Monday, January 18, 2016

On Doing


There are times in life when we feel, no matter what or how much we do, things just don't seem to work out right or in our favor. We try to be prepared, to get our ducks in a row, to store up our treasures for rainy days, but nothing satisfies. It may seem to us that we just aren't DO-ing enough. The bills keep on piling up. The chores mount.  There isn't any time left for ourselves, what with the laundry to do or hauling kids to soccer practice, dance, and after school games. Doing becomes an addiction. If we aren't doing, we feel we can't be successful.

Doing can be just as much of an ego crutch or avoidance tactic as not doing. 

Filling our lives with activity, projects, and work alone will never fulfill the needs of our lives, especially when our energies become spread too thinly causing us to loose focus on our larger goals.

When doing doesn't seem to be getting us anywhere it is time to look more closely at the hidden attitudes and beliefs that we hold and at our choices.

I am just not good enough.
Good things never happen to me.
I never have enough of what I need.
I am not as talented as they are . . .
The world is a hard place.
I can't afford to take the risk. 

What attitudes do we hold on to that could be blocking life's prosperity from flowing into our worlds.
Our thoughts and beliefs open and shut the doors of life, attracting to and repelling situations and circumstances that we both want and desire as well as those we fear. The more we dwell in the shadow of fear, nurturing thoughts of fear and self loathing the harder it is for the blessings of life to flow into us.  No matter what or how we do, a block, is a block, is a block. Doing alone is only a tiny piece of the pie, wanting and allowing are far more important when it comes creating the lives we desire.

Today I would like to affirm the efforts of my hands.

I am taking the passage and affirmation from Louise L. Hay's book, Meditations to Heal Your Life.

On Doing:

I flow with an attitude of serendipity through all kinds of experiences. There are endless ways of doing things. if I have done a great deal of work, I rejoice. If I have done very little work, I rejoice. If I have done nothing at all, I still rejoice. Whatever I do is perfect in the moment. There is really nothing that I "have to do." There are things that might be best to do: however, I always have a choice. Life is an adventure, and the universe is always on my side!

Affirmations: I feel good about what I do.    I flow with life easily and effortlessly.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue

A review of the book . . . Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1, by Neale Donald Walsch

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Series: Conversations with God (Book 1)
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; 1st hardcover ed edition (October 29, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399142789
ISBN-13: 978-0399142789
Reviewer: Vonnie Faroqui, of Ink Slinger's Whimsey
Rating: 5 Star

"Transformational reading,
a real paradigm shifter!" 

What is the meaning of Life?
We hear that ultimate of questions posed so often, and with it other such questions; what is my purpose for being; is there a purpose to suffering; how can we eliminate suffering from our lives; and will there ever be an end to wars?

These questions have puzzled mankind through the ages. The saints and gurus of every spiritual tradition have tried to answer.  Whole religions have sprung up and died away, built entirely with the purpose of seeking and supplying answers to such questions.

Author Neale Donald Walsch opens his account by sharing his very personal, soul blistering, call to the creator for answers to these and many other questions. The surprising response he receives is recorded in Conversations With God.
Of the thousands of books written in an attempt to offer answers to the many questions humans have asked about life, there are few which challenge the perceptions, beliefs, and the underlying premises upon which the questions arise, Conversations With God is one such book.  The answers God gives go beyond conventional religious responses, shattering dogma and religious doctrine, challenging even the general agreements humans have made with each other about how we will perceive the nature of life. Whether you accept this conversation as a channeled and divinely inspired work, or approach it as a philosophical exercise and literary device, the questions raised and the answers proposed are paradigm shifting.

If you are looking to have your current belief structure sweetly supported, look elsewhere. These conversations are not going to be comfortable for the timid, the religious zelot, or the spiritually squeamish. The questions posed and discussed are profound and the answers given could reshape our world.

Reading Conversations With God may prove transformational.  It will all come down to a simple choice. What will you choose to believe about who you are and the nature of God?

I greatly treasure this series as one of the most healing reading experiences of my life. Reading this, contemplating the dialogue --with its proposed Life perspective changes, has transfigured my relationship with Creator, allowing for the healing of many wounds from a traumatic religious upbringing.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Letting Go Of The Old Pain Story

Why is it so important that we as individuals be able to move on from and let go of the old pain story of our life circumstances?
How are we served by letting go?

Here is a wonderful audio clip taken from one of the Abraham-Hicks seminars found on Youtube.
I hope you are as inspired by it as I am.

Friday, January 15, 2016

What If Source Were Standing In My Physical Shoes?

This blog isn't about my being a guru or having any special knowledge to offer that isn't already known to you on an internal level. I am writing as a real person with issues, sometimes struggling to hold my world together. I admit it, I'm scared. I have more bills than I can handle, and fewer friends than I would like.  I am self conscious about my weight and often self abusive. When lacking an outer crisis or drama, sometimes I attack myself. Religion has never offered me answers that made a difference, so I have turned spiritual. I create art. I sing when there is no one around to listen--sometimes when there is, and I write.

I am so tired of making choices based on how frightened I am. I am sick of being motivated through fear responses, being crisis driven. I long . . .  yearn. . . for the comforting arms of my mother. I remember how it felt to be held by her and loved without judgment, without need. I am doing the best I can do and yet it doesn't seem to be enough.

Today I reached for inspiration from Esther and Jerry Hicks -The Teachings of Abraham, Ask and it Is Given cards, and pulled the following message. . .

What If Source Were Standing In My Physical Shoes?
Ask and It Is Given cards,
Ask and It Is Given Cards, from The Teachings of Abraham

It is not your job to make something happen--your work is to simply determine what you want. If we were standing in your physical shoes, our attention would be upon bringing ourselves into alignment with the desires and preferences that we have launched. We would consciously feel our way into alignment.

Feeling my way into alignment. . .  

"I am through being motivated by fear. . !"

How can I make that into a positive statement?

"I choose to be motivated by Love. . . Joy!"

What do I want? What dreams do I have that I have been squashing through fear thinking and self doubt . . ?  What makes me feel good? How can I move myself into a feeling of strength and security?

I love to sing. I love singing and I have been making an effort to overcome my fear of the microphone and performance. I find it so much easier to talk about being fearful than to pick up a microphone, learn some lyrics and actually put myself out there. But that has been shifting. . .  

Feel my way into alignment . . .

Me and DJ- Jeff Wear, "JW"
I sang Karaoke for the first time in 20+ years, 2nd time ever, a week ago Friday, at a birthday party for my friend Kari. My hand was shaking so hard I had to grip the microphone double handed to steady myself. "I Can't Make You Love Me", by Bonnie Raitt, was the song I chose. I did a fair job, I think. JW didn't kick me out. In fact, people actually quieted in the bar to listen. . . I could do it again, couldn't I? I might have to learn a few different songs though. I don't want to be a one trick pony. . . It sure did feel good. . . 

Anyone up for The Corner Bar off Elliston Friday nights? Jeff "JW" Wear of Coyote Joe's Karaoke is DJ-ing. . .  I'm looking for a ride.

Freedom to Choose Empowerment

Thoughts Take Us Places. Where Are Yours Carrying You?


When I was an infant my reality was shaped by the thoughts of others, by their attitudes, and their beliefs. My infant mind was open and pliable, absorbing the energy and images transmitted to me by my parents. Sadly, my parents were pretty frightened people. I look at my niece and I see her learning, exploring and I think about myself at her age. I think about how vulnerable a child is to absorbing their parents' negative beliefs and how easily influenced a child's thoughts are.
As I grew older, I took on - inherited, many of those fear based beliefs and negative thought patterns and began attracting to me, or creating, circumstances that affirmed and grew those beliefs. I even came up with a few patterns of my very own, some good and some not so healthy.  Still, I accepted the reality that had been established for me through my parents and through others, whose fears painted very bleak pictures of life and what I could have or attain in it. So many beliefs, so much pain.

Now I am grown. My parents are no longer with me. Now, my reality is shaped by the thoughts and attitudes I am holding on to. Now the creator of my experience is, well. . . ME. I am the thinker that opens the door for pain, judgment, rejection, and fear. Now, I am the creator responsible for what I attract into my life.  Owning that responsibility makes me very powerful indeed.

I am free to choose thoughts and beliefs that empower my life, thoughts that will attract a positive, prosperous Now; the only moment that has any power.

Meditation: Meditations to Heal Your Life - Louise L. Hay

No person, place or thing has any power over me unless I give it, for I am the only thinker in my mind. . .
I have immense freedom in that I can choose what to think. I can choose to see life in positive ways instead of complaining or being mad at myself or other people. Complaining about what I do not have is one way to handle a situation, but it does not change anything. When I love myself and find myself in the midst of a negative situation, I can say something such as, " I am willing to release the pattern in my consciousness that contributed to this condition."  I have made negative choices in the past, but this does not mean that I am a bad person, nor am I stuck with these negative choices. I can always choose to let go of the old judgments.

Affirmations:  I always have the freedom to choose my thoughts.  I make new, more supportive choices.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Let the Journey Begin!

Welcome to the new site for "Divining The Self"
A blog about healing and expanding through creative self exploration and expression. The Hero's Journey, archetypes, sacred symbols and inspired artistry.

2016 has arrived with the migration of my blog over to the Blogger platform.

Let the blogging begin!

flower of life
"The Flower of Life"

The Flower of Life can be found in all major religions of the world. It contains the patterns of creation as they emerged from the Great Void