This is a continuation from Part 1 which gave us some suggestions for how to move out of the comfort zone of our thoughts, words and deeds into our Excellence Zone.
The aim of this Best Year Of Your Life series is to provide practical and easy to implement steps that we can take to shift our thoughts to change how we look at ourselves, the world, and our place in it. What we’re doing is breaking free from any and all old thought patterns of lack, limitation, and scarcity, and returning to our natural state of Love, Joy, Appreciation, and Well-being. So let’s evolve together and make 2012 our very best year yet.
- Enlarging Our Capacity To Receive
Most of us place limits on how much good we’re willing to allow into our lives. We decide how blessed we’re going to be, how healthy our bodies will be, how much money flows to us, how fulfilling our relationships will be, and how many of our dreams will come true. This usually applies no matter where we are in life. No matter if you’re just starting out, or if you’ve already achieved a considerable amount of success in your life, chances are there’s a limit as to how far you’re willing to go.
Now, I do want to make sure there’s no misunderstanding here. I am not talking about merely chasing after more stuff; more money, bigger houses, more expensive cars. What I’m talking about is becoming greater expressions of ourselves. Material wealth can certainly be a part of that, but this also includes becoming more loving, having peace of mind, living in perfect health, having meaningful and fulfilling relationships in all areas of our lives.
Remember, we’re not here to try and make it. We are here to live extraordinary lives!
Reaching our fullest potential is all about releasing what’s been blocking us up until now. These blocks are usually unconscious, which means that becoming more conscious and deepening our awareness must be part of the process.
I believe in order for us to reach our fullest potential, we have to be willing to enlarge our capacity to receive. What I mean by that is that oftentimes we may be blocking what wants to come into our lives by thinking thoughts like, “it’s just too good to be true. This couldn’t possibly be happening to me.” Or perhaps we feel uncomfortable with receiving too much because we don’t think we deserve it. We’re afraid that by allowing too much good into our lives, we’re depriving someone else of their good.
All of these are thoughts that are born out of an erroneous belief in scarcity and judgement.
Scarcity because we think there’s a limited amount of good to go around, which has created an us vs them mentality where we imagine that there’s others with whom we must compete for these goods.
Judgement because we believe we must live up to some kind of ideal and prove ourselves worthy before we can receive all that we’ve desired.
I would like to invite you today to let go of this kind of thinking once and for all!
No matter where you’ve been in the past, no matter how many setbacks you’ve had, no matter how many mistakes you think you’ve made, you are meant for Greatness right here and right now!
Be willing to enlarge your capacity for how much good you’re going to allow into your life. Break past those past limitations, and realize that anything you can dream or imagine the Universe is well able to bring into your life.
Listen to what it is that wants to emerge. And then make yourself available to it.
Surrender to it by reminding yourself, “Today I am available to possibility! I am available to what wants to unfold in my life!”
And instead of saying, “it’s too good to be true,” turn it around by declaring:
“It’s so good, it MUST be true!”
Make this your new response whenever an unexpected blessing or an opportunity comes into your life. Repeat it as often as you must to allow it to become a natural part of how you view life. Say it until you really believe it. Make it your mantra: “It’s so good, it MUST be true! It’s so good, it MUST be true! It’s so good, it MUST be true!”
And once we’ve began to enlarge our capacity to receive, our next step becomes surrendering. Surrendering to what? To the Great Unfolding.
- Surrendering To The Great Unfolding
Did you know that there’s an everlasting and eternal unfolding of good that’s happening all over the cosmos? Most people are not only unaware of this, they’re also not used to even considering the possibility. So let’s examine this a little closer for a moment.
I think we can all agree that everything in the Universe, seen and unseen, can ultimately be traced back to one Source. Whether we call this Source God, Allah, the Christ Presence, Infinite Intelligence, Divine Mind, the Infinite Field, or any other name, isn’t really important. But what we can easily deduce from just looking at the world around us is that this Source must be loving and benevolent. There is evidence for this all over the place. The most obvious being that the universe is even here in the first place, able to sustain itself. If the Source behind its creation was malevolent, evil, or destructive, by its very nature, the universe would have self destructed a long time ago.
But instead, the universe not only continues to exist, it expands at an astronomical rate. Isn’t it amazing that the gravitational forces in our solar system are so precise that all of the planets remain in perfect orbit around the sun? And this isn’t just a random occurrence; there’s billions of solar systems like ours all across the galaxy.
The New Testament quotes Jesus as asking us to look at the lilies of the field, stating that they do not labor or spin, but not even King Solomon in all his splendor was dressed as magnificent as they. He then went on to say, if that is how God takes care of the grass in the field, how much more will God take care of you?
I love that analogy. The same applies all over nature. And it invites us to surrender and simply trust the Source from which we came.
Look at the birds, they don’t worry about what they’re going to eat next, and yet, they’re always taken care of. Their needs are always supplied. The same goes for any animal anywhere in nature. Have you ever seen a stressed out duck? Or a worried penguin? Of course not! Everything in nature is part of what I like to refer to as the Great Unfolding, or the Great Cosmic Unfolding.
The Great Cosmic Unfolding is the eternal unfolding of Good, Love, Joy, Well-being, Health, Harmony, Prosperity, Beauty, Creativity, Generosity, and Freedom!
All of these are what we can look at as Divine Qualities. And each and every one of them is your birthright.
But here’s the twist. What’s the difference between the duck and the penguin who are never worried, and the human being who walks around in fear and anxiety?
The human being has something that the duck and penguin do not: self-reflective awareness.
Self-reflective awareness means you’re able to think about what you’re thinking about. You’re able to look at yourself and observe yourself. The duck and the penguin (as far as we can tell) can’t do that. The duck has no choice but to be a duck, the penguin has no choice but to be a penguin. You, however, always have a choice. You’re free to choose what you’re going to be, by choosing what you’re going to think. And there’s another term for this: free will.
Free will is what makes us different from everything else in nature. Free will gives us a choice. It gives us the choice of whether we’re going to participate in the Great Unfolding, or not.
Consider the sun. The sun always shines. It’s bright, radiant, it lights up the entire sky. But here’s the thing: the sun has no choice but to shine. That’s just what the sun does. It doesn’t get up one morning and say, “I don’t really feel like shining today. In fact, I’m getting a little fed up with this whole shining business. You know what? Screw this, I think I’m just gonna quit shining all together!”
That would be ridiculous, wouldn’t it? But you see, that is the choice that you get to make each and every day.
You get to choose whether or not you’re going to shine your light. You get to choose whether or not you’re going to be kind, loving, and compassionate; you get to choose whether or not you’re going to share your gifts, skills and talents; you get to choose whether or not you’re going to be available to the bountiful supply of good that wants to emerge in your life.
Make a choice today that, just like the sun, you’re going to shine your light!
We enlarge our capacity to receive by letting go of scarcity and judgement, and then we surrender to the Great Cosmic Unfolding by making ourselves available each and every day to the Divine Qualities that are seeking to emerge.
Get up every morning and say:
“I am available to the Good today! I am available to Love! I am available to Joy! I am available to Well-being! I am available to Prosperity! Today I am going to be a channel to allow these Divine Qualities to express and reveal themselves! Today I am going to shine my light!”
And then watch what happens. As you go about your days, you’ll start noticing these little changes. Doors will open for you, opportunities will appear, dreams and desires that you’ve held will suddenly start manifesting, and before long, you’ll find yourself looking around, wondering, “how did I ever end up HERE? How did my life ever get THIS AMAZING???”
So remember that you are a Limitless Being, and that the life of your dreams (whatever that may be for you) is the life you were meant to live!
Much Love and Blessings to you!