Meditative Thought: We Already Carry The Treasure Within

As we head into the new year, let us contemplate the truth that, at the core of our being, we are already enlightened. That perfect essence is already within each and every one of us. It is that essence that is the very image and likeness of God, and it is merely awaiting our readiness and willingness to set it free.

One of the great gifts of our existence is that we already carry the treasure within. And as we regularly turn within and get in touch with that perfect essence, we are creating the conditions in the sacred space of our awareness that will allow for our lives to become the living demonstration of this truth.

Casting a Vision for 2013, Spiritual Living Video, Weekly Recap, and Affirmations

Beloved readers,

Here we are for our final weekly recap of 2012!

I always like to remind people that this is a wonderful time to go within and reflect back at the year, contemplate the things you’ve experienced, realize how you’ve grown and evolved throughout the year, and especially contemplate all the things that happened that you can be grateful for!

We want to take our gratitude factor to a whole new level, essentially taking nothing for granted. Let us make it habit to wake up in the morning and have the first words that come out of our mouths be: “Thank you, beloved God Within, for another beautiful day! Thank you for all that I have, for all that I am, and for all that I’m in the process of becoming! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

And in this consciousness of appreciation, let us tune into our vision for the coming year. The truth is there are limitless opportunities that are always before us, yet it is up to us to create the conditions within our awareness that will allow us to be able to see these opportunities. So allow yourself to go within and get in touch with what is seeking to happen in you, through you, and as you.

Give yourself permission to break past some old boundaries in 2013! Say every day, “I am available to more good than I could even imagine!” As you project this into the Law, what happens is that you will begin to draw to you more of these limitless opportunities, and you will begin to receive guidance and insight that, when acted upon, will lead to some very real and measurable changes in your life.

I have spent these past few days doing exactly what I’ve just described—reflecting back on 2012, and casting my vision for 2013. And something that has come through for me is to continue committing fully to Awakened Life Now, continue growing this online presence, expanding it with the adding on of more videos, music, and audio files, and essentially turn it into a full blown “online ministry” that is here to inspire and empower us, and provide practical tools for us to cultivate our awareness of our True Nature as spiritual beings having a human incarnation.

As I always like to say, what this means is that we already have everything we need within us, and we are here so we may set it free and allow our lives to be the living demonstration of who we really are! Rather than living under the illusion that our good is separate from us, and looking to the world of effects to get from it what we think we need to be happy or to survive, we move through our days with an awareness that we are here to allow Life to fully express through us, according to our unique set of gifts, skills, talents, capacities, and sensibilities. This means that the lives of our dreams are the lives we are here to live! This means there’s no holding back involved here; we are here to let our lights shine fully and completely!

Practicality is obviously crucial. So the focus of the articles and messages on Awakened Life Now will always revolve around how we may go about putting these spiritual principles to use in our day to day lives. We are entering an age in which spiritual enlightenment and self actualization will no longer be reserved for the few and far in between, but much rather will we be seeing more and more individuals getting in touch with the deeper Reality of their being. So let’s decide to be a part of that, and let’s be a blessing to ourselves and to everyone whose lives we touch.

Now, as always at this time of the week, what you will find bellow are the links to all of the latest content of this past week, followed by our weekly affirmations. But before we get to that I wanted to share a beautiful little video with you that I came across yesterday. I find it describes perfectly the philosophy behind Awakened Life Now and the New Thought-Ageless Wisdom traditions that are shared here.

Enjoy, and let it speak to the part of you that already knows.

Happy New Year! Happy New Era! And Happy New You!

Much love and blessings!

WEEKLY RECAP

Your Authentic Self: Set It Free!

Peace of Mind: A Meditation On Our True Nature

Meditative Thought: Love & Joy

Meditative Thought: Celebrating The Light Within

Meditative Thought: Effective Receivers

Meditative Thought: Answered Prayer

Meditative Thought: Blessing And Releasing The Past

AFFIRMATIONS

I begin the new year with the awareness that each and every moment of each and every day offers the grand opportunity for a joyous New Beginning in God!

The Light of Divinity is animating every fiber of my Being, and I am here to set free that which is already within me!

The Presence of God is perfect health! The Presence of God is love and joy! The Presence of God is prosperity and plenitude! This Presence lives in me and expresses through me!

I am a Dispenser of the Divine Blessings!

I begin each day with an awareness that there is a celebration going on throughout the Cosmos; and I choose to be a conscious participant in this celebration!

Thankfully I let it be! And so it is! Amen!

Your Authentic Self: Set It Free!

ACTIVATE YOUR POTENTIAL – YOUR DESTINY AWAITS!

For the longest time I would secretly harbor the desire to be someone else, usually below the level of my conscious awareness. I would look to others and would essentially see myself emulating them—their skills, their talents, their abilities, whatever the case may be. Yet at some point I finally realized that the only way I could ever truly activate my own potential, the only way I could ever truly tap into the gifts, skills, talents, and capacities within me, was to not try so much to be like anyone other than myself.

I believe most of us have experienced this. We may see individuals we admire, and before we know it we may get caught up in trying to emulate what they have done, rather than looking at that vast treasure house that is within our very own being. Of course it’s natural and wonderful to have role models. Yet we must be careful to not get trapped in the mistaken perception that there is something missing within ourselves, or that the greatness we admire in another isn’t already within us as well.

So the topic of today’s article is “Your Authentic Self: Set It Free!” And your authentic self actually encompasses a couple of levels, which we will be exploring a bit further down below. But first, let me start by saying what I always like to say from time to time, and that is that the true nature of each and every one of us—regardless of who we are, where we’ve come from, or what our past experience has been—is greatness, limitless potentiality, and endless joyous expansion. There is a genius within each and every one of us, awaiting to be recognized and to be set free.

Yet in order for us to recognize what I like to refer to as the inborn genius coding within our Soul, we must be fully committed to our authentic self. We must have the courage and the willingness to truly get to know ourselves, to truly have a conscious awareness of who we really are and what we are all about. Why did we choose to come here? What is the purpose of our current incarnation? Make no mistake, none of us are here by accident. And not only are we not here by accident, we are here by choice. We chose to be born and to experience a human lifetime during this particular time in history. And we made that choice from the highest level of our awareness, which means we definitely knew what we were doing, and we must have had a pretty good reason for coming here and for being exactly who we are now. So let us get back in touch with this reason, and let us vow to do what it was that we set out to do prior to our birth.

  • We Can Only See What We Are

Now with the inherent nature of all of us being divine greatness, we may also begin to realize that whenever we see greatness in someone else, we are actually seeing our own greatness reflected back to us. We are only able to see what we are, and the reason for that is that, in truth, there is only one of us. We are all individuated expressions of the Most High God, the indescribable Source of love, beauty, and intelligence. We are unique emanations of that great unified field of intelligence that governs the universe, that permeates every single atom in existence, and that is everywhere present in its fullness. To deny our own greatness would be to deny the greatness of our Source. So rather than getting trapped in a mistaken notion of insecurity masquerading as modesty, let us have the courage to recognize our true limitless nature, and let us make a commitment that, as we head into the new year, we are going to activate all of the gifts of divinity within us. As we do this, we prepare to launch into that extraordinary and joyous adventure that our life is truly meant to be, and we open ourselves up to more good than we could even dare to imagine.

Whenever we see greatness in someone else, we are seeing our own greatness reflected back to us.

 

The Levels Of Your Authentic Self

  • Your Authentic Self On The Surface

A common myth that pervades much of our society is that pleasure, joy, and fun must be kept separate from career, work, and livelihood. What I mean by that is that many individuals have been taught to believe that not only can you not have fun all of the time, you certainly ought to not be having too much fun while you’re at work—whatever your work may be. As a result many people live their lives basically for the weekends. They will work at their jobs to make money without really loving what they’re doing—or in some cases even downright hating it—and their only sense of joy comes from anticipating Friday rolling around, which is when they finally head off into the weekend. This, as you probably know, is fairly common. And if this happens to be you, sit tight—you’re going to love this!

Then there are those of us who truly love what they do. Their work doesn’t feel like work to them. These are the ones who get up in the morning excited about their day. These are the ones who move through their days with passion and enthusiasm. These are the ones who go to work not merely to collect a paycheck, but because they have a sense of purpose about what they do. Mark Twain said that “true success is making your vocation your vacation.” I absolutely love that quote. And the truth is that this kind of joyous lifestyle isn’t reserved for the few and far in between. Every single one of us can and is meant to be living like this. And that’s because one of the innate qualities of our authentic self is pure joy.

So what is it that you truly enjoy doing? What are you naturally good at? What are you drawn to? If we truly give ourselves permission to contemplate these questions, each and every one of us will find answers.

Now this is where once again we may have to undo some of the worldly “training” we’ve received. Because perhaps we know what we’d like to do, but we just don’t quite see how we’d actually make money doing it. Or maybe we know what we want to do, but we don’t quite know how it could ever happen. Or maybe we’ve told ourselves that we’re too old, or that we’re too young, or that we’re not enough of this or that.

Well, this is where I’ve got more great news for you. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may have heard me say this before. And that is that how is not your business. In fact, you may just want to make that an affirmation that you repeat to yourself. How is not my business!

Our business is to define the what. Once we’re clear on the what, the how will show up. But this is where we must cultivate within us the receptivity that will allow for the manifestation of our dream to come into our experience. This is where spiritual practice comes in. This is why we meditate; this is why we affirmatively pray; this is why we use visualization and visioning; this is where we do the inner work that’s required for us to live in an awareness that the Infinite Intelligence of the universe is handling the “hows.”

Once we’re clear on the what, the how will show up. But we must cultivate within us the receptivity that will allow for the manifestation of our dream to come into our experience.

An important thing I want to point out here is that there is no big or small. This isn’t about external success symbols. It’s not about accumulating the most stuff. Much rather living our authentic self simply means that we love what we’re doing, we’re doing what we’re passionate about and what is meaningful to us—regardless of whether we’re a famous artist, a great musician, a healer, an author, a teacher, a speaker, or someone who works at their “regular” job and simply loves what they do. There is no big or small.

So allow yourself to contemplate over these next few days exactly what it is that is seeking to emerge in you and through you. And then, give yourself permission to say “yes” to it.

  • Your Deepest Authentic Self

Our deepest authentic self has absolutely nothing to do with what we’re doing, and is all about what we’re being. Our authentic self at the deepest level is that Self (with a capital “S”) that knows who we really are. It’s that Self that does not identify with externals or anything in the material world. It’s that Self that does not identify with its thoughts and belief systems. It’s that Self that is untouched by human experience. It’s our True Self. It’s the Self that is the silent witness behind everything that’s happening in our lives—the Self that always knows and remembers its Oneness with All That Is.

Our deepest authentic self has never been born and will never die. It is timeless, formless, and eternal. Our deepest authentic self transcends space, time, and matter, and is thus capable of miracles. If we are experiencing lack or limitation, our deepest authentic self has the capacity and the ability to transform our experience into one of abundance. If we are experiencing any form of illness or dis-ease, our deepest authentic self has the capacity and ability to transform our experience into one of perfect health and well-being. If we are experiencing confusion, our deepest authentic self holds the peace and wisdom we’ve been seeking. If we’re experiencing anger or resentment, our deepest authentic self holds the awareness of forgiveness. If we feel diminished in some way, shape, or form, our deepest authentic self remembers our innate greatness, our divine perfection, our limitless potentiality.

Our deepest authentic self has nothing to do with what we’re doing, and is all about what we’re being.

All you need is within you, waiting to be set free!

Our deepest authentic self is the one that has the most power. And so our task becomes to seek first an awareness of our deepest authentic self—to seek first the Kingdom of God, which is a state of consciousness—and then, as we live our lives from that place, allow our life structures to rearrange themselves around our higher awareness. In other words, if we make it our habit to live from our deepest authentic self, our authentic self on the surface level will naturally reveal itself to us.

As you may know, we have recently celebrated the birthing of a new era for humanity. So allow this time of new beginnings to also be a time of new beginnings in your life. Let a new era begin in your own life as you make that declaration to live your life from the inside out, from an awareness of your deepest authentic self which is forever seeking to guide and nudge you towards your reason for being here on this planet at this particular time in human history. Make it a habit to stop throughout your day, take a deep breath, and just feel the sacred presence of your deepest authentic self, your real self, your Self with a capital “S.” It’s the Self you’ve been born to rediscover. It’s the Self you’re here to set free. It’s the Self that when actualized and embraced becomes a powerful force for good on this planet. It’s the Self whose Light shines forth so freely that it transmutes seeming darkness into Light, always holding that serene awareness that, in actuality, this Light that is shining forth is All There Ever Is.

 

EMBODIMENT

I make it a practice to turn within daily and commune with my deepest authentic self. As I do this, I am aware that there is but one Presence, one Power, one Life, one Infinite Intelligence back of all things. This Infinite Intelligence is everywhere present fully. My deepest authentic self is always aware of this, and so I allow my conscious awareness to be flooded with this joyous realization. I am aware that what I enjoy most, what I am passionate about, and what is meaningful to me, is what I have set out to do—and so I give myself permission to welcome more opportunities for expansion and self-expression into my life. I give thanks for all that I have, for all that I am, and for all that I am in the process of becoming. I give thanks as these words of truth take root in my awareness, and I make myself available to more good than I have ever imagined, seen, or manifested. It is done. I let it be. And so it is. Amen.

Peace of Mind: A Meditation On Our True Nature

Take a deep breath… and allow yourself to get centered as you contemplate these words…

There is an intelligence at work in the universe that is greater than our own. In fact, this intelligence is so great it is infinite.

And while we could never grasp the vastness and complexity of this Infinite Intelligence, each and every one of us is a unique emanation of it. Each of us has been made in its image and likeness. Each of us has been gifted with its creative faculties and its divine qualities. Each of us is here so we may demonstrate these faculties and these qualities in our own unique way. Each of us has been born into this world of time and space so that we may reflect and reveal the glory of this One Life, this One Intelligence… which is within us… and which is also everywhere else, for there is no place where it is not… and it is now experiencing itself as us.

This Infinite Intelligence, no matter by what name we choose to call it, is pure Love. So we are talking about an Infinite Intelligence and an Infinite Love. We are talking about a Love that is forever available to all of us, regardless of our religion, our race, our gender, our nationality, our social status, or our ancestral backgrounds. It is available to whom we might label “saints” and “sinners.” It is available regardless of where we’ve been or what we’ve done. Each of us may tune into its sheer joy, its indescribable peace, and its boundless bliss by simply being willing to receive it.

How great the joy of knowing our divine birthright. How great the peace that shines in the hearts of those who recognize their Oneness with their Divine Source. What great things shall those do who have transcended the narrow perceptions of the surface mind, and who have tapped into the boundless storehouse of good that is at the center of our very Being.

So as we prepare to move into a new year, and as we continue to celebrate the birthing of a new world, a new era for all of humanity, let us make it our intentionality to always be mindful of that Great Something that cannot be seen, yet without it we would not be able to see. Let us be aware of that Ineffable Presence which though hidden to the senses, is always available to the Inner Eye and the Inner Ear.

Let us be mindful that this Presence is looking at us through the eyes of every stranger and through the eyes of our loved ones, and that in truth there are no strangers, for we all share in the One Life, in the One Mind, in the One Being.

Let us extend our arms and hearts to include our global family.

Let us do away with the illusion of separation.

Let us celebrate with those who have received great blessings, and let us feel compassion for those whose lives have been struck by tragedy.

Let us feel our intrinsic Oneness with all of these Sacred Beings right now.

And let us desire for them what we desire for ourselves. For they are us, and we are them.

I invite you to turn within…

Even as you read these words… allow yourself to be still and centered.

Allow yourself to feel the spaciousness of your Being.

Become aware of the I Am.

The I Am that is experiencing this moment.

This Now. Right Now.

That silent space of awareness… in which these letters are appearing on a screen… and are being translated into words.

Where are the letters? Where are the words? Where is the screen?

All of it is in you.

It is within the sacred space of your awareness.

And you are the one who has placed it there.

For you are indeed the creator of your experience.

Know this now, and claim your spiritual dominion over the world of effects.

This is what has been called “dominion over the earth.”

We have been told about it for as long as we remember. Now… let us claim it.

Take a deep breath…

…and give yourself permission to accept and receive all that Divine Beloved is seeking to bring into your life. Let yourself be aware that everything you’ve asked for, everything you’ve prayed for, it’s lined up, it’s ready and waiting. You have asked, God has answered.

Now it’s up to you to say “yes,” and give the answered prayer permission to flow into your life.

Let these words speak to the depths of your Being.

The words are a reminder. For there is a part of you that already knows.

And finally, let us conclude with these sweet affirmations.

I am so loved! I am so worthy! I am so precious! I am available to more good than I could even imagine!

I am ready and willing to activate all of the gifts of Divinity within me!

And I am willing to let the Divine be manifest in me, through me, as me!

Peace, love, and richest blessings to you!

Meditative Thought: Blessing And Releasing The Past

The process of blessing and releasing the past is extremely liberating. For once we have freed ourselves from the self-imposed chains of our own past, we are able to truly embrace that which is now seeking to happen in our lives. Once we begin to see that everything that has happened – regardless of whether we’ve labeled it good or bad – was necessary for us to get to where we are now, it merely becomes a matter of imparting our blessing and letting it go.

So as we prepare to head into a new year, let us take this time to contemplate what no longer serves us. As we do this we are freeing up our energy. We are allowing the fullness of who we are to be present in the here and now. And it is only as we are fully present that we can truly be receptive towards all the new that is waiting to be birthed in our experience.

Meditative Thought: Answered Prayer

Inherent within every question is its solution. Inherent within every dream are the means for its fulfillment. And inherent within every prayer is a prayer answered. All that is required on our part is that we shift our attention away from the request, and instead place it on the feeling tonality of the solution, the end result, or the answered prayer we have been seeking.

This is why it’s been said that as we pray we should do so as if we’ve received, and it will be ours. We are shifting our vibration from “not having” to “having.” We are expanding our consciousness. We are opening the door for new insights and revelations to flow into our awareness. And we are creating the conditions within ourselves that will allow for our answered prayer to reveal itself in our experience. Inherent within every prayer is a prayer answered. So let us walk then in divine confidence so that we may receive what has already been given.

Meditative Thought: Effective Receivers

As emanations and unique expressions of the Most High God, all we could ever ask for has already been given. Whether we desire love, abundance, well-being, a fulfilling career, or simply more peace in our lives, all of it is already ours. Our task is to be effective receivers. Our task is to know that we are worthy by our divine nature. And our task is to say “yes” to all that is flowing into our lives.

So as we hold this in our awareness, let us move through our days with an ease and a grace that come from knowing that all of Life is conspiring on our behalf. And let us cultivate that thankful heart and that receptive spirit, so we may shine our light unto the world and re-gift the vast abundance of blessings that have been bestowed upon us.

Meditative Thought: Celebrating The Light Within

In this time of festivities let us remember that we all hold within us the capacity to make each and every day of our lives a day of celebration. Each day we may honor and celebrate the Christ-Consciousness within our very own Soul. Each day can be a day of loving-kindness, a day of generosity, a day of joyous communion, a day of tapping into the vast and limitless potential within, and a day of partaking in that cosmic celebration of good that is always going on all throughout eternity.

So whether today we celebrate the birthing of the Christ-Consciousness in the great man named Jesus, or whether we celebrate the Festival of Lights, let us remember to also look within and celebrate our very own Light.

For it is the very same Light that has shined so freely in the lives of the great masters of the ages. It is the same Light that has lit up every avatar and every illumined being that has ever walked the face of this planet. That Light is in us. That Light is who we are. That Light is our essence. So now, let’s celebrate it.

Meditative Thought: Love & Joy

The Divine Nature is love. The Divine Nature is joy. Love and joy are two of the most powerful qualities of consciousness within us. When we listen to that voice of love, we look at the world the way God looks at the world through us. And when we listen to that voice of joy, we follow the calling of our Soul which is always seeking to demonstrate and reveal more of its true nature.

So let us give ourselves permission to listen with the Inner Ear as it seeks to nudge us in the direction of love and joy. And let us be aware that as we cultivate these qualities within, we will find ourselves quite naturally being a radiant field of good that is spreading fast and touching lives everywhere.

Weekly Recap, Affirmations, and Agape

As every Sunday, here is our weekly recap.

This is ideal if you haven’t had a chance to check the website on a daily basis and you just want to catch up. So bellow you will find links to all of the posts of the past week, which are the five Meditative Thoughts (always posted Monday thru Friday), along with articles, links, and videos that have been revolving around and .

Birth2012 involved millions individuals all over the planet celebrating the end of an era and the beginning of a new consciousness arising for all of humanity. If you didn’t get a chance to watch it live via the internet, you can still head over to the to watch some of the powerful videos and replays. The replay of the Birth2012 Gala is also available on the . And in fact I recommend just checking out and its services in general, which you can watch at any time. Agape and its powerful teachings has been and continues to be a huge influence on me. So if you like any of the articles and messages on Awakened Life Now, you may definitely want to .

And also down bellow you will find the weekly affirmations. Allow them to speak to that part of you that already knows.

Much Love and Blessings!

WEEKLY RECAP

Conscious Evolution & Birth 2012

Birth 2012 Los Angeles Gala at Agape & Feature Documentary “2012 Crossing Over, A New Beginning”

Video Interview: Understanding Conscious Evolution

Meditative Thought: Living From The Inside Out

Meditative Thought: Everything We Need Within Us

Meditative Thought: The Sweet Spot of Creation

Meditative Thought: Some Conscious Retraining

Meditative Thought: New Beginnings

AFFIRMATIONS

In these days of joyous festivities I am celebrating the birth of the Christ-Consciousness within me!

The divine love radiating from the core of my Being is creating a powerful field of blessings that extend beyond of what I thought possible!

I am breaking past any and all old limitations!

I am breaking past my surface mind’s old paradigms!

I am making myself available to more good than I could have imagined — for myself and for the entire planet!

I stand before the rich buffet of infinite possibilities with open arms, with an open heart, and a receptive spirit!

For this and so much more I give thanks!

And so I let it be! And so it is! Amen!