Category: Vulnerability

Spread Some Joy Today > Vulnerability

Focus. What We Give Our Attention To.

“There are those who believe that the world is getting more and more desperate. We are here to tell you that the world is getting better and better, and better, and that every experience you have causes you to launch rockets of desires, and Source comes in response to those rockets. And the best thing about your birth and death is that the resistant ones die and the allowing ones are born. And with this combination of contrast that keeps you launching new and new desires, it’s no wonder that the Universe is expanding in this marvelous way and that life is getting better, in every day – and in this moment – for everyone who insists on focusing there.”

— Abraham, Esther Hicks

The Pedestal Has Left The Building

“Admiration, praise, and appreciation of another
must not be at the expense of ourselves.”

— Albert K Strong

[Classic post from 9-25-12]

When we can celebrate people and their accomplishments without putting them on a pedestal, or ourselves in a pit, what a beautiful, empowered, and joyful place this is.

It’s always been easy to see famous people, or people with a certain authority, title, or position as greater than myself. Things might go through my mind such as, ‘they can do that because they are great, and I will never be able to do that,’ or, ‘they were in the right place at the right time,’ or, ‘they got all the breaks and went to Harvard, and I didn’t have any such luck,’ and so on. It’s easy to put people on a pedestal and it is also easy and somewhat typical for us to see ourselves as so much less than that, thereby putting ourselves so far below in a pit.

We’re happy to praise them, lift them up, but when it is at the expense of our own self-worth or worthiness, it is damaging to both parties because we are not giving them the true joy we feel, but some odd sort of worship, and we are feeling less than them, or lacking at the same time. Yet, that is often how I felt about all those many people who were cooler, more popular, seemed to succeed without trying, and more. Fortunately, I’ve learned how to let most all that go and am feeling so much more alive as a result.

Now when I see someone doing so well, I am in awe of their skill and ability without taking anything from myself in the process. Because of that, I find that my joy for them is far exceeding what it ever was in the past. At the same time, I am uplifted in myself because deep down, we are all connected and I’ve come to realize that I am actually part of the whole instead of being outside looking in.

In this, I have risen above my ego so to speak. Another way to say it is that I follow my bliss. It seems to me I’ve heard that somewhere. . . and it is so applicable (thanks, Joseph Campbell). As I focus on that, I find more and more bliss. Whereas in the past I thought there was a limited storehouse, I have now found a truly unlimited supply.

Bon Appetit.

Spread Some Joy Today–Relax, you’re soaking in it. . .

You Will Enjoy It All

“A key to regaining your wonderful feeling of personal empowerment and control is to decide, right now, no matter how good or how bad you are feeling, that you are going to do your best to make the best of it. Reach for the best-feeling thought that you have access to right now; and as you do that again and again, in a short period of time you will find yourself in a very good-feeling place. That is just the way it works!

Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all: You will feel relief as doubts slip away and as the secure feelings of Well-Being replace them.

Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all: You will revel in the conscious awareness that you have deliberately molded your desires into being in as real a way as if you had created a statue with the clay in your own hands.”

— Abraham, Esther Hicks

The Same Energy

“Anxiety and excitement are the same energy.

If you understand that, and start acting like you believe it, then you will feel the energy as excitement and not anxiety.

It is not that you will get rid of the energy; it is not that you will not continue to feel the energy. It is that you will feel it in a way that is indicative of how you look at it. That is all.

So know that it represents the discovery of something new–that the energy is there, the vibration is there–because you are on the threshold of more information, more awareness. And we assume that that’s an exciting thing.”

— Bashar, Darryl Anka

Grand In Scope, Weightless In Spirit

“To desire is to obtain;
to aspire is to achieve.”

“You will become as small
as you controlling desire;
or as great
as your dominant aspiration.”

— James Allen

I am fascinated with the word, aspire. It sort of makes wants and desires little things. It is grand in scope and weightless in spirit. It means to rise, to ascend, to soar and in Latin, it means to breathe upon. That makes me think about breathing life into something. A desire is wanting something, but to aspire is to become, to intend.

When I am considering and dreaming of and playing with my aspirations, I feel free and alive and full of hope and wonder at the same time. What is happening here and now is of little importance. It is more like a connection with the Infinite and what possibilities exist regardless of circumstances, past history, or any other limiting factor.

The Whole Of You

“The difference between the man
who just cuts lawns and a real gardener
is in the touching.
The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all;
the gardener will be there a lifetime.”

-– Ray Bradbury

I love biographies and have read hundreds of them of famous people and almost unknown people. It’s good to read about other people’s lives.

But, what I really love are autobiographies.

Sure, as one writes his or her own story, they soften some of the edges, but I don’t care.

What I care about is that the one who lived the life wrote about the life, and that legacy is their truth as they lived it, and I get to be the beneficiary of all their living perspective.

Whatever your legacy, I hope it contains a whole lot of you.

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