Saturday, July 30, 2011

The New Paradigm

I just completed an amazing six week teleconference class with Lynne McTaggart. Her books are worth reading - if you're not a reader, consider the audio version. I'm an advocate of listening and/or reading ideas that will help to change your thoughts and guide you to changing your life. If you're going through a rough patch, marinate yourself in higher consciousness teachings. Play a CD or MP3 of one of the many teachers that I have talked about - Jacob Glass, Abraham, Katie Byron, Lynne McTaggart and others. It will shift your perspective.

We simply must take responsibility for the thoughts we think in order to change our lives and change our world. We get involved in doing a million different tasks during the day until we fall over exhausted at the end of the night - then we wonder why our lives aren't changing. You must put yourself first if only for 5 minutes in the morning. Write lists of appreciation, how you want your day to be, where you got it right (it's so easy for us to focus on where we got it wrong). Deconstruct your disturbing thoughts by writing down beliefs in one column, and then in another column where you got those beliefs. You might be surprised about what you've been carrying around. Beliefs that you don't even believe! - And yet they are a creative force in our lives. Like the woman who cut off the end of the roast before putting it in the oven. When she asked her mother why they always did that, her mother had no good answer. She finally asked her grandmother who said, "I don't know why you girls do it. I did it because my roasting pan was too small to fit the whole roast." Where do our thoughts about our self worth, what we deserve, and what we seem to continually deny ourselves come from? Get them out of your thought generator. They are simply not true.

Lynne McTaggart is convinced that we as humans were not meant to be small, selfish and self serving. We were meant to "share, care and be fair." She is predicting a new paradigm of changes that come from the powerful thrust of group intentions. The change in our world is not going to come from the top down - as evidenced by all the political machinations and media corruption - the change will come from the strength of our focused intention, singly and in groups. As the Talmud so eloquently puts it, "A light for one is a light for a hundred."

I cannot stress it more strongly - question your thoughts, question your thoughts, question your thoughts! What we think affects our world. We are number one cause in our lives, unequivocally. You can never blame anything outside yourself. It's time to think differently. It's time to get what you want out of life while extending a hand to another - it simply feels fantastic! We hold ourselves back by the beliefs we hold on to and they create our lives; and yet we don't understand why we cannot change our circumstances. It then reinforces our beliefs in being a victim, which then becomes self fulfilling. The more we think and say, "that always happens to me" or "it figures" or "knowing my luck," the more we reinforce it. We have a compliant Universe that consistently delivers our beliefs. As the Buddhists say, "become mindful." Don't let your thoughts run amok with untruths and beliefs that make you unhappy. Take small steps, penguin steps by changing the words that you use on a daily basis. Lets deconstruct the barriers to our good. 

The world is changing simply because we are changing.  Let go of the beliefs that have you "creating with monotonous regularity the patterns of your past," and begin to live the life that you deserve. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Amazing Power

We have the ability to change our lives through our beliefs, which are just thoughts we keep thinking. No surprise, right? We know that intellectually, but practicing it is another story. And yet, it's one of the most important things we can do in this lifetime and it can be argued that that is the very reason we are here. We are spiritual beings living a physical experience. The power we possess to alter our lives and create peace, happiness and joy is limitless. Scientists tell us that we only use a fraction of our brain. Who knows what more we can do with this physical apparatus, not to mention what we are capable of as we incorporate more of our spiritual selves into our lives.

I am currently taking a class with Lynne McTaggart, author of The Bond, The Field and The Power of Intention. If you get off on scientific data and studies that substantiate spiritual phenomena, then she's your girl. She has done wide spread study herself, and has investigated countless studies that back how our powerful thoughts can supercede the physical. Even our DNA plays second fiddle to our thoughts. We communicate constantly with the power that creates worlds - call it what you will - God, the Universe, the Field, our Higher Self, the Quantum Web or the Divine - it responds to what we think, feel and emit. Words are secondary, though they hold energy, our thoughts and our emotions are the vibrations to which that field responds. as A Course In Miracles states, we create what we think about, wanted or unwanted. Lynne says we are "leaky buckets" that constantly send out signals. That is why, as Ernest Holmes says, "We create with monotonous regularity the patterns of our past." Why? Because we are habitual thinkers and we focus too much on reality. We allow reality to dictate our lives because, after all, it's true, real and concrete, right? Wrong. Not entirely. We base reality on our five senses and on a past that we decide is true. Yet we forget that there is another, perhaps stronger, reality in play - an emotional, vibrational and energetic reality.

If you don't like what you are attracting, make a conscious, concerted effort to change your beliefs, question your thoughts and move yourself into a better feeling place step by step. As thinking, creative human beings we have the ability to offer a vibration that is different from what we are observing. Reality does not have to be the dictator of our lives, especially if we don't like the reality that we are living. This is powerful stuff and yet it takes practice - as one of my teachers (Terry Cole Whittaker) used to say, "It takes a lot of work to live an effortless life." But we can do it, especially as our awareness becomes more acute - you will become less tolerable of misery.

Some time back, I was having a conversation with my best friend - an advocate of baby steps -  and I told him that I was proceeding in steps even smaller than baby steps, "I am moving in penguin steps." Those critters walk as if they have their pants down around their ankles and yet they traverse continents, and so can we. One penguin step at a time is all it takes to change thoughts that have us living circumstances that are unwanted. We are one hundred percent at cause in our lives. Once we fully understand that we become a powerful source for change.

I've offered lots of tools, teachers and books that can assist you in taking those small steps. Check out my resources here. Become mindful. Question your thoughts. Have the courage to be happy - it is not vapid, without contemplation or lacking erudite thought, quite the opposite. It is perhaps the most important thing you can do for your life and for others.

In keeping with our penguin stepping theme, here is a video of some mighty powerful, amazing birds who achieved the seemingly impossible.