Turn Off the News

sunrise photo scThe news media reports every day that we are in tough economic times and instills fear into our thinking. In the presence of fear our ideas shrink and opportunities seem to disappear. Fear stops the flow of good from coming into our lives.

Universal law states: Whatever we put our attention on increases. When we consciously change our inner thoughts, we see outward results. When we understand the spiritual laws of money, we can take dominion instead of feeling like a victim.

Eric Butterworth states, “There is only one way by which you can achieve prosperity. It is to take charge of our mind. You may be looking for some magic formula, some new metaphysical cliché that will change things. But if you want to change your life, you will have to alter your thoughts.”

Choose your thoughts and words carefully. Turn off the news. Walk away from negative energy. Create a gratitude list. Speak with good intention. Call a friend for support. Declare: I am willing to receive.

Photo courtesy of Sandra Charters

The Perfect Time for Love

Angel in GardenI spent many years thinking that if I prayed hard enough I could keep everyone I loved under God’s umbrella of safety and they would be spared sickness and death. If I was good enough, perhaps I would be exempt from sorrow and distress.

While we can’t control the conditions that create our experiences of life, we can manage how we see, think and feel. We can choose to love those that are near and to send love to those we hold in our hearts. Love heals what is hurting. Love helps us find peace when we don’t understand.

My heart breaks for those in Boston that were injured emotionally and physically. My soul mourns the loss of life and innocence. I am humbled to witness the courage and strength for those who were present.

What I know now is that life is an extraordinary journey where we experience pain and joy, suffering and peace, loss and love. This life is our chance to hug, kiss, praise, and rejoice with our beloveds while we are together in this brief moment of time. This is the perfect time to send love and to share love. Give love. Be love. Love.

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Ability to Respond

Sounds of SilenceIf I blame and accuse others, I feel helpless to change the circumstances around me. I’ve given away my power and ability to take action. If I take responsibility for the condition or circumstances then I can begin to change what I believe and think and eventually how I behave.

Responsibility is not about blaming ourselves. Responsibility is the ability to respond. It is the freedom to take action. It is the power to change. When we take responsibility, we face our fears and take steps to move past them.

Affirm: I am willing to take responsibility for my actions.

Ask and Ask Again

MayJune 2012 078When out to dinner recently, a friend asked if she could have the chicken heated on her BBQ chicken salad. “No” replied the employee. He didn’t say, “Sorry it’s against company policy,” “Not usually, but let me look into that,” or the correct answer, “Of course we can do that for you.” His reply was clear. No. So she asked the question again but the reply was still no. She rephrased the question and asked again. Finally, seeing that my friend was not going to take no for an answer, he called and asked another employee who said, “Sure, I can do that.”

What fascinated me more than the disturbing lack of customer service, was my friend’s persistence in asking for what she wanted. Three times. She was never rude or arrogant, but politely continued asking.

Simple but powerful reminder of what is available to us every day.

“Ask and it shall be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be open to you.” Matthew 7:7

Divine Love Prospers

WaterfallAs long as we think there is something more to do or be or have, we live in lack.

When we accept right where we are, at this moment right now, we open ourselves for the universal good to flow to us and through us. When we live in the moment, we live in love.

From Catherine Ponder, “Divine Love is doing its perfect work here and now. Divine Love harmonizes, Divine Love adjusts, Divine Love prospers and foresees everything and richly provides every good thing right here and now. Divine Love is now victorious.”

Patience, Grasshopper

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I was talking with a friend over the weekend and she was sharing about her new job and new home. She was very grateful for this sudden turn around in her life. I reminded her that this was similar to when people say that an actor or actress was an ‘overnight’ success. There was nothing overnight about it. It was long journey of hard work, patience and dedication. It always seems overnight because when good happens it is sudden and profound.

The same is true of our spiritual journey. It is so important to stay connected to our spiritual practice, intentions and purpose. The Good that we desire is coming…it may not happen on our timeline but it absolutely is on God’s time.

Patience, grasshopper.