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In My Heart, Am I

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”

— Proverbs 23:7

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


— Albert Einstein

“A belief is simply a thought
you keep thinking.”


— Abraham, Esther Hicks

“As you believe in, so do you see out.
As you sow, so you reap.
That’s what that means.
The seeds you plant within yourself
are what you see growing
in the garden around you.
If you do not like the flowers you are growing,
then change your order of seed.
Plant something different,
and then something new will grow.
The inner is the outer.
If the outer is not the way you prefer it to be,
change the inner and the outer will follow.”


— Bashar, Darryl Anka

My Ever-Expanding Addiction

“When you say “Yes” to something,
you include something you do want in your experience.
When you say “No” to something,
you include something you don’t want in your experience.”

— Abraham, Esther Hicks

This is not about judgment. That is another subject entirely; however, it is about choice. It is very much about choice. It is all about choice, and the most wonderful news about that is that we all have that same exact power. Yes, the same exact power. No one has any more of it or any less of it than we do. We are all equal in our power of the choice of our thoughts. We may have practiced letting others influence us to one degree or another, but we are the chooser. We may even have practiced allowing others to choose for us by relinquishing our own power to them, but that is still our power that we chose to relinquish. We are still in power. We are still the chooser. We are still equal in our power with each other.

The title of this post is my ever-expanding addiction. I have become addicted and it is constantly expanding and becoming more addictive as my life unfolds. This addiction is a choice, as are all addictions. Yes and no are not judgments. They are choices. They are powerful and even life-changing choices. They are choices of focus. It is not good or bad. It is a choice of one or the other. Yet, it is not like a switch where one is on full and the other is off. There seems to be always a mix here. But, that is not important. What is important is the choice and that choice will be telling for sure and for certain.

My addiction started long ago and has been expanding all this time. Now it is ruling my life as addictions often do. My addiction is appreciation. It is gratitude. It culminates in joy.

Years ago I began to learn to appreciate more. When I say more I mean more than that which pleased me. It is so easy to appreciate what pleases us. It is not even a conscious choice. We like it, it pleases us, and so we appreciate it. My real addiction began when I chose consciously to appreciate something that was outside of those unconscious pleasures. I began to see with new eyes. I began to look for things to appreciate about something I may not have given a second thought to. That decision changed my life and yet I knew not how much it changed or how powerful the change was until I began practicing full time.

As my practice grew, I grew. It brought me such grand pleasure once I let go of all the rules and just began saying yes. Now it is an addiction that I cannot kick, nor would I have any desire to do so. I now am in constant appreciation. It has become a huge part of my life.

Focus is one way to see this. I can focus on the pothole or I can focus on the road. I can focus on the long line I’m waiting in or I can focus on the opportunity it gives me to practice my patience. I can focus on what I don’t like, or I can focus or even find what I do like. Again, it is not about right or wrong, good or bad, it is simply and powerfully a choice of focus. As I choose to focus on the pothole, I can continue with my choice to see that pothole with new eyes and to see the opportunity that the pothole is providing me. This excites me even more until I am in a state of total appreciation. I choose. I am choosing. I have the same exact power as you or any other. I choose this addiction. It has become the best aspect of my life so far.

Playing In The Mud

“Anything you desire,
the Universe can find a way to let it happen
within the context of people’s natural, joyful desires.
It must be, for this is a joy-based Universe.

And so, as you watch children

playing in the mud and having great joy in it,
you might not enjoy playing in the mud, but they do.

And so, there’s somebody enjoying
doing something you don’t want to do.
And that pretty much applies to everything.
There’s someone who would enjoy doing every thing

that you don’t want to do.

And if it really came down to where there was
really not one person willing to do that thing,
you would develop another way of approaching it.

There are a lot of things that were in your history
that you no longer participate in.
You left them behind
because no one wanted to do them.”

— Abraham, Esther Hicks

Believing It Is True

“The thought that you think,
you think,
which attracts to it;
so you think it some more,
which attracts to it;
so you think it some more.

In other words,
when you have an expectation,
you’ve got a dominant thought going on,
and Law of Attraction is going to deliver that to you
again, and again and again.
And you say,
“The reason that I believe this,
is because it is true.”
And we say,
the reason that you believe it,
is because you’ve practiced the thought.

All that a belief is,
is a thought that you keep practicing.”


— Abraham, Esther Hicks

Spread some joy today by realizing that joy is your natural dominion and that the only roadblock is practicing a belief that this is not the case. Stop. Pivot. Choose again. Joy is your dominion.

Love and Reprimand

“In order to experience peace instead of conflict,
it is necessary to shift our perception.
Instead of seeing others as attacking us,
we can see them as fearful.”


— Gerald G. Jampolsky
Love Is Letting Go Of Fear

This quote from one of my all-time favorite books is so powerful that it is worth reading again and again until our perception shifts. As we think someone or perhaps several are attacking us, the trained response would be to go into defensive mode. We judge the attacker and we fantasize about their intentions and motives. We sound the alarm inside and as we think about defending ourselves, our honor, our territory, we go into war mode. What is that old adage about the battle? The best defense is a good offense. We become the attacker also. On and on it goes expanding and spreading like cancer that is taking over our body.

Yet as we are willing to not become attached to the attack and give it no energy, we can take the wonderful choice to see the attacker as not an attacker but someone who is fearful and perhaps even taken over by fear. Fear is where all battles exist. They cannot exist in love. Once we can see what is going on as a choice between love and fear, we can choose love. We can see that the one in fear is really calling for help and is, therefore, a request for love.

When we choose to see through the eyes of love, we cannot react habitually as we might have before. Now, we see the fear in the other and we choose not to be fearful and because we see with the eyes of love, we love them regardless of what they seem to be projecting. The title of Gerald’s book is a succinct and powerful phrase. Love really is letting go of fear. It is a choice. We can choose love. We all can.

The Neutral Zone

“Divesting meaning from memory…
This is how history can be healed.
It is being re-known.

To re-know the memory
is to release the ideas attached to it,
and gift it with neutrality, without bias.”


— Paul Selig

Albert Einstein so famously said many years ago, “The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” And, one of my favorite quotes of his is his enlightened definition of insanity which is doing the same things and expecting a different result.

I never realized until very recently how much our history affects our present. They say that if we don’t remember our history that we are doomed to repeat it, but the reality is that we repeat it and have been repeating it for hundreds if not thousands of generations. A truly perfect example of this history is continually taught from parent to child, and through media, and is so pervasive that we think it is a law. That example is right and wrong. Right and wrong are judgments. As we judge, so shall we reap. Yet we continue.

So Paul Selig, via his channeled books, shows the way to heal the past and to heal the present and to heal the future all at the same time. Cease judgment. Stop finding fault and instead see all as what it really is, events, circumstances, choices, and all are purely neutral until we insert judgment which then polarizes them and creates all manner of rules to deal with them, and punishment is the end result.

Yet this is all fear. Fear has one single purpose: To recreate itself. It must create more fear. The Law of Attraction will ensure it. However, there are two possibilities to transform this into joy. One is to see everything as neutral. It is what it is. It happened as it happened. What can I learn from this? What is this here to teach me? The other is to find appreciation, to share love, to spread joy, to express kindness. The Law of Attraction cannot do anything other than to compound those choices into more of the same, and even greater joys.

Anytime that you may be feeling low or down, do as I have and take a giant leap backward. Look at the image in this post. In this image, there is nothing to judge. There is no right and wrong. There is only what it is. There are not even any visible humans, though billions of them are down there. It is peaceful here. There is love here. There is joy here. There is awe and wonder here.

We have the power to heal ourselves and our land as we maintain our sanity, and our love and joy.

Reflections

“Because you comprehend yourself
through your history,
you challenge the present moment
to be informed
through the lens of history.”

–Paul Selig

Reflection is an interesting thing. It is usually thought of as similar to looking in the rearview mirror. It is looking at something already done. It is the past, a reflection of the past in the present. One might state, “I had a good life,” and that would be a reflection of one’s life gone by and perhaps bringing some memories to the surface again. As that is phrased, it is the past. I had. Almost as if, and probably as if it is no longer that. We could think of a million things from the past to reflect upon. 

Now consider this twist on that good life statement: “I am having a good life.” It is no longer stuck in the past and needing to bring it forward, it is instead combined with right here and now. I am rather than I did. I am rather than I was. It is rather than it was. I have had many joyful times. I am having so many joyful times. I am having. I am living. I am enjoying. I did. I used to. I might have. I could have. I should have. I shouldn’t have. It was. Back in the day. When I was young. Before I…

As I thought of this comparison, I realized how powerful that simple change in perspective and spoken or written expression of perspective is.

The two most powerful words in any language are these whether spoken or written: I AM. We might consider using them more often to describe events and our participation in them.

I AM. I am living in this moment. I am learning in this moment. I am loving in this moment. I am in joy right now, this moment.

The Real Reality

“[Those who] believe differently
have a different reality.”

— Paul Selig

This statement popped up at me when I read through page 79 of Paul Selig’s book, I Am The Word. It seems to me that it shouldn’t have stood out, but it stood out enough for me to write it down in the margin on that page. We may often think that it would be ideal if we all agreed in our beliefs and thereby shared the same exact reality, but what I think we more commonly consider when we look at differing beliefs is that there is still only one reality and that those who see things differently are not agreeable to the real reality. In other words, we see them as wrong and we as right and we may even often try to show them the error of their ways by pointing to ‘the reality’ as an example. You know, the Earth is round and spins on its axis and in turn circles the Sun and that is just the way it is. Everyone knows it. It is a reality, after all.

What I think the message of this page is is that we may have different beliefs and that causes our different realities or ways of seeing through our beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t share a commonality at the same time. And, that it isn’t even right versus wrong or left versus right or other duality points, but that these different beliefs and different realities may not only coexist, they can also be in harmony. In other words, they don’t push against or pull against others or need to in order to be “the” reality because no matter the number of realities, we need not compete for there is more than enough room for all. Indeed, there would be sufficient room for all even if they did disagree to the point of pushing and pulling and jockeying for position. After all, that is the reality we see here and now, is it not? The only difference is that we disagree that there is an actual different reality with each different belief. Yet, as each different belief exists, there must be a matching reality for it could be none other than this.

If we may ever get to the point of world harmony, it would be that we accept not only the different beliefs as being valid but that we accept that each of those matching realities is also acknowledged. In other words, we honor the other to choose and we honor ourselves to choose and in those perhaps divergent choices and consequential realities we stand in honor of that higher truth, and that higher truth is that no matter the volume of beliefs and realities involved, we coexist in a completely harmonious manner.

In fact, I think more of the world currently lives in harmonious divergent realities than we might imagine based on the media reports.

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