Perfection over the illusion, Part 4: I am a master, not a victim

This is part 4 of a five-part blog post. If you haven’t already, please go back and read parts 1, 2, and 3.

Here are more phrases, thoughts, and understandings that I’ve used over the years to master my mind and thus master my life. They have helped me create a life full of peace, joy, and empowerment.

4) There is no insufficiency in me. I will get past this. This will all work out for me. I am a master, not a victim.

When you feel down and out and disempowered, you basically feel inadequate and unworthy deep down at your core. You also feel that there isn’t anything that you can do to bring yourself out of it. But, in fact, you are never given a challenge that you can’t overcome. It’s only your thinking about your situation that makes you feel stuck or helpless. 

You are not a victim. You are a Master. “I am not a victim; I AM a Master.” Keep repeating this to yourself because it is absolutely true. This is what being a master is really all about. When you believe all things are possible and then allow yourself to calm down, take a few breaths, and quiet your mind, inspirations and new perspectives come to you. Consequently, you are moved to take “right actions.”

5) When I awaken tomorrow, no matter what comes my way, I am more than adequate to handle it. I will find all of the solutions through my objectivity and my own inner spiritual power.

You are a very powerful spiritual being who has come forth to embody the gifts and strengths that are who you really are. Claim your divinity and your strength. Know without out a doubt that you are a master of your life and a powerful, creative soul. By stepping back from the fears and insecurities of your ego mind and witnessing them objectively rather than getting all caught up in their drama, you can, in that objective place of silence and meditation, find solutions to all your “problems” and reclaim your power. You are a powerful, empowered, and empowering soul.

6) I am a divine spirit.  I have everything that is needed.

You truly are a divine spirit having a human experience. You are here to learn love, give love, receive love, and become love.  Within you, you have all the wisdom and resources to create the best possible life for yourself.

You are made in His/Her Image. You are a co-creator with God/Goddess of your reality. God/Goddess is infinite potential and all He/She asks of you to believe in and listen to your eternal, infinite, ever-resourceful Self. By doing so you can then embody and manifest all the potential that is within you. Everything is possible, if you believe that to be so.

You are a chip off the old holographic block called God/Goddess. Why not begin to fully claim your birthright and become who you really are—a creator of goodness and god-ness?

7) Know without a doubt that your fears and insecurities are not your true self. Your true self is totally integrated and totally capable of handling everything over time in the right way and at the right time. With enough patience you can accomplish all that you came to accomplish.

When you feel inadequate, fearful, disconnected, or like a victim, you are identifying with your “little self,” that part of you that has forgotten who it really is and what you are really capable of. Everything is possible for you. You can do it. You can truly know what you came to fulfill and then accomplish it all in this lifetime.

To be continued in Part 5….

Perfection over the illusion, Part 3

Raise your energies, raise your thoughts

This is part 3 of a five-part blog post. If you haven’t already, please go back and read parts 1 and 2.

Be a master of mind rather than mastered by your mind.
Zen saying

I’d like to begin by sharing with you a number of phrases, thoughts, and understandings that I have used over the years. They have created a great deal of peace, joy, and empowerment in my life. I will also share what they mean to me and how I use them.

1) Today I am going to create a day of peace and harmony.

You get to set the tone for your day. If you wake up grumpy and unfocused, you will attract more of the same. But if, when you wake up, you set a clear intention that you are looking to create peace and harmony in your day, guess what? Peace and harmony are what you will mostly experience.

So upon awakening, rather than allowing for random thoughts and feelings to enter, instead, clearly focus on peace and harmony and then think, feel, and imagine that the events coming up in your day are filled with peace and harmony. As well, during the day create periodic reminders that help you remember that above all other things, peace and harmony are what you want to experience this day.

The more you do this, the easier it gets and the better and more intentional your life becomes.

2) I can look at these things going on in my life now and say, “I am in charge here and can be in a place of profound peace.”

No matter what you are experiencing, know that you are not a “victim of circumstances,” but a master of your life. You get to make the “best” of any and every situation you are in and you get to choose how you feel about what you are experiencing. You can make lemonade out of lemons. You can see the highest good and the divine plan in it all. You are a master.

3) Don’t fall out of agreement with what is happening in your life, because when you do, you create a lot of emotional turmoil and resistance.

What you resist persists! 

Embracing who you are and where you are in your life presently is the quickest cure for tension and anxiety and for resolving those very issues that you wish were not in your life. 

Where you are is where you are.

To deny it or try to push it away only creates more of it. As you honestly face and then embrace the situation you have created, you can then let go of it enough to step back from it to see the bigger picture and get a broader perspective.

By stepping back in this way and giving some “space” to the situation, you can and will be inspired to take the right action that will lead to the highest good for all involved. This will help you to transmute the energies of what you don’t want into what you do want. In other words, by doing this you will see “outside the box” and thus be led to empowered solutions.

As Albert Einstein said, “you can’t solve a problem at the level it was created.”  You must see the bigger picture by seeing the situation with the eyes and heart of your Soul. You must quiet the fearful ego mind and all the drama it creates and instead listen to your grounded, wise Soul.

I’ll continue this list in my next post, Part 4 of this series.

Perfection over the illusion, Part 2

Master your mind, master your life

This is part 2 of a five-part blog. If you haven’t already, please go back and read part 1.

So, let’s begin with the following questions:

  • What creates your reality?
  • What creates your experiences?
  • Who or what gives them meaning?

Answer: You and only you do! If you resolve to have a different reality, you will experience a different reality.

So, how do you resolve to have a different reality? 

You do so by observing the thoughts and understandings you have about yourself, your life, and your experiences and then you consciously and intentionally choose thoughts and interpretations that place everything in the best light. You seek to see the highest good in every situation. You seek to see yourself and the events in your life from a God/Goddess perspective.

As well, you very carefully, lovingly, and honestly observe what your beliefs about life are and what you expect from life. And if any of that is anything less than what you ideally want, you change it.

In other words, get quiet for a minute or so now and sincerely ask yourself: Is the Universe a friendly and supportive place or a neutral and heartless one, or is it “out to get me?”  What do you really believe?  

This is really worth taking a few minutes to sit quietly with and meditate on. It can and will make a world of a difference for you if you honestly and lovingly look at what you feel. So, please do so before reading on.

Your underlying core belief about what kind of a Universe you live in has a huge impact on what you experience in your life. Usually this question is unexamined, but I can assure you that it is extremely important to consider.

Over the years I have come up with numerous phrases, thoughts, and understandings that have helped me to raise my thoughts/energies around everything that happens in my life. They have a world of a difference in my experience.

What I would like to do now is share some of these with you. These are ways I use to see the highest good in all situations and to do my best to see everything from a divine perspective.

You and only you get to give meaning or an interpretation to the experiences you have. What someone else thinks or believes about your experiences or about you doesn’t matter at all. All that matters is what you think or believe about yourself or your experiences. 

And, yes, you get to choose how to “see” the things that happen in your life. For myself, knowing that I get to choose how I interpret events is one of the most important lessons I have learned. Because of this awareness I have created a great deal of peace, joy, and empowerment in my life.

In my next blog post, Part 3, I will share a number of the phrases, thoughts, and understandings I have used over the years. I will also offer some commentary on what they mean to me and how I use them.

Perfection over the illusion, Part 1

Experience your life through the eyes, heart and light of your soul and not in the shadows of your ego. Become a master of your life.

In this series of five blog posts, I will explore the concept that “we shape and create our reality and experiences by the thoughts we focus on.” As well, I will give advice on how to master the thoughts that we have and thus create the life we want.

Usually we are quite unaware of the predominant thoughts we have. Also, we usually are unaware of the worldview and general belief systems we hold.

Most people, without questioning, just follow the dominant thought patterns and worldview of their culture, country, or family. There is little reflection about the beliefs they hold or the way they look at themselves and others. 

Their worldview has been passed down for generations or it is a mish-mash of corporate-fed faux “facts” that are often very disconnected from reality and are really just selling something. Unfortunately, most people just follow along, never questioning the dominant cultural beliefs, their lives, their own beliefs, or themselves.

But as Socrates said: “The life unexamined is not worth living.”

It is a struggle and challenge to rise above the lowest-common-denominator thinking that is so dominant in our culture. As well, it is not easy for most people to see how much their thoughts affect their reality; and, as well, they don’t see that the way their ego or “little self” interprets events in their lives is rarely how their Soul interprets them.

Our ego mind is meant to be the servant of our Soul and not the other way around. Our Soul is meant to be in the driver’s seat of our lives, for it sees the whole picture and understands the context and purpose for all that we experience. We are meant to live a life filled with inspiration and revelation, not one filled with perspiration and frustration.

Learning how to get out of your head/mind and live instead from your heart and soul can be a challenge. I have found that living an authentic and empowered life can never be achieved if I solely identify myself with my ego and with the “things” in my life. I must instead come to know my Self, that is, my higher Self; then I can live an empowered and passionate life that springs forth from the depths of my Soul and heart and is filled with life-sustaining, creative, vibrant energies.

There is a great depth and breadth to this “gift of life” that we have all been blessed with and it is only through mastering our minds and opening our hearts that we can access a fulfilled, authentic, and empowered life.

In Parts 2 through 5, I’ll share a series of techniques I have learned to master my own mind. By learning to master my mind I have begun to live as an empowered, authentic person and not as a victim. I trust that you will find these techniques and the reflections about them of value on your path up the mountain of your own Self-Mastery.

This is part 1 of a five-part blog.

Intuitive intelligence, Part 2: More fun intuitive tuning-in techniques

This is part 2 of a two-part blog. If you haven’t already, please go back and read part 1.

Here are some more fun intuitive “tuning in” techniques.

If you want to know when a certain event will occur, create three circles that represent different time frames and then see which one lights up when you quiet your mind and focus on the situation. For example, one circle can represent one month from now, another six months from now, and another circle one year from now.

When you need a Yes or No answer to a situation, just posit a big screen in your mind’s eye and then see which word, YES or NO pops up when you think about the situation.

Don’t think when you do this. Let it all be spontaneous. No thinking allowed in this process.

If you want to get a feel for the veracity or intensity of a situation, just visualize a dial that goes from zero to 100 and then see what number comes up when you focus on the situation or the individual. Zero would mean that there is no truth to what you are focusing on and 100 would mean it is totally true.

If you are hiring someone, meeting someone new, or dating someone, and you’re trying to get a sense of whether this relationship will work out in the long-term, then create the image of three different people in your mind. Each of these three will represent either: (1) a person who is totally inappropriate, (2) someone who is fair to middling or (3) exactly the person you are looking for. Use real people you know who fit these categories to represent these three images. Then bring up the individual who you want to get a “read” on in your mind’s eye and see whose face of the three images pops into your mind first. This will help you to discern if you can trust or commit to them.

Another technique to use if you want to know more about a person you meet is to visualize the person as a child. How do they look: their demeanor, their stature, their clothing, the look on their face, the setting you see them in, the people or animals that surround them, etc. All of this tells you about their past and how they experienced it.

As well, you can peer into a person’s future by visualizing the person as an older person. As above, how do they look: their demeanor, their stature, their clothing, the look on their face, the setting you see them in, the people or animals that surround them, etc. All of this gives you a hint about what the trajectory of their life looks like now.

You can, of course, do the same for yourself. You can revisit your past and see who you’ve been. It’s often quite revealing and helpful to “sense” into what your childhood was like and how far you have come since then. We often choose not to remember much about our past. As well, you can peer into the future to see where the choices you are making in your life now are leading you.

This is all meant to be fun and a way to use your intuitive intelligence to give you a better sense of yourself and others. This will give you the inside-edge on people and situations.

I’ve taught at least a thousand people these techniques and their lives have been significantly transformed, empowered, and enriched by using them.  Give it a try.

Intuitive intelligence, Part 1: Have the inside edge in all you do

Intuition is not a no-brainer; actually, it’s a right brain function. It follows a logic, albeit a logic that’s different from left brain’s. And neuroscience has found that intuition physically exists in the emotional part of the forebrain. So follow the feeling. You can learn how to access and use your “intuitive intelligence”—the essence of your emotional wisdom—and put it into action.

Our right brain or our intuitive intelligence process information by seeing the bigger picture and then deducing; our left brain focuses on details and it measures and analyzes. For example, the right brain goes up a hill, looks down at a passing train, and takes in the whole picture. It sees where the train came from and where it is heading. The left brain stands beside the tracks and counts the number of train cars and takes note of their shape and size. We need both kinds of information. Yet by the time we’re in high school, most of us have had over 18,000 hours of left-brain training and very little right-brain training.

The left brain works with the language of words, the right brain with the language of pictures. By using pictures, we can create a right-brain language that helps us get a read on a situation or person in an instant without analyses or left-brain logic. A picture is worth a thousand words. We can learn how to create this pictographic, intuition-based language.

For example, “see” or imagine a person as a car. What do you see or feel about them as you do this? Follow what you see. Trust the impressions and feelings you get. Is the person a shiny, new, yellow Porsche or an old, beat-up Volkswagen Beetle? That tells you something about them, doesn’t it? Then go inside the car and see how neat and clean it is or isn’t. That tells you something about them, too. Trust the impressions you receive.  As you keep exploring other parts of the car, the trunk, under the hood, etc., you will be surprised at how much information you pick up about the person.

Another technique: if you want to look into the future or the past for this person or for yourself, just visualize a car and imagine it in the past or future. What does it look like now?

Have fun playing with this technique. For example, as well, check out what’s in the glove compartment and in the back seat. You’ll be amazed at what you find there, what you can learn about yourself and others, and how accurate this can be.

In my next blog post I will share more fun intuitive “tuning in” techniques.

This is part one of a two-part blog.

“To Do” lists: Take your nose off the grindstone and smell the roses

For many years I was proud of the long (actually very long) “to do” lists that I carried around with me and used to structure my life and give it meaning and purpose. I felt proud of myself for how good I became at creating the lists and getting everything on them done. And I was proud that I always had lots of “things to do, places to go, and people to see.” I was really Goooood! Or at least that’s what I thought.

Over time I finally began to realize that what I was “doing” fit Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

I was a bit slow to get the point, but one day I finally stopped running around like an idiot enough to reflect on my lifestyle.

I saw that I had a “to do” list that was very, very long and my desk was stacked with huge chaotic piles of papers. It looked rather ridiculous. When I looked at the absurdity on my poor desk, I was actually quite appalled. It was quite the sight to behold.

How did I finally see the light? I would occasionally lose my precious “to do” list and then I would have to start another. In creating the new list, I would completely forget some of the things I’d had on the lost list. Eventually, I would find the original list underneath a huge pile of papers on my desk and realize, “Oh my, I didn’t do ten of those things on the old list.” At that point I’d also realize that there was only maybe one item of the ten that had really been important, and even that item didn’t matter anymore. Eventually I noticed this pattern and the message sank in.

I decided to stop making a “to do” list and to trust that I would remember to do what really had to be done and other items would be left behind. I would somehow intuitively know what was necessary and in what order. What needed attention would always appear in the foreground of my awareness and be taken care of and all the rest would fade away into the background.

I learned to use inspiration rather than perspiration to get things done. I took my nose off the grindstone and learned to smell the roses. I now get more done, but have more fun doing what really matters, and I even have more time to relax.

So, reflect on how you get things done and adjust, if need be. Learn to trust that you have an internal guidance system, your intuition, that knows how to get things done a lot more effectively and efficiently than your ego mind does.

Life is not a race. Proceed at the speed of grace.

Living as a vibrational being, Part 4: Living with greater compassion

So, let’s look more closely at what was going on energetically in the situations in the previous blog post.

Each of the people in these situations has their own energy signature. Imagine for a moment what was happening energetically as you sat at your desk while all this was going on. Your energetic body was feeling the waves of energy moving towards you well before they reached you. When the waves arrived, you sensed not only the force of the energy of the individuals involved, but, as well, you energetically experienced their thoughts and feelings. All these vibrations, negative and positive, came towards you and you experienced them on a vibrational level.

The only problem with all this was that you were not conscious of what you were “picking up” on energetically because you were not looking for it. You were not sensing it. So, you were very vulnerable to being drained. 

As a vibrational being, your energy body has a reaction to these energetic forces coming towards you. This is where your ability to make choices comes into play. Often when energy comes at us that is forceful and of a lower vibration, we usually unconsciously match the vibration we are receiving in order to reach a balance with the “invading” energy. So, in other words, when situations like the ones described above occur, we send out an emotional energy, consciously or unconsciously, in order to accommodate the new vibration we are receiving.

The difficulty with all this is that we often tend, out of habit, to match the lower energies instead of rising above them. We often take the “low road” instead of taking the “high road.”  We default into the lowest common denominator.

But we are very capable of adapting to situations in a way that chooses the highest energies. We can learn over time that we do not have to match the lower, forceful vibrations of others, but we can instead hold a vibration that is in balance and in harmony. This comes with practice and by being very energetically conscious of what is going on.

So, to accomplish this, you need to be very intentional and conscious in how you choose to respond to the energies of situations and people. You can let the lower energies simply pass through you instead of allowing them to “stick” to you. You can keep your vibration high by being conscious of the energetic dynamics of the situation you are in.

You can now integrate this “way of being” into all the interactions in your life. Understanding the energy dynamics in your life is the key to your full awakening and happiness. As well, you can also assist others with their own spiritual growth if you open your heart, trust your feelings and understand the energetic dynamics between you and others.

Additionally, as you open to being a vibrational being, a dramatic shift will occur because you will gain greater compassion for people. When you view the energy involved in a situation it will become less and less about what “he said, she said” or “me and them” or “right and wrong” and more about sensing the energy of the situation you are in.

We can help remove the confusion and judgments in our life by living as the vibrational beings that we really are. Then we’ll know what is in fact going on and will truly live an authentic and empowered life.

There is a Light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all,

beyond the heavens, beyond the highest heavens.

This is the Light that shines in our hearts.
 Chandogya Upanishad

This is the fourth and final part of a four-part blog.

Living as a vibrational being, Part 3: Choose your vibration; choose your experience.

(This is part 3 of a 4-part blog.)

In this blog post I offer examples of a series of situations that I feel could be instructive to help you to learn how to shift your way of perceiving and experiencing your world into a more energetic or vibrational way of being. Actually, learning how to “feel” your way through life rather than think your way through life can be very practical as well as liberating.

Here is a real-world example: You routinely walk into your place of work one morning and sit down at your desk and begin your normal work regimen. Within a minute or so a co-worker comes up to you and starts to very negatively complain about the boss and she just won’t stop. She is very intense and totally preoccupied. There is no stopping her, you can’t get a word in edgewise.

As this is going on, you have a choice to either join your co-worker in her vibrations of negativity and anger by joining in the conversation or you can step back and instead do your best to neutrally witness her behavior. Rather than getting caught up in the same negative vibrations which will only drain you and bring you down—no matter how justified they may seem—you can choose to hold a higher vibration and stay out of the fray. Or you can join in and get all riled up and expend and waste a lot of misdirected energies.

Now to continue the saga, a few minutes after the first co-worker leaves another co-worker comes by and starts ragging very negatively about the person you were just talking to. As this begins to happen, again, you have a choice to either join him in his vibrations of negativity and jealousy towards her or you can simply let him blow of some steam for a few minutes and then go back to work. He can either become a significant part of your experience that day or the experience with him is simply just a passing blip on your screen.

Next, he leaves and you finally get back to your work only to discover that your computer is frozen and you can’t get any work done. So, again, you have a choice to either get all bent out of shape about it and choose a series of negative currents of energy to jump into—victimhood, being overwhelmed, anger, etc.; or you can choose to accept what is happening as part of the flow of what working with computers is all about and simply get someone to fix the computer while you get some other work done.

If the above examples don’t exactly apply to you, I’m sure that you have had similar ones happen at times.

As vibrational beings we choose the vibration that we resonate with. It’s all a choice. We can choose to be conscious and intentional with regard to the energies we engage with and focus on or not.

Please note that if you had chosen to get all embroiled in the “drama” of the above three scenarios, you would have felt drained and exhausted within the first half-hour of your work. On the other hand, if you had stayed centered and in a high vibration, you would be fresh, clear and sharp and full of energy for the rest of the day.

We either attune ourselves to the highest energies; or we don’t. Our environment doesn’t determine our experiences; what we chose to focus on does.

We choose the vibration we resonate with by virtue of what we focus on. We see what we are looking at and what we are looking for. It’s all about vibration and where we focus our attention. It’s all a choice.

We can evolve into conscious creators; that is, the conscious choosers of the vibrations/energies we interact with.

This is the evolutionary path we are on. And as we develop the “heart-mind” that White Eagle speaks of, we accelerate our growth and enhance and enrich our experiences of life. It’s all an inside job!

When you have learned to think with your heart instead of with your brain,

you will have taken a great step forward.

The humanity of the future will think with the heart-mind,

for intuition is the next sense which will be developed in humankind.

This is the third part of a four-part blog.

Living as a vibrational being, Part 2: We are intuitive beings first

(Please read part 1 if you haven’t yet.)

Everyone is capable of learning to interpret and “pick up” on energy and to connect to the universal energies, if they wish. This is not only the province of psychics, mystics, healers and the divinely ordained and gifted ones. Actually, we are all evolving in this direction. It’s part of our essential nature.It’s in our DNA.

White Eagle wrote, “When you have learned to think with your heart instead of with your brain, you will have taken a great step forward. The humanity of the future will think with the heart-mind, for intuition is the next sense which will be developed in humankind.”

We are coming full-circle. Actually, we have always been able to do this, but simply forgot. We put our ego and overly rational minds in charge and forgot that our minds are meant to be the servant of our Soul/Heart and not the other way around. 

We are intuitive beings first. We are not “talking heads.” We are “feeling hearts.”

Modern science has discovered that the human heart is 5,000 times magnetically stronger than the human brain and 100 times electrically stronger. As well, the heart senses first and then sends the signals/stimuli it senses to the brain.

In other words, who is your Master: your rational, logical, analytical ego mind with its false sense of superiority and delusions of grandeur or your heart or Soul who knows who you are and why you are here and can easily “pick up” on the more subtle energies? 

The logical mind cannot comprehend that which it is not.

You can only “feel into” who you are. You can’t “think into” who you are. The mind measures, analyzes, and judges things, thus it just skims the surface of what it is observing. The heart, on the other hand, “feels” and thus becomes “one with” its object of attention and thus knows it from within—from the inside out.  It “sees” and “feels” into the whole energy of what it places it attention on. It becomes its object of attention. It knows it.

So, from my point of view, we are here to “feel” our way through life rather than “think” our way through life.

In the Cloud of Unknowing we find: Only by love can God be beholden, not by thought.

This is the second part of a four-part blog.