanding how your thoughts and your emotions affect every single hormone and cell in your body, and knowing how to change them in a way that is health-enhancing, gives you access to the most powerful and empowering health-creating secret on earth.  Christiane Northrup
Being in touch with our bodies, or more accurately, being our bodies, is how we know what is true.  Harriet Goldhor Lerner
To connect with our bodies is to learn to trust ourselves, and from that comes power.  Mirka Knaster

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Shift I Am Not To I Am

The I am not or the I can't mentality is not uncommon.  Throughout life we've been through a conditioning process that's created this sort of mind-set.  You didn't win that contest, and you think I am not talented. You were criticized, and you think I am not good enough.  You failed a test, and you think I am not smart.  You are faced with a challenge, and you think I can't do this.
Each time you think I am not this or I can't do that, you block the inherent creative force you were born to use.
Overcoming this mentality requires reconstructing your I Am statements.  The words I am are much more than a pronoun married to a state-of-being verb.  They define who we are and what we are capable of, and they are holy expressions for the name of God (remember when God spoke to Moses, announcing his name as I am that I am?).  I am is the highest aspect of yourself; it is your Divine Self.  Take care which descriptors you use after I am, or you will negate your Divine nature.
When it comes to reconstructing your I am statements, it's important to practice using words to define yourself only in ways that are compatible with your highest self, and then the unseen forces of the universe will conspire to supply you with the happiness, love, and success you've imagined.  Begin to focus your attention on the words that follow the sacred I am.  This is key to releasing the creative force within.
If you've been saying I am incapable, stop! This is self-sabotaging. You ARE capable. Shift to I am capable.  If you've been thinking I am not lucky in love, shift to I am love. Reword your inner world for this is a beginning step to accessing the assistance of your higher self.  You want what follows I am to be congruent with your higher self; this alignment will synchronistically invite the guidance you need.
Overcoming the I am not mentality begins with trusting your inner world of spirit, where there are no boundaries and where all things are possible.
Try it for yourself.  Think of some things that you would like to define your life. Then shift from I am not or I am hoping to to a strong, heart-felt I AM, and let me know what happens.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Imagineering" Your Life

Walt Disney used the term "imagineering" when it came to creating his world-known theme parks. It's a belief that permeates everything that his company does. These imagineers are the creative force behind the fairy tale castles, the thrilling amusement rides, and the spectacular fireworks displays.

To be an imagineer, one must use his or her imagination to engineer life experiences that reveal and release the higher/authentic self.

It's about making magic by pushing the boundaries of creativity, innovation, and possibility to create the life we want.

The greatest gift we were ever given was the gift of imagination. Within that magical realm is the capacity to manifest our dreams. The poet William Blake writes, "What is now proved was once only imagin'd." This is the basis for imagineering. This is the secret to living a life of creative manifestation. As Blake's nugget of wisdom sinks into your consciousness, your imagination will begin to take over.

One look around will show you that everything you experience with your senses was once in someone's imagination. In order for things to exist, or to be proved, as Blake says, they must first be placed firmly into your imagination. Without imagination, creativity stops. Spiritual leaders have known this through the centuries. And today, the world of quantum physics confirms that the universe is made of formless energy, and that particles (matter, things) do not originate from other particles; they spring from something invisible, something akin to our imagination. It transcends the boundaries of our senses, and it can't be proven mathematically or verified scientifically. Yet it exists. We know we have an imagination.

All we have to do is to take charge of it.

If we are to advance confidently in the direction of our dreams, as Henry David Thoreau instructs, we must understand that using our imagination involves more intensity than just imagining the occasional wishful thought. This involves unlearning some of the ways we have squandered or misused the capacity that our imagination has to advance us in the direction of our dreams. We've used it to develop mental habits that hold us back.

We can change those habits by developing a new mindset. We do this by remembering that our imagination is ours and ours alone to use in any way that we choose. No one else is responsible for our imagination, and anything we place in it and hold there ultimately becomes our reality.

The imagineer does not misuse his or her imagination. Instead, the imagineer stresses what s/he wants, not what s/he doesn't want. The imagineer never imagines what it is that s/he doesn't wish to have as his or her reality. Energy flows where attention goes.

The imagineer does not allow the imagination to be contaminated by ideas about how life used to be. S/He uses positive "I am" statements instead of "I am not" statements. The imagineer has developed a healthy self-concept. S/He has replaced old ideas of I can't help it, It's my nature, I've always been that way with I am capable, I am strong, I am healthy, I am happy. Imagineers completely heed St. Germain's words, "I AM the Conquering Presence! I command this I AM Presence to govern perfectly my mind, home, affairs and world." The words "I AM" are our sacred identification as our Higher Self, and the imagineer knows this.

The imagineer doesn't allow the current conditions of life to restrict the imagination. The imagineer knows the imagination is unlimited and does not opt for an ordinary level of living. The imagineer is a bold thinker, changing such thoughts as I will one day be in a better place to In my mind I am where I intend to be. S/He invites and trusts the mysterious unseen world of Spirit to guide him or her by creating an atmosphere of allowing it in without pushing it.

The imagineer is adamant about the imagination being a private sacred inner space. S/He speaks to it with reverence and stays in a constant state of gratitude.

With imagineering, there are no limits. Are you brave enough to give it a try?