Category: Giving

Enthusiasm And Love

“Enthusiasm is the divine particle in our composition:
with it we are great, generous, and true;
without it, we are little, false, and mean.”

 — Letitia Landon

[Classic post from 10-11-13]

I think of the word enthusiasm as being the same as the word, loving. If you have enthusiasm for what you do, you are loving what you do. If you have enthusiasm for your life, you are loving your life. From the original Greek, it also means to be inspired, and with God, which is a good reason that we feel so good when we are enthused, inspired, and in the action of loving.

It is good and helpful to listen to our own talk sometimes in order to hear the tone in how we say what we say as well as the content. Sharing complaints with others is a sure sign of lack of enthusiasm. As Steve Jobs said, and I paraphrase slightly, “too many days of that and I need to reconsider what I am doing.”

I'll never forget hiring an experienced salesman when I was a young sales manager. He was somewhat older and had been in the business for a number of years. Within a couple of days, I could overhear him complaining about the dealership out on the showroom floor. I immediately called him into the office and fired him on the spot. The last thing I needed was someone bringing that mood and tone into my organization. He was shocked, but I'm sure it was temporary and I don't think it changed him, but I wasn't going to allow him to change us.

My grandmother used to tell me, “if you can't say anything nice, better to say nothing at all.” As good as that statement is, it is not the best answer. The best answer is to do what pleases you. If life is anything, it is to be enjoyed. What is the point of going to work in an industry you don't like, a job you don't want to do, and then complain about what your situation is? If you don't like a part of it, perhaps you can sell off that part, hire someone to do that part, renegotiate so you don't have to do that part anymore. If it can't be parted out (car talk), then something new is appropriate and in order.

Life is way too short to do what you have to. Do what you want to. Find a way. There is always a way when you make the decision to move toward what you love.

Be Enthusiastic. Enjoy Your Time On This Wonderful Planet. It May Not Seem This Way, But It Is Always Your Choice To Choose.

Spread Some Joy Today–Enthusiasm is so contagious.

Am I A Sounding Board For Discontent?

“There is no reason
to deliberately stir up problems
in order to stir up solutions.” 

— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

[Classic post from 4-1-16]

Sometimes a friend, or loved one is, in our opinion, going off course, and we want to be of assistance to help get them back on track. They are focused on problems and we want solutions, but often, the problems are the dominant discussion in our communications with them. It is what is, after all. It is easy to discuss what is. We often call that reality, truth, what is real, what is. Yet, regardless of how adept we get at discussing or analyzing the problem, the solutions can only come by turning away from the problem and on to the potential solutions.

We want to help. It’s a friend. It’s a family member. It’s a loved one. It’s natural to want to help, but again, what is typically done here is discussing the problems at length.

Abraham, Esther Hicks explains, “If you allow yourself to be the sounding board for your friend’s problems, your power of influence will be paltry, and you will be of no value to your friend.” 

“You are of no discernible assistance to your troubled friend unless you are able to focus in the direction of the solution. In the direction of what he wants, or in the direction of what you desire for him. If you are determined to feel good and are able to focus in the direction of improvement for him despite his continual prodding at this problem, your power of influence toward improvement will be powerful.” 

They continue: “It is important to realize that the negative emotion that you often feel when you are worried about a troubled friend is actually present because your focus is pulling you apart from yourself. Your friend may be the reason for your focus, but your friend is not the reason you are pulling against yourself. Your focus is the reason for that. Looking for positive aspects and expecting good outcomes for your friends is the only way you can be of value to them, for there is no action that you can offer that is strong enough to buck your current of negative attention.” 

Without a doubt in me, the most important and depth-reaching part of the Teachings of Abraham is what they call the Emotional Guidance System. In simple terms, when we are feeling positive emotions, we are in alignment with our inner being, the God within, or whatever terminology for that you prefer. They prefer Inner Being just to keep it simple. And, when we are feeling negative emotion, that emotion is an indication of being out of alignment with our Inner Being. You could also use the term Inner Knowing, or God Connection.

Sometimes people say to me that feeling good is not the end-all. No, that would be constant negative emotion. But, what they mean is that the emotions are not a guidance system at all, but only something we feel. Yet, if you were to test it for a time in earnest, I am convinced you will find that what they are teaching and I am expressing is a perfect and accurate description of how to control our own lives, and how to be an influence on others.

When we look at a friend or loved one–in fact, whatever we focus on–will cause us to have thoughts about what we are seeing or experiencing. And those thoughts as compared to our Inner Being’s thoughts about us, are either a match or within a similar vibrational vicinity, or they are not. When they are, we could be said to be following God’s will for us, being guided by Angels, or the Universal Mind. When we are not in alignment, we are resisting, struggling, and the negative emotion we are feeling is that indication.

As we see a friend or relative in a place that looks painful for them, and it is also for us if we focus on where they are, we are pretty much helpless to be of assistance, but when we focus on our own alignment first, as in the airline instructions to put your oxygen mask on first, then help others, we can be of service. Then from our own alignment, we can imagine the friend or loved one in the place that is in their best interests for themselves, or in our best imagining of our vision of that healthy, and joyous, whole person.

As we pay attention to this guidance, our lives get better and better and better, and those around us get better and better and better. Those that don’t, disappear.

Being Helpful Means Focusing On The Help, Not The Hurt. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by creating your own joy, then sharing it with the world around you.

Celebrating Our Abundance!

“In the realm of abundance,
there is no such thing as a fair share.
Heck, there’s no such thing as share.
All there is, is all there is.
There is no need for more,
and no such thing as less.
In fact, there is no need.”

Albert K. Strong

Today is the perfect day and now is the perfect time (now is always the perfect time!) to celebrate your abundance. You can celebrate mine if you like, or others you know, and we will celebrate with you, yet, today and right now it is so important for you to celebrate your abundance. We each have abundance in our lives. We are abundant. Sharing that abundance is what helps others to recognize their own abundance. Let’s make it an abundance-fest!

Not feeling your abundance? The first place to look is your rulebook. We all have rules about abundance. It’s good to look at those rules from time to time. Many of those rules may be clouding your vision. You don’t need glasses or better glasses. No. You probably need to change your rules.

Here’s an idea! Get rid of them entirely! No more rules. No more layers of dogma covering your abundance. Now it will be open and alive and visible to all. Yes! How exciting that is!

Some rules may be that abundance must be a number. Hmm. It is estimated that there are about 30 trillion cells in each of our bodies. Is 30 trillion a good numerical amount? How about 2,190,000? Is that a good numerical amount? That’s how many thoughts most of us have in a year. That’s about 6,000 per day. Whew! Some of us are thinking a lot of thoughts! How about 86,400? Good number? That’s how many seconds each of us has in a day. Wow. A year would be… a big number!

Rules, rules, rules. We create so many rules that limit our possibilities and then complain that we are not getting our share, and in truth, we are all so abundant.

Maybe we think abundance must be prosperity? We are all prosperous as we choose. I love Albert K. Strong’s thought on that: “Prosperity is very simply, and most pleasantly, a state of mind.” That means it is a perspective or a way of looking at things. 

OK. Prosperity. How much love do you have to give? You have an infinite supply! How much kindness do you have available to you? More than you have time to give away. How much joy can you have if you allowed yourself to have joy? Far more than you can possibly spread or feel. 

I recently republished Thomas Troward’s insightful and inspiring piece called The Spirit of Opulence. Here is just a snipit that fits well here:

“If we clearly realize that the creative power in ourselves is unlimited, then there is no reason for limiting the extent to which we may enjoy what we can create by means of it. Where we are drawing from the infinite, we need never be afraid of taking more than our share. That is not where the danger lies. The danger is in not sufficiently realizing our own richness, and in looking upon the externalized products of our creative power as being the true riches instead of the creative power of spirit itself.”

We all have abundance in our lives and it is up to us to recognize and celebrate that abundance. I celebrate your abundance as I celebrate my own. We all live in such an abundant world.

The Ultimate Giving Back

“Appreciation and love and alignment to that which is Source, is the ultimate “giving back,” so to speak. In your pain and struggle, you have nothing to give back. Many complain of unfairness or injustice when they see some people receiving greatly but offering seemingly little effort, while others who work very hard often show very little success–but the Law of Attraction is always consistently just. What you are living is always an exact replication of your vibrational patterns of thought. Nothing could be more fair than life as you are living it, for as you are thinking, you are vibrating, and as you are vibrating, you are attracting–and so you are always getting back the essence of what you are giving.”

— Abraham, Esther Hicks

Relationships

Everything about living or being alive is about relationships. Even if we were to imagine ourselves as alone and the only person alive on the planet, it would still be true that it is all about relationships. If I am alone, I still have the single most important relationship we ever have which I can choose to ignore but cannot forsake. That is my relationship with my inner being, or my higher self, or the God within, my soul, or any of the hundreds of ways to view that connection and my relationship to it and in it.

This scenario helps to solidify the idea that as I am in alignment within my primary relationship, I may be beneficial and be benefited by relationships with other people.

As I am choosing (it is always a choice) to align within myself to my higher self, I feel the resonating vibration that indicates that alignment, and my emotional state of feeling good also helps indicate I am aligned within. As I choose to be out of alignment for whatever reason I am choosing, I feel the discord of that choice and it is reflected in my emotional state of feeling bad, off, or any of a long list of negative feelings such as frustration, anger, resentment, melancholy, depression, powerlessness, and more.

As we are feeling, or a more accurate way to say that is vibrating, we are attracting more of the same from within ourselves first and then from others outside of ourselves. The Law of Attraction is unerring in its help in drawing like vibrations to us. This applies equally and without prejudice to lower vibrations of disharmony and higher vibrations of complete alignment.

The old saying that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer is a perfect example of how the Law of Attraction aids in the expansion of the choice of mindset. Indeed, rich and poor are simply mindsets, or ideas and are reflected in feelings. Rich is not a condition, it is a state of mind, just as poor is not a condition but a state of mind. We may not have money, but that condition is not being poor. We may have a lot of money but that doesn’t cause us to be rich. Money is an object and being rich is an idea, or a thought, train of thought, mindset. Rich is then a choice or attitude as is being poor.

Whatever the status of alignment in our primary relationship, we will experience those attributes in all our other relationships. This is why people who have had unsatisfactory relationships and then leave that relationship in search of something more satisfying will attract very similar attributes of the relationship they thought they left behind. They haven’t yet come into alignment within so the without cannot change either. The very old wisdom, as within, so without is always true and will always be the wisest advice. Want the outside to change? We must change the inside first. It doesn’t matter if it is a husband and wife or the world order. The solution is always the same: As within, so without.

Giving Thanks. Being Thanksgiving.

“I am now knowing myself as in the Creator’s love.

I am now knowing myself as at one with the God that created me.

I am now accepting my will in alignment with the will of the Creator

and I am remembering myself as an aspect of God

in love

in alignment

and in wonder.”

— Paul Selig

Expressing Love

“I am love through all that I see before me.”

— Paul Selig

My journey in love continues to expand and grow as I continue to choose love, express love, be love. It is not a destination. It is a journey, and a truly magical and joyful journey as well.

Recently, I have taken this to a new level and practice. Every single person I see regardless of where I see them, I say to them in my mental voice, I love you! People out for a walk, in the grocery store, standing in line, at the stoplight, you name it. Wherever people are, I am telling them that I love them.

This is not a silly game. I am sincere when I say it. I’ve never met most of those I see and most likely will never meet them, and each and every one of them is, as I am, an aspect of the Divine, an aspect of God. We are individualized aspects of the same source. As I honor their presence and their divinity, I honor my own.

As you are willing to try this, you will find that you are completely amazed, delighted, joyful. You will feel loved. You will be sharing your own well of love with all that you see. Try it and you will see that I am telling it like it is.

Enjoy all those that are in your sight today! It keeps us from criticizing each other, judging, complaining, and much more. The blessings come back tenfold. Prepare for magic!

It Happens All The Time In Heaven

It happens all the time in heaven, and someday
it will begin to happen again on earth–

that men and women who are married, and
men and men who are lovers,

and women and women who give each other
light,

often will get down on their knees, and while
so tenderly holding their lover’s hand, with

tear-filled eyes, will sincerely say, “My dear,
how can I be more loving to you; my darling,

how can I be more kind?”

— Hafiz

Powerful Vitamins

“Always remember to take your vitamins:

Vitamin A for Action,
Vitamin B for Belief,
Vitamin C for Confidence,
Vitamin D for Discipline,
and Vitamin E for Enthusiasm!”

— Pablo

Maybe we could add vitamin K for Kindness, vitamin L for Loving, vitamin P for Persistence, vitamin S for Serving, and vitamin U for Understanding. . . or not. It was so well said already, wasn’t it?

Have You Taken Your Vitamins Today?

Spread Some Joy Today–by thinking loving thoughts!

Taking Stock

Sometimes I take stock and make lists. I've shared one before that at the top of the page in a notebook I write, “I love…” Then I start listing everything I can think of that I love regardless of what or who it may be. It is such a grand exercise and doesn't consume much time and has huge benefits, even into the future.

I've carried a notebook with me in my travels for a long time. I got the idea from Abraham, Esther Hicks which they call a book of positive aspects. In this book, I chose a few people and wrote down everything that I thought was positive about them. It is a delightful exercise in finding more joy and hidden treasures we may not ever think of. I just went through it the other day and found two new lists like the I love list. It is fascinating to look at those lists from 2014 today.

One list has at the top of the page, “I'm thankful for…” I filled in three pages. I won't burden you with the whole list, but here are some examples:

Music, guitar players, bass players, subwoofers, God, songs, songwriting, music recording, beautiful and unique voices, drummers, distorted guitar, egg sandwiches with pepper jack cheese, freedom, my emotional guidance system, my desk, my iPhone, telephones, the Internet, along with a lot of people.

The other list I titled, My Life, and wrote this at the top of the page: “I have learned so many things in a short period of time and I love learning still! Some of these are:” Then I started writing. Here are a few samples:

I've learned so much about the Internet! (In 2008 I started an Internet business), I've learned to feel joyful in struggle, I've expanded my capacity, I see a future so bright it burns my eyes!, I've learned that it is okay to focus on what I want instead of what others want for me, I can find joy in every day, It's okay to say no, I can remain calm even when others around me are panicking, I'm learning to be okay with me as I am, I'm learning to not make things a big hairy deal. It is OK. Things will turn out well, It's okay to let go of things.

I don't suggest doing this all the time or even regularly, yet taking stock from time to time and saving the lists so you can see where your head and heart were then is a surprising benefit.

Enjoy!

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