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A sign that we are maturing on the spiritual path is when we begin to release our acquisitive nature – the part of us that is always seeking to get something – and instead commit to being of service.

Rather than going out into the world, believing that the world somehow holds our happiness, we instead have a very real and powerful sense that our happiness comes from within. It emanates from the core of our very Self.

And it is with this awareness that we are overcome with a palpable lightness of being, where every instant becomes a celebration, and everything we do we do with a glad heart.

Rather than asking, “How can I get what I think I need in order to be happy or survive?”, we instead approach every moment, every situation, every interaction with the question: “How may I be of service? How may I bring value? How may I be a blessing?”

We have realized that we are not here to try and get more stuff. Instead, we know that we already have it all, and it is our joyous task to simply demonstrate this truth in our experience.

We are here to freely share all of our gifts, skills, and talents; to freely shine our light, sing our song, and dance our dance.

And when we do this – which is seeking first the Kingdom of God, the Realm of the ever-expanding Good – we soon find that everything we thought we needed to chase after comes bursting into our experience.

Our lives are filled with riches and blessings beyond our wildest imagination simply because we are the blessing. And Life will always reflect back to us exactly what we are.

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Hi, everyone!

I’d like to take this moment to thank you for checking out Awakened Life Now. Your presence here is greatly, greatly appreciated! Whether this is your first time visiting the site or if you’ve become a regular or semi-regular reader, thank you, thank you, thank you for being here!

And as you’re reading these words, allow yourself to just be aware that, if the content on this site registers with you even in the slightest way, if it speaks to something within you, that is a sign that you are evolving. You are on the path towards embodying a higher state of awareness. You are on the path towards becoming the next greatest version of yourself. You are on the path of creating the conditions within your own consciousness that will allow the desires of your heart to flow into your experience.

You are on the path towards embodying a state of awareness that acknowledges that you are, indeed, a limitless being and a journey of joyous unfolding — always becoming more, and never less, of your True Self.

Just allow yourself to feel really good about that right now! :)

Now, it goes without saying that Awakened Life Now is still a very new site, and so it is still very much in the process of finding its rhythm. You will find an updated Purpose Statement on the About Page. The vision behind ALN is that we will begin to attract more and more readers across the globe that resonate with the healing, inspiring, and empowering message that is being put forth here.

We are living in profound times. There’s no denying that there’s some changes happening all over the planet. Yet these changes aren’t anything to be afraid of, for they are nothing less than the birthing of a new earth. The old structures of scarcity, limitation, and not-enoughness are beginning to fall apart (they never really worked in the first place), and more and more of us are beginning to awaken to a greater sense of our Oneness with All Life, our Oneness with All That Is.

Now, what I’m getting at here is… we are seeking to create a community here! A community of like-minded individuals committed to the path of transformation.

So I would love to hear from you. If you have any suggestions, recommendations, or questions; or if you simply want to connect, feel free to add your comments to the articles on here. As I said, I would love to hear from you, and perhaps some of you would love to hear from each other. So let’s see if we can get some connections going here.

And if you like what you’ve seen on this site so far, please recommend it to anyone you think may also resonate with it. Let’s spread the word. There’s individuals out there who need to hear what is being said here. So let us be the messengers of the good news!

Now, as new content is being added pretty much on a daily basis now, I will be posting these weekly recaps, along with some affirmations as well as recommended links to other websites and blogs that may resonate with you.

So if you don’t get a chance to visit the site on a daily basis throughout the week, or if you’d like to revisit an entry that has particularly resonated with you, on every Sunday, beginning today, you will be able to find links to all of the previous week’s content right here.

It is the profound desire of my heart that you find these articles, meditative thoughts, and affirmations to be beneficial to the continuing unfolding of your Soul.

Much Love, Peace, and Blessings,

Alex

 

LAST WEEK’S BLOG POSTS

Meditative Thought: Our True Nature

Meditative Thought: Jubilant Souls

Meditative Thought: The Sacredness of All Life

Meditative Thought: The Highest Form of Gratitude

Meditative Thought: Willingness

From Blind Sight to True Vision

Dare to have a Vision, Part 3 – The Field is Guiding You: 5 Keys For Moving Towards Your Dreams


RECOMMENDED LINKS

AFFIRMATIONS

In every moment of every day I walk in an awareness of my True Nature, which is one of greatness, limitless possibility, and endless joyous expansion.

I am aware that the Great God of the Universe is my Source, and that I live, move, and have my being in a Field of Infinite and Overflowing Good.

Everywhere I go I freely shine the light of my awareness; I am a dispenser of Divine Blessings.

I am deeply thankful for all that I have, for all that I am, and for all that I’m in the process of becoming.

Each and every day, in every way, I give thanks for the boundless good that is flowing into my life. My life is very good, indeed.

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

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In Parts One and Two of this series respectively, we have looked deeply into where do our dreams come from, and we have also examined where do we come from, and how do we fit into the grander scheme of things. We had reminded ourselves that everything in the Universe is energy, and we had brought back to our attention that all of it originates within a vibrant Field of energy which science has called the Unified Field. And so we have allowed ourselves to recall that it is within this Field that we live, move, and have our being. And furthermore, that we are, in fact, intimately connected to this Field. That there is no place where this Field ends and we begin.

All of this is what we might consider a scientific way of describing God. Because as we mature spiritually, we begin to realize that God is not some external deity that we must beseech to give us what we think we need to be happy or to survive. But much rather do we begin to realize that God is the center of our very being.

And as such, it becomes apparent that all has already been given to us. We already have the keys of the kingdom. So rather than us trying to get something from the seemingly external, our task becomes to realize that all that we could ever want, hope for, or desire, we already have; and it is up to us to create the conditions within our own consciousness that will allow our physical experience to become the living demonstration of this truth.

Friends, this is what living the Awakened Life is!

Living the Awakened Life is moving beyond the superstition of materialism, and instead cultivating a very real and powerful sense of our true nature as Spiritual Beings on an eternal journey of joyous unfolding.

Oh yes, Life is very good, indeed!

All that we could ever want, hope for, or desire, we already have; and it is up to us to create the conditions within our own consciousness that will allow our physical experience to become the living demonstration of this truth.

Now, with this awareness, are you ready to examine a bit further the practicality of matters? I thought you might be. So then let’s take a look at…

5 Keys For Moving Towards Your Dreams

Key #1

Ask for Guidance

You may find this first key especially useful if you’re reading this and you’re not quite sure what your vision is. Perhaps it’s been a long time since you’ve allowed yourself to even consider having a dream. Well, something within you is saying, “It’s time to get back on with it. It’s time to get back to the dream.”

Simply find a quiet place where you will be able to sit uninterrupted. Then, become still. Allow yourself to get centered so you may get in touch with the core of your being, your I Am Presence. Enter into your Soul Space.

Once you have accessed that level of your awareness – which is simply a matter of turning your attention away from the seemingly external towards the interiority of your being – you may then ask any question you seek to know the answer to. Perhaps you may want to ask, “What’s the purpose of my current incarnation? What am I to do with this lifetime? What is seeking to emerge in me, through me, as my very life? What are the dreams that are in my heart?”

And then, be on the lookout for the answer. The answer may come in the form of a sudden insight, an intuitive sense. Or perhaps it will appear in the form of a billboard, or you’ll hear it in the chance utterance of a friend or a so-called stranger. Do not try to rush the answer. Be patient. Know that it’s coming. And begin to feel that, whatever the answer is going to be, it’s going to be good!

If you are already on track with your dreams, you may want to use this process to inquire about the next step of your unfolding, or anything else that’s going on in your life about which you’re seeking a higher perspective.

 

Key #2

Pay Attention To The Answer

After you have asked for guidance, you will want to raise your level of alertness so as to not miss the signs that the Universe will be bringing into your experience. More often than not, the answers may be subtle, and they may require our alert receptivity in order for us to notice them.

I love how Carl Jung described synchronicity as, ”…the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.”

So let us seek to pay attention whenever we have those experiences of inner and outer events coming together in a way that is meaningful to us. When this happens, let us be aware that someone’s trying to tell us something. And let’s be sure we listen.

 

Key #3

Act On Your Hunches

The answers may come in the form of hunches and impulses that are emanating from our intuition. Regardless of how they come, the answers will not always make sense to our rational mind. The ego, in its well-meaning yet misguided way, may advise us to not pay attention to mere hunches and to instead focus our time on what it has labeled as “more pressing matters.”

We cannot serve two masters. We cannot follow our Divine Destiny and expect to get there by the means and the clever scheming of our ego. Ego invariably comes from a limited perspective, whereas our Inner Voice is the part of us that is plugged into Spirit. And Spirit has got the whole picture! Spirit is saying, “Follow me! Trust me! I’ll get you there! Come on!”

 

Key #4

Commit To Excellence No Matter Where You Are

The “no matter where you are” part is really what we’re focused on here. Sometimes we may have big dreams and we may be committed to giving them all we’ve got, yet we may be working at a day job to temporarily supply our funding. We may be tempted to think that our day job is less important and therefore does not require that we demonstrate the excellence that is actually inherent within our very being.

Do not be fooled! Decide that you’re going to commit to excellence no matter where you are! It doesn’t matter what the job is, make a commitment to give it your all. Don’t hesitate to show up early and to stay late. Always be willing to do more than what’s expected, and do it gladly, joyfully, with a sincere heart. It is the energy that results from the demonstration of that level of excellence that will catapult us into the next stage of our unfolding.

 

Key #5

Cultivate An Unshakable Spiritual Trust

Let’s remember to simply trust our Source. We live, move, and have our being in God. So when, in the mere outer, it appears as if something’s not working out, if it feels like we’ve hit a dead end, or if we think we’re going in circles and everything is falling apart, that’s simply a sign that it’s time to release and let go.

Not let go of the dream. Not let go of the vision. But to let go of how we think it “should” be happening.

You may recall, I said in Part One that “how” is not our business. So let’s learn to let go and let God. Remember that, no matter what the vision, in the mind of God it’s already done. So if the path towards the dream is turning out a little different from what we expected, let us seek to realize that it’s all perfect.

All of us are exactly where we need to be, right now at this very moment, in order for us to learn, to grow, to evolve, and to become who we will need to be in order to fulfill our destiny.

  • Embodiment

The following affirmative treatment, repeated with conviction on a regular basis, will anchor these new heart and mind sets in your awareness. You may want to change the wording in any way that feels natural to you. The exact words do not matter. What matters is feeling the powerful energy behind them!

I give thanks for the insights that are taking root in my awareness. I give thanks for the guidance I have received, and I am open and receptive to all the signs and all the clues that my beloved Source is seeking to bring into my experience. I give thanks that I am cultivating an unshakable spiritual trust. I KNOW that I live, move, and have my being in a field of Infinite Possibilities, and it is with this awareness that any old thoughts of fear, doubt, and worry; any thoughts of lack, limitation and scarcity, are being dissolved, for they can no longer live in the higher vibration of my being. I commit to excellence in all areas of my life. I commit to being the very best me I can be. I commit to activating my full potential. For this and so much more I give eternal thanks, and I allow it to be. Thankfully and joyously. And so it is. Amen

Much Love and Blessings to you!

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The Divine Life Principle is forever expressing and revealing Itself all throughout the Cosmos. Its nature is to always expand and demonstrate more of Its beauty.

We may see this Principle unfolding when we take the time to pause and look at a beautiful rose. We may see It when we watch a beautiful sunset.

We may see It when we look into the eyes of a beloved. Or into the eyes of any fellow traveler on this grand adventure called Life.

It is seeking to express and reveal Itself in new and wondrous ways through every single one of us. Yet we have been given the gift of free will, which means that our willingness is required.

We must be willing to go with the stream of Life, to allow Its rivers to gently guide us to our destiny. Or we may get caught in some resistance pattern made up of conditioned thought forms revolving around fear, scarcity, lack, and limitation.

The spiritual journey is always one of moving away from fear towards a fuller embodiment of Love.

As such it serves us well to sit every day to consciously release any and all patterns of limitation, and to then surrender to that which is seeking to emerge in, through, and as us.

So right now, at this very moment, pause for a few seconds, and allow yourself to declare your sacred and joyous “Yes!”

You are saying to the Universe that you are willing to activate your fullest potential. You are willing to become more fully yourself. You are willing to let your life blossom into the wondrous work of art that it is meant to be.

Allow yourself to make this part of your daily practice.

You will be glad you did.

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Two of the most powerful words that we can ever think, say, or embody, are: “Thank you.”

Whenever we are thankful, whenever we feel appreciation for something or for someone, we are actually creating a powerful vibratory field that will allow more things for which we may be thankful to flow into our experience.

Gratitude is an affirmative mental approach to Life. We shall make it a habit to say, “Thank you,” and we shall make it a habit to say it often. We have been given the keys of the kingdom, and we shall enter its gates with praise and thanksgiving.

So let us become joyous appreciators, always on the lookout for good. Always anticipating more to appreciate. Always ready to sing a song of praise, for we know that Life is good, and all is God.

And the highest form of gratitude is simply being thankful, not for anything in particular, but much rather for the gift of Life Itself.

When we can be thankful simply for the fact that we exist, when we can appreciate nothing other than that we are here, that the Divine Life Principle is powerfully flowing through every fiber of our Being, that’s when we will have entered the highest form of ecstatic appreciation.

So, my friends, be of good cheer. For you have been given the grandest gift of them all. The gift of Life Forevermore. And Life Forevermore is always seeking to express and reveal Its grandeur through you.

And how sweet the taste of that is!

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One of the things we need to cultivate in order for us to live our lives at our highest potential is a regular spiritual practice. Spiritual practice simply means setting aside some time each day to consciously focus our awareness towards that which is Real and Eternal. Spiritual practice can include, but is not limited to, meditation, affirmative prayer, contemplation, spiritual study, as well as making ourselves available to and tuning into the highest vision for our lives.

Simply put, spiritual practice is what plugs us back into our Source and recharges our spiritual batteries! It’s what allows us to then bring this higher awareness – the awareness resulting from our fully charged and fully functional spiritual batteries – into our day to day lives. It’s what keeps us from walking around as sleepwalkers, merely coming from a place of reacting to the world of sensory phenomenon, to actually walking in an awareness of Reality with a capital “R.”

And as this higher state of awareness begins to be from where we live our lives – as we consciously begin to live, move, and have our being in it – we begin to realize that there is a perfect spiritual idea, held within the Mind of God, for everyone and everything in existence. And furthermore, we develop the ability to be able to see this perfect spiritual idea – which is the embodiment of highest potentiality – regardless of what our physical senses are showing us at any given moment.

This is what True Vision is all about. What I’m referring to as “blind sight” is simply looking at life merely through the five senses. It’s how many people still live their lives. Yet True Vision is a step up on the evolutionary ladder. It is where we begin to realize that there is much more to life than what we can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. True Vision is, in fact, what Jesus the Christ alluded to when he declared, “Let those who have eyes to see, see! Let those who have ears to hear, hear!”

  • Demonstrating True Vision

So what does True Vision look like? Let’s say you’re perceiving an individual that may not be demonstrating their highest potential because, maybe they’re doing something you think is inappropriate, or maybe they’re acting in a way you’ve perceived to be rude or offensive – whatever your mind is telling you about the situation.

If you can learn to perceive this individual with True Vision, you will be able to look beyond what is seemingly happening on the surface level. You will no longer merely see what your mind may have labeled as a rude or obnoxious person, and instead you will have a very real and powerful sense that, though it might be clouded up, though it may be hard to make out, beneath the surface, beneath the debris field of past experience, there is nothing less than the Holy Presence of the Divine emanating from that being.

Perhaps they have temporarily forgotten who they are and are displaying this in their actions, but with your higher awareness you will be able to remember for them. By doing this you are imparting a great gift to yourself and this other individual who, in Reality, is not separate from you at all.

The spiritual textbook, A Course in Miracles, states that, “Every attack is a call for help.” So by perceiving this other being as who they truly are, despite of what the surface mind is telling you about them, you are in fact answering this call for help, which is nothing less than the call for love.

So perhaps the best way of summing this up is to say that instead of feeling the need to judge, you will find that you are able to feel a sense of compassion.

Compassion is simply the understanding of the lack of understanding in another.

Compassion does not mean that we necessarily condone their actions, but it does mean that we are no longer drawn into some robot-like lower consciousness reactive pattern. Instead of unconscious reaction, we find we are able to hold the space from which we are able to consciously respond.

  • Embodiment

Today I am willing to demonstrate True Vision in my life. I am able and willing to look beyond what my physical senses may be telling me, and I am open to receiving all the guidance, all the insight, and all the inspiration necessary to step up to the next level of my spiritual evolution. I release any and all thoughts of judgment, anger, or resentment, any thoughts of lack, limitation, and scarcity, and I allow my heart to be filled with peace, the very peace that passeth all understanding. I know that God, Ineffable Divine Source, Universal Beloved, only sees Beauty and Perfection, and it is with this understanding that I now heal any and all false perceptions within my own awareness. I may have been blind, but now I see. The Spirit in me is helping me to see. I can see. I can see clearly. And I’m liking what I’m seeing! For this and so much more I give thanks and I simply allow it to be. And so it is. Amen.

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As we move along our path of spiritual growth and self-discovery, it is helpful to remind ourselves from time to time that the creative impulse of the universe is Love.

Love is the power that creates and sustains infinite worlds.

Love is the experience of Oneness and Unity.

Love is being able to see oneself in the other.

For Love knows that, in truth, there is no “other.”

Everything, seen and unseen, has originated from a Source that could be described as pure, infinite, unbounded, unconditional Love. A radiant, non-local field of indescribable light, beauty, bliss, and perfection.

Yet for us to be able to perceive this, we must be willing to let go of anything that would obstruct our vision. We must be able to see beyond the debris field of the past, and return to that state of sweet, loving, and joyous innocence that we see in little children.

The only reason we’re able to perceive such innocence is because it is within us.

At our core, the sweet innocence of the little child is who we are, regardless of our physical age.

We learn to see with clarity by letting go of the only thing that could ever block and distort our vision: fear.

But fear is not real.

It’s merely the absence of Love.

As darkness is the absence of Light.

As such, fear and darkness have no power of their own.

Fear comes in many disguises. Anger, hatred, doubt, worry, and other similar lower energy frequencies.

But as we simply switch on the light, something amazing happens. Darkness disappears.

And as we choose Love, fear disappears.

This must become our conscious practice then.

To choose to be the Light. To choose only Love.

So let us have the courage to shine our Light wherever we go. Let us shine it freely, and let us watch as its radiance lights up the world.

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The fourth and final part of this Best Year Of Your Life series is all about letting go of judging ourselves, letting go of comparing ourselves to others, and simply deciding to shine our own light fully and completely. It’s about embracing who we are, loving who we are, and then becoming the full embodiment of our highest potential through the sharing of our gifts, skills, and talents. Here are the links to the previous entries, if you would like to revisit them:

From the Comfort Zone to the Excellence Zone

Enlarging our Capacity to Receive & Surrendering to the Great Unfolding

Living for the Joy of Giving

And now, let’s wrap this thing up:

  • Understanding Your Uniqueness

In order for us to fully unlock all of our potential, it’s important that we realize our own uniqueness. Did you know that you are completely and totally unique? There is no one else who is exactly like you anywhere in the world. Almost seven billion people on the planet, but only one you. There is no one else who has your unique sensibilities, your unique point of view, your life experiences. You are truly one of a kind.

So easily we can get caught up in comparing ourselves to others. We notice something that we like in someone else, and then we start wanting to be like them. If only we could have their skills, their talents, their strengths. If only we could just be a little more like that. But whenever we think in such ways, we are giving away the gift of our own uniqueness. We’re trading in our own unique nature in order to try and be like someone else.

If we truly want to unleash our full potential, it’s important that we let go of comparing, and instead decide to be the only person we can ever be in this particular lifetime: ourselves.

Of course it’s great to have role models. I have quite a few of them myself. They are the ones that inspire us, we look to them as examples of what’s possible. Oftentimes they may act as our mentors, we may learn a great deal from them, and we may certainly be influenced by them. But there is a difference between looking up to a person we admire, and attempting to emulate that person.

Sure, in some cases we may even be quite similar. But we must always remember that, despite that, we are all on our own unique journey. It does no good to compare our own life journey to that of someone else. In fact, someone once said, “comparison is the fast track to misery.” And nothing could be more true.

Whenever pondering the idea of uniqueness, I love to think about the snowflake analogy.

Did you know that there are no two snowflakes that are exactly alike? Consider for a moment the countless numbers of snowflakes that form all across the world all throughout the year. At first glance they may all look the same. But if you were to examine each of them under a microscope, you’d find that not only are snowflakes made up of absolutely beautiful frozen crystal structures, but every single one of them is unique in the way and shape that these crystals are formed.

Well, and just like all snowflakes are unique, every single one of us is unique. And regardless of what experiences we may have had, regardless of what conditioning we may have picked up along the way, regardless of how flawed we may think we are, the truth is we are all perfect just the way we are.

In fact, let’s dig a little deeper into this idea of our own perfection. Are you ready for this? Are you truly willing to remind yourself of what at the soul-level you already know? Okay. Then here we go:

We are all unique ways in which Divine Intelligence is expressing and experiencing Itself right here on earth. Every single one of us is a unique idea in the mind of God, and as such we are all perfect just as we are. We are unique ways in which Love, Divine Beauty, Creativity, and GENIOSITY are happening on this planet.

Allow yourself to just take that in.

Does that resonate with you on some level?

Allow yourself to be reminded today of Who You Really Are. Allow yourself to remember that your existence didn’t begin with your birth in time in space. How could that even be? You’re not merely what you can see and feel with your physical senses. You are not a collection of flesh and bones that’s somehow learned to walk and talk and think and imagine and create and have dreams.

The truth is you are an eternal, infinite, timeless Being. You are pure Divine Intelligence. You are made up of pure one hundred percent God. That’s what’s meant by we are made in the image and likeness of God.

And, friends, you’re not here because you fell off a cloud, or because you have to prove yourself “worthy.” You are here BECAUSE YOU CHOSE TO BE HERE!

You’re here because you knew that coming here would be a great adventure! You knew at one point that life is an adventure that’s forever unfolding, and you knew that the very life you’re living right now would add immeasurably to your own joyous growth and expansion, and to the expansion of ALL THAT IS!

You came to this planet at this time in human history because you said you were going to express your gifts, skills, and talents; you said you were going to be a blessing by simply being yourself; you said you were going to become the embodiment of the Divine Qualities of Love, Joy, Health, Well-being, Prosperity, Harmony, Creativity, Beauty, Wisdom, Peace, and Eternal Joyous Expansion! You said you were going to let it rip!

You chose the exact time in history in which you’d be born; you chose your gender, your personality traits, your dreams and preferences; you chose your gifts, skills, and talents. And you made all of these choices from a vantage point that’s not limited to space, time, and the five senses. Much rather, you made these choices from the full, wondrous, limitless vantage point of the Infinite Being that you truly are!

Now. Ain’t it just grand to actually know this? Seriously. Isn’t it amazing to just even be considering the possibility?

Because the truth is, most people have become so fully absorbed in matters of space and time, the material things of life, that they’ve completely forgotten that they came from beyond space and time. They’ve lost touch with their connection to this broader perspective.

Let’s make a decision that that’s not going to be you and me!

Let’s decide that we’re going to live our lives from this place of heightened awareness, this place of remembrance. Let’s decide that we’re going to live what we’ve been calling the awakened life. Let’s decide that we’re going to live a conscious life.

A life lived consciously is one of the greatest gifts we could ever give to ourselves, and one of the most magnificent blessings we could ever receive.

  • Fall In Love With Your Magnificent Self

Once we’re able to get back to remembering the truth of ourselves and our reality, it becomes easier to perceive our own intrinsic perfection. Once we can truly begin to grasp that our life is not an accident, and that we are not at the mercy of forces that are external to us, we can begin to see that just perhaps we’re okay just the way we are. Just maybe we can start to let go of looking at what we think are our flaws and shortcomings, and we can start to notice that we’re actually doing just fine.

As I sat down to write this article, I felt guided and inspired to simply just remind us all of Who We Really Are. Because if we want to make 2012 our best year yet, if we want to go beyond all past limitation, if we want to live our lives at our highest potential, it’s important that we can love that person that we see every time we look in the mirror.

Begin to embrace the fact that your journey is uniquely yours. Realize that, just like the snowflake, you are completely unique, one of a kind, and like the snowflake’s crystal structures, absolutely beautiful and magnificent.

Start to consider that all the experiences you’ve had were necessary to simply get you to where you wanted to go. Start to realize that whatever your dreams are, whatever your aspirations, you are never as far off course as you may have thought. In fact, you are exactly where you need to be right now.

The entire Universe, All That Is, is supporting you in getting you to where you want to go. The life of your dreams truly is the life you came here to live!

And if you’re facing a challenge, have the courage to open yourself up to the idea that just perhaps there’s something for you to learn, just perhaps there’s an opportunity there for you to become more fully yourself. Start looking for the gift. Begin to ask, “What Divine Quality is seeking to emerge through me here?” And then make yourself available to it. By doing that, you are letting go of being a victim, and instead you begin to take charge of your life once again.

  • Shine Your Light, Sing Your Song, Dance Your Dance

Remember some of these questions that I asked in the post on ?

What are the things you enjoy doing?

What are you drawn to?

What are you passionate about?

What is it that you absolutely love?

The answers to these questions are signs that are pointing you towards your very reason for being here. So decide that you’re going to shine your light, sing your song, and dance your dance. Decide that you’re going to do what you came here to do. And let’s together declare these statements of intent:

“I choose to embrace the unique and wondrous nature of my own Being! I love myself, I appreciate myself, and I choose to fully shine my Light in my own, wonderfully unique way! I am available to what wants to unfold in my life! I am available to become the full embodiment of my highest potential! I know that I am One with All That Is, I know that my nature is one of Love, Light, and Beauty; and I am open to receiving the guidance and direction of my Highest Self! I am here to live an extraordinary life! I am here to live a joyous life! I am here to fully express all of my gifts, skills, and talents! I give thanks that this is now so, and with deep appreciation, I simply allow it to be! And so it is!”

  • Wrap Up

I hope you’ve found this Best Year Of Your Life series helpful. Of course all of this applies at any time throughout the year, so regardless of when you read this, I hope you find it helpful. ;)

Feel free to post comments, responses, or questions in the comments section bellow. Naturally, everything that’s said here can only truly be beneficial if it’s applied on a regular basis. So experiment with it. Take what resonates with you and put it to use in whatever way feels right to you. And please also feel free to share any of the material on this blog as you see fit. The idea is to collectively create this shift in how we look at ourselves and our life, break past any and all old limitations, and start living the extraordinary lives we’re all here to live.

May you be blessed beyond your wildest expectations!

May 2012 be your best year yet!

Much Love and Blessings to you!

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One of the most powerful tools that we can apply in our day to day lives in order to experience more peace, joy, and lasting happiness, is the tool of observing stillness.

Most people are trapped in the prison of the conditioned mind, yet they do not realize this. Their attention is constantly focused on thinking.

This thinking either involves obsessing over the past or the future, or it involves complaining in one form or another.

Whenever we’re in such a state of mind, we’ve allowed ourselves to get identified with thinking, thus the mind has taken us hostage. We’ve forgotten that we are not our thoughts.

We are the observing presence, the field of awareness in which thinking happens.

An easy way to notice this is to just become still. Just stop. Just for a few moments. You can do it right now. Allow yourself to become completely present. And then observe whatever thoughts arise. Just allow them to be.

Notice them.

Watch them.

With no judgement.

Just let them be.

They’re drifting by like clouds in the sky.

As you learn to do this, you will find that, gradually, the mental chatter will begin to clear away, and you will experience moments of pure stillness.

And in that stillness you will notice something extraordinary:

When all thoughts cease, you are still there.

The thoughts are gone, but you remain.

That is because you are not your thoughts.

With this realization, you learn to not always take your thoughts so seriously, particularly when they become infused with negativity.

All forms of negativity are merely conditioned mind patterns.

You learn to see beyond the patterns.

You learn to see beyond the clouds of illusions.

You learn to rediscover the Real You that lives in a space beyond all thought, beyond all judgement, and beyond all negativity; it lives in that space that so many of us have forgotten even exists. The space of eternal stillness.

That space is pure bliss, pure love, pure joy.

It’s your home.

And it’s your natural state of being.

May you experience this profound peace in your life each and every day!

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One of the most powerful and most important constants at work in the Universe is the Law of Circulation, or as it’s also known, the Law of Attraction. It’s one of the most important constants because it affects our lives in each and every moment. In fact, it’s the process through which we create our lives in each and every moment, whether we’re doing so consciously or not.

For a definition of universal laws please refer to my previous post on the subject of beyond belief, Getting Down To The Heart Of Matters. But just to briefly recap, when we’re talking about universal laws, we are referring to constants that exist regardless of whether or not we believe in them. I had used the law of gravity to illustrate this. Gravity exists. We all know it does, and so belief in it is not necessary.

Just as there are universal laws in our physical time/space reality, there are universal spiritual laws. And the Law of Attraction is without a doubt the one that is at the heart of all our experiences.

The Law of Attraction has become widely known after the success of the 2006 movie, The Secret. You may have seen it. If you haven’t, you most likely have heard about it. But while The Secret was merely the mainstream population’s introduction to the idea that we create our own reality, in truth the Law of Attraction is an ancient principle that dates as far back as recorded history.

This principle says that what goes around, comes around. Our thoughts, beliefs, and expectations literally become the things and events of our life.

And this, my friends, could not be more true.

We’ve all heard it in one form or another. I have yet to meet someone who claims the opposite, that our thoughts do not impact our life whatsoever. But what I think many of us may not realize is just how powerful this principle is. Because the truth is, our thoughts do not only impact our experience of life.

Our thoughts, beliefs, and expectations are what are CREATING our experience of life!

But remember, this isn’t about merely taking on a new belief. This is about developing a knowing. Because if you want to take charge of your life, you must let go of any and all doubt. So I invite you to examine this a little closer. Oftentimes it’s easier to notice these things in others. Look at the people in your life. Aren’t their lives basically a representation of what they think, believe, and expect? You may have noticed that the people who are dissatisfied, worried, and upset, will always have something to be dissatisfied, worried, and upset about. Conversely, the people who are happy and joyous will always have something to be happy and joyous about.

But there’s something here that most of us have backwards.

We use the physical manifestations in our lives to support whatever our beliefs, thoughts, and expectations are. We look at outside reality and whatever shape it takes as the verification of our beliefs.

Yet any physical manifestation, no matter what it may be, is merely a REFLECTION of our beliefs, thoughts, and expectations.

Not realizing this always leads to dysfunction because, inevitably, we will try to change the physical circumstances without changing our internal state of being first. This creates the illusion that there’s an outside force or power that we have to overcome in order to be successful, happy, healthy, and fulfilled.

But there’s another approach to life. One that is more effective, less strenuous, and it always yields better results. And that is to look at every event, every circumstance or interaction, in fact everything that surrounds you, as merely a reflection of your internal state of being. It’s just like the reflection in the mirror.

  • The Physical Universe as your Spiritual Mirror

Imagine for a moment that you went to your bathroom mirror one morning and, for one reason or another, you didn’t like the reflection it was showing you. Maybe you felt you were looking messy or for some reason you didn’t like the way your hair looked that particular day. Now, what if your response to that unwanted image in the mirror was to simply smash the mirror, and then go about your day?

That would be pretty crazy, right?

But metaphysically speaking, people are walking around, smashing mirrors all the time, yet failing to do something about what’s causing the unwanted reflection. And the cause is always our internal state of being; it’s our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and expectations that are being reflected back to us.

Spiritually speaking, the physical universe is just like a mirror, always reflecting back to us what’s going on inside of us. As we begin to awaken to deeper levels of awareness, we start to realize that we are always at cause. As a result, we realize that complaining, faultfinding, or taking on a victim mentality, is always useless and simply a waste of time and energies. And moreover, it perpetuates the experience, always bringing us more of the unwanted.

So our task must be to instead change what’s going on inside. Rather than smashing the mirror, we can use the mirror. After all, the mirror is our friend. Imagine if you had to comb your hair, shave, or put on makeup with no mirror. You would have no way of knowing how effective your actions were, because you would have no way of knowing how you looked.

Well, in the same way that we use our bathroom mirror, we can use our spiritual mirror. We can use it as a feedback system that lets us know what our dominant internal state is.

And, as always, there is no judgement involved. The mirror doesn’t say, “Look at you, you just can’t get it right. Why are you even trying?” The mirror simply presents us with an accurate and non-judgmental reflection of ourselves.

Bellow are some easy steps that you can take on a day to day basis to start using your spiritual mirror in a way that will be beneficial to you and to what you’re seeking to create in your life.

1. Focus your attention on what you want

Most people have been conditioned to keep their attention on what they don’t want, be it through expressing their disapproval, complaining, or simply discussing it with pretty much everyone they know. A better way of using our spiritual mirror is to simply acknowledge whatever unwanted condition there is, accept it, and from this place of peaceful acceptance we then choose to place our attention on how we’d rather like things to turn out now. What we’re doing is creating a shift in energy that will begin to bring us into alignment with the change that we’d like to experience.

2. Visualize

One of the most powerful tools to help us create any change is the tool of visualization. Whenever you visualize or imagine something, your subconscious mind does not know the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined. Over time this will have a profound impact on your internal state of being. And remember, once your internal state of being shifts, the reflections surrounding you must shift as well. It’s universal law.

3. Become more aware of how you feel

Our emotions are always an indicator of what’s going on inside of us. They always let us know whether we’re focused on something wanted, or if our attention is on something unwanted. By simply stopping a few times throughout the day and noticing how we feel, we begin to raise our level of awareness. This puts us back in a place of being able to choose. Because by simply noticing that our attention has moved towards something unwanted, we can then change that by turning our attention towards something that is more pleasing.

4. Write down things you’re thankful for

This is one of the most powerful things we can do. By spending some time every day to write down things we’re thankful for, we’re training ourselves to focus more in the direction of what’s wanted. Whenever we feel true gratitude and appreciation, we’re literally sending out a signal to the Universe, asking for more things to be thankful for.

5. Think thoughts that are beneficial

We are not at the mercy of our thoughts. We can always choose to think a new thought, we can always choose to think thoughts that reflect the Divine Qualities of Love, Joy, Appreciation, and Well-being, rather than thoughts that reflect limitation. We can always choose to think thoughts of possibility, rather than thoughts of despair. Make it a habit to think more intentionally throughout the day. Rather than considering worst case scenarios, consider best case scenarios. Think about all the ways that things could turn out in your favor. Think about all the reasons for why you’re bound to succeed in whatever it is you’re pursuing. Begin to ponder your own limitless Divine nature, and train yourself to become more consciously aware that the Universe is reflecting your thoughts back to you.

As always, I hope you find this helpful. There are many more ways to create internal shifts, but these are certainly some of the more basic approaches.

I would love to hear from you with any comments or feedback you may have. Are you new to this kind of thinking? Or do you already have some experience with the Law of Attraction? Do you visualize and/or keep a gratitude journal?

Here’s to living our lives at our fullest potential!

Until next time.

Much Love and Blessings to you!

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