How do I know if my inspirations are coming from God from my own thought? A client asked me this great question recently.
There is a point of surrender on our spiritual journey where we know that the essence of who we are is much greater than the flesh body and more immense than our limiting thinking. When we connect with the infinite presence of God we understand there is but one power, one presence, one life. We are not separate from God’s Presence but one with it.
We know that all activity, ideas, opportunities, come from God. One way to deepen this experience is the practice of gratitude. Every time we give thanks for something good, we acknowledge our greater connection with God.
There is no magic to trusting our intuition. It is a continual practice to listen to insights that we have. One of the reason’s why the time we spend in silence is so precious. Intuition comes as a whisper and a quiet presence.
As we develop inner awareness, we are able to discern the difference between the ego wanting attention or the whisper of God’s wisdom. Silence is golden in so many ways!
Each of us is a walking field of energy made up of our thoughts, feelings and ideas. We can deplete energy with worry and fear, but we also have the power to direct the energy in our lives. Take the time to refocus your energy with these three Universal Laws:
Universal Law: Whatever I give out with love comes back to me multiplied.
Reach out and help someone else in need. A sense of expansion happens when you stop thinking about yourself and extend a helping hand to another. The good deeds and efforts that you share with others will come back to you multiplied.
Universal Law: Whatever I am grateful for increases.
Begin right where you are and put your attention on the things you are grateful for. Be grateful for new ideas, new opportunities and new relationships. Even the smallest seed of gratitude will grow and expand into possibilities you could never have imagined.
Golden Key: Focus on God and away from the problem.
Dr Emmett Fox, author, teacher and healer in the early 1900’s, developed the concept of The Golden Key. He taught that you turn the Golden Key by taking attention away from the problem and putting it on God instead. In other words, stop worrying about the problem and put your thoughts on God or your highest idea of Good in your life. When you do this, you will be amazed at how your mind clears and things begin working better and more easily and better than you thought possible.
We each make an impact on the collective energy field and on its results in our lives. Practice focusing on Universal Laws and see the difference.
“In God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27
The 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.
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I 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
If 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.
When 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