Opening to the New

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“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”  Albert Einstein

Many of us are stuck in old thinking, old, unquestioned beliefs. Why do you think we fear the new, what’s different? Why do we close our minds? We might say in reply because you have to be careful. You don’t want to let anyone influence you in the wrong way. But sure this is happening all the time with the fear put out daily and repeatedly through the media, through various violent/abusive TV programmes and films and a lot of ads too – all these influence us and can have a strong negative effect. We don’t question these.
I think new ideas, new ways of seeing things, bring us out of our comfort zone. We equate discomfort with wrong and so we reject the new as ridiculous, way out, mad. In our comfort zone we feel what we would call security.
We do need to learn to discern carefully.

We also need to realise that we have an inner compass, our Higher Self, guiding us and helping us to know truth. Truth is something we know from within but it takes time to develop this ability. We need to practise discernment – use our conscious minds and common sense too.  If you have heard a new idea that you are wondering about but also doubtful about because it seems so different, then you can choose to take it on and try it out. As you live it discern the effects. Does it benefit you and others? Does it help you to understand more? What is the overall effect of it? Think about it, discern.

It is really good for us to ask ourselves, in our journaling time, such questions as –
Why do I believe/trust in all that I do believe to be true?
Does it feel ok for me to look at this question and to realise my world won’t fall down around me?
Why do we go along with what the majority believe as if it’s truth simply because so many go along with it?
I remember some years ago, reading The Grand Design by Patrick Francis. I would read a small part and then say ok that’s enough for me to digest for today. It was so different to how I understood reality to be at that time.  I was drawn to it. It did touch some fear/insecurity because it was so different but I realised that I could open my mind to this and take in what was ok for me and leave what was not and do it at my own pace. It was expanding my understanding of life. This was the first of many books on the way and now I can say how truly grateful I am for all I have learned and am learning. I love and welcome the new, new ideas and understanding and all we have the opportunity to discover.
Try this out over the next few weeks. Be aware of the ideas you dismiss easily. Ask yourself why you did and write about it. Look at the new ideas you hear that interest you and ask why they do and write about these. If you think they are worth following up, why not try living them to understand them more?

 

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Replacing Negatives with Positives

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Every time you feel judgement of another you can choose to go into your heart, tell yourself you do not wish harm to any other and just focus on love for yourself and the other.

Every time you feel tense [a very usual state of mind] you can choose to focus on peace. Think peace, feel peace. Build the soul energy of peace within.

When we build a Soul energy and call it in and replace anxiety and tension with peace, we begin to radiate that soul energy in our aura and out into the world.

You can choose to switch your attention from negative thoughts and to put your attention on love – thinking it, feeling it, building this Soul energy. It takes practice.

When you are with others and you find yourself concerned with what’s expected of you or what to talk about or such, you can choose to centre in your heart and love.

 

 

 

Personal Power 3

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We develop our personal power by claiming it and using it –

To choose the thoughts we allow into our minds and those we don’t allow.

To make conscious choices.

To be true to our Selves.

To set goals – for example to overcome an addiction, learn a new skill, volunteer. To set goals and stick to them. Never give up. If you fall down, pick yourself up and start over, forgiving yourself, believing in yourself, always loving and firm with yourself.

To make plans – daily plans. It’s important to plan leisure time, too, or that just gets frittered away and you don’t feel the benefit of it.

To set up routines and structures such as a time you go to bed and a time you get up, a time to journal, a time to meditate, a time to walk, charging your mobile in the same place at the same time each day, putting keys away in the same place.

To set boundaries such as no screens after 9pm; checking emails once or twice daily but not continuously, similarly with your mobile: to limit social media time.

To choose to start the day with an attitude of strength, focusing on this before you get out of bed in the morning.

To live a life of purpose, a purposeful life.

To keep on keeping on and never give up. To choose to learn and grow and improve and to give of your best and enjoy life.

Personal Power is an attitude.  You can choose to hold an attitude of strength or of weakness at any moment.

To develop your personal power you also need to frequently repeat personal power affirmations, with strong positive emotion [this is important] such as –

I am strong, powerful and potent.

I am 100% powerful and decisive in everything I do.

I am powerful, centred and loving at all times.

I am powerful.

I can do anything I set my mind to do.

I am emotionally invulnerable to other people’s negativity.  Other people’s negative energy washes off me like water off a duck’s back.

We all have power within us but we need to claim it and use it and use it for good.

One essential personal power practice is to develop the habit of putting a Golden Force Field of protection up around yourself before you get out of bed and anytime negativity is coming up in yourself or from other people. This is like clothing yourself with the energy of love and when you do this regularly and, especially when other people are being negative, it helps you to not react but to choose how you will respond.

Simply say to yourself I put up my Golden Force Field of Love around me and then visualise it and feel it.

 

Learn from the Past

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“Learn from the past, design the future and live in the Now.” Einstein

Learn from your past experiences. For example if your energy is low today, ask yourself why might that be and really think about what you did, ate, drank or didn’t, what was going on physically, psychologically, spiritually, everything about the day before. See if you can discover patterns that cause low energy in you or reactions of various kinds.

Don’t get stuck in regret – that drains your energy and wastes your life. Determine to learn, to grow, to be a better person.

Our mistakes can teach us and help us so much if we acknowledge them, allow no shame and journal about them so that we understand what the mistake can teach us.

We learn by making mistakes. Mistakes are positive. We aim not to make them but if we do, we love and forgive ourselves and seek to learn from them so that we can grow and improve.

Some mistakes we do make over and over because we are finding it difficult to change an old habit or pattern.

When we write about a repeated mistake in our journal and listen to what’s going on and why we keep making this mistake, we begin to understand why we are finding it such a challenge to change this pattern.

Some mistakes are, in our minds, very big, and we find it very difficult to forgive ourselves.  We are overcome by fear.  We get caught in self criticism and self abuse. This just keeps us stuck in fear and regret.

Many of us find it difficult to forgive any mistake we make and fall into self abuse and fear, even for the small mistakes.

This is the result of a faulty belief that we must measure up to the” never to be satisfied” standards of the critical inner parent who is always on our case, letting us know that we are never good enough, never worthy – that we must try to be perfect or we won’t be safe.

 

 

Never Give up

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If you run up against problems, difficulties, resistance as you are trying to create more structure, order and discipline– write about these in your journal. Take time to listen to what’s going on for you.

Never give yourself a hard time and allow disappointment. These faulty habits take away your motivation and power. In this you are giving your power away to your critical inner parent who just leaves you feeling unworthy, unlovable, bad, a failure.

It’s all about practice and allowing yourself to learn. We learn through making mistakes and writing about them so we understand what happened and gain the golden nugget of wisdom there is to learn from the mistake.

Each one of us needs to build discipline and we all have this quality latent within us but we must claim it, practise it and visualise ourselves living it. Remember discipline is ordered activity, not a noose around your neck or a harsh authority figure ordering you about the place.

Choose to build discipline for yourself, not out of duty or trying to be perfect. Sell the idea to yourself by focusing on how it will benefit you and others around you. It’s a way of loving yourself – taking steps that lessen stress and have you more at the helm of your ship.

Never give up. What really builds your power, discipline and determination, is to pick yourself up, and start over. Never give up on yourself.

“Never give up.” I have found those words, which are up on my bathroom wall, really help me to stay connected to what I want to achieve and why. They keep me connected to my strength.

Remember, in order to keep focused on a goal you need to have a clear purpose. Write about why you want to make this change, this improvement. Why is it important to you?

Write about how it will benefit you and your experience of life. Sell the idea to yourself.

Never give up. Don’t allow a sense of deprivation, the missing of whatever it may be such as lying on an extra half hour, whatever you are letting go of in your diet, and such. Focus on the benefits and why you want to make these changes. This will strengthen your resolve.

 

 

 

Personal Power

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Personal power is essential to psychological and spiritual health.  It’s a quality latent within all of us but we need to claim it and use it and use it for good. When I first heard of personal power I had no clear idea of what it meant. I had heard of assertiveness but it’s very different to this, and to anger. It really is more about taking charge of your life, taking responsibility for yourself and what you experience. Taking on personal power means the end of victim consciousness and blame.

It’s about choosing the thoughts you allow into your mind and the thoughts you don’t allow. It’s about using your power to think and to take charge of all your energies and use them only in service of love.  It’s about managing your emotions and not allowing them to run you.

Thoughts and words are powerful. They create – what you do want or what you don’t want, depending on the thoughts you hold in your mind. Use your personal power to push out of your mind any negative thoughts that arise and to replace them with positive, spiritual thoughts, Become aware and conscious of what you expect and affirm and choose what you really want. Don’t unconsciously go with what you fear.

Personal power is about being the cause of our reality. Our thoughts create our reality. While we can’t control many situations, we can certainly control how we perceive them and the way we respond to them.

When I first learned about personal power I became aware of how I had been missing it in my life and what a difference it could make to my life. I had learned through my training in psychotherapy what a fearful person I was but I didn’t know how to change this. I had always thought of myself as shy. I realised then that shyness was fear and I could change this. Personal power helped me to see I could be in charge of myself and needed to be. I could choose to move out of my comfort zone.

Personal Power is the power within you to make conscious choices.

It is about claiming and using the power that is in you to live your best life, give of your best and do your part.

It’s about being alive and living fully.

It’s about direction, discipline, courage, motivation, determination, focus, decisiveness.

Power can be used for good or evil and so we need to be sure to always use it in service of love.

“The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.” Baltasar Gracian

We have given our power away to an external code of fear and don’t realise that we have an inner compass, our Soul, our Higher Self, always guiding us from within. Most people have never even heard of this though many have heard of “the still small voice within”.  Many hearing this idea now, would say well I don’t hear this guidance. Our lives are too busy and focused on outside matters. You need to make space in your life, quiet time, to hear this guidance. You need to make time to meditate and journal and ask the help of your Higher Self, not just when you are troubled, but every day. You need to work on building this relationship so that you become very aware of this guidance and learn to live by it. This is what it means to be true to your Self.

As a result of the hold of fear on us, we give our power away in very many ways.

 

The Rewards of an Ordered Life

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Discipline strengthens you and is an essential part of developing personal power and putting order and structure into your life.

Many believe it’s the opposite of freedom. In fact the truth is that discipline, order and structure give you more freedom. They free up time that is wasted in being stressed, lack of planning and organisation and discipline, and feeling pulled in all directions.

People frequently experience overwhelm because of a lack of order and structure in life. When you are feeling stressed by too much happening, too many demands and that sense of too little time – stop. Don’t allow this suffering to continue.

Make some quiet time to reflect on why you are having this experience of overwhelm. Sit with your journal and ask your Higher Self and Spirit to help you to understand the cause of overwhelm and to discover solutions. Take charge and use your power to think.

In life there are many repetitive daily tasks and commitments.  Order, structure, discipline and planning make it much less hassle to manage these and the reward is you feel in charge of your day, your life, rather than having your energies all over the place.

When you decide that you are going to put more order into your life, you begin to see where and how it will make a difference to your experience. You need to be patient with yourself and to be ready to make adjustments according to what you discover as you work at it.

Use your journal to note down what you will focus on first. You might decide that the first change you will make is to get up maybe half an hour earlier so that you create a quiet space for you to start making a plan for your day so you are prepared.

Then you might add to this space by choosing as well as taking time to plan, that you will meditate for 3 of those days for 10 to 15 minutes and to journal for 4 days. This way you are increasing your sense of quiet and the wonder of silence and the effectiveness of listening to what’s really going on for you and tuning in to your Higher Self and inner guidance.

You need to be persistent and choose to be excited by this project rather than heavy – don’t allow any space to that critical inner parent voice. Focus on victories and on what you want to improve and how you will go about improving.

Don’t put it off. Decide that you will start today.  You might start by journaling and writing down how you desire to have more order and structure in your life and to build discipline. Write about how it will benefit you. Be strong and determined, and visualise yourself organised and feeling good. Remember it takes practice and never giving up.