Thursday, April 21, 2016

When I Reverse the Thought, I Reverse the Condition

I am always checking my emotions. If I am feeling negatively about something, I know that my thoughts are out of alignment with my well-being and with Source's will for me. As soon as I become aware that my emotions are out of alignment, I ask myself what thought is in operation and keeping me from good feeling emotions?  What thought is governing my feelings and my choices? 

When I Reverse the Thought, 
I Reverse the Condition

I examine this thought for validity. Is it true? Is this thought ego based or biased? Is there another thought about this situation that would take me into a better feeling place? Is this thought one of resistance? What would change if I could alter the direction of my thought(s), if I could surrender it and choose something better to believe? After all, a belief is just a thought I keep thinking and I don't have to believe every thought which enters my head. I can choose which thoughts I will believe and make my own.  
Does this thought even originate with me or is this a thought I have inherited? Is this thought one I have been taught? Has this thought been planted by an Influencer? Are my thoughts under the influence of another authority, the media, the church, a friend? Whose thoughts am I nurturing? Does this thought serve me or am I serving this thought? 

There is no condition so severe that you cannot reverse it by choosing different thoughts. However, choosing different thoughts requires focus and practice.  If you continue to focus as you have been, to think as you have been, and to believe as you have been, then nothing in your experience will change. -Ask and it is Given cards, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, the Teachings of Abraham

Thursday, April 14, 2016

First, I Reach for Joy, and All Else Follows

When you understand that emotions are your  compass for measuring how far in or out of alignment you have become in relation to Source, joy becomes your goal. 

First, I Reach for Joy, and All Else Follows

Once you consciously identify the current state of emotion, it becomes easier for you to understand whether you were choosing thoughts that move you closer to your desired destination or farther from your desired destination. If you will make the improved feeling or emotion your real destination, then anything and everything that you want will quickly follow. - Ask and it is Given cards, by Ester and Jerry Hicks, The Teachings of Abraham.

Breathe . . .

Breathing is a key component in becoming aware of and accessing emotions. Freeing the breath unlocks emotional blockages and creativity. Since emotions act as an internal compass, emotions are vitally important for total well-being, and creativity. You can't stop one emotion singularly, say. . . anger, without also blocking out the rest of your emotional spectrum, joy, even love.

Have you ever noticed yourself holding a breath in order to stifle an emotion you don't want to feel? 

Holding your breath may contain most of the emotional vibrations experienced in the moment, but at great cost. Emotions are a tool meant to help guide us into alignment with Source energy, and our higher potential. Stopping ourselves from experiencing emotions leaves us rudderless, without the ability to steer our course, for intentional creation of the next moment. More importantly, when we stop our breath, we stop our life, not just our emotions. Emotions are affected by the breath. Changing the breathing pattern, depth, and frequency can alter the emotional overtone, and state of consciousness.

Use the breath to access emotions, and let joy motivate your path forward.

Breathe, just breathe.
Everything will be alright.
Trust your breath and trust your emotions.

Friday, April 8, 2016

I Now Hold the Key to Creating My Every Desire. . .

I love finding my inspiration for the day by drawing from the Esther and Jerry Hicks, Abraham teaching cards. So often the card I pull will coincide or synchronize with events happening in my life. 
Today's card offers encouragement.

I now hold the key to creating my every desire.

It is not possible to consistently feel positive emotion about something and have it turn out badly --for the way you feel will tell you if you are allowing your natural Well-Being or not. Once you understand that the way you feel indicates your level of allowing or resisting, you now hold the key to creating anything you desire.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Archetypes of the Hero's Journey

When embarking on a spiritual journey understanding symbols and archetypes becomes essential.

Exploring Symbols and Archetypes: 

Symbols are sign posts guiding the hero down paths of the unknown. . .

Archetypes are models or patterns of energy. . . knowledge of which informs the hero about what type of challenge she/he may be working with or facing, friend or foe. . .

For those of us on healing and creative soul journeys, symbols offer clues to direct our path. Archetypal characters represent people we meet and face in our ordinary world expanded to mythic proportions.  The wolf in Little Red Riding Hood represents an archetype the dangerous stranger, the rapist, or serial killer, who could victimize us if we are unable to recognize them on the street. The wisdom of our ancestors passed down to us through myth/story.  Our recognition of the archetype assists us in interpreting our experiences and recognizing friend and foe.

What symbols and archetypes do you recognize? 

How powerful an impact symbols and archetypes may have on your psyche would depend on your knowledge and experience of their use. The more symbols and archetypes you recognize the better prepared you will be for the road ahead.

The danger for us comes through losing conscious connection/understanding with the knowledge of the past; when we have forgotten the meaning of a symbol and are only affected by a vague sense of shared resonance.

Over time, misuse or misunderstanding of a symbol can create new associations and fearful responses. We might recognize that a symbol holds importance but not know how to interpret it or use it in our lives. 

Growing our recognition of archetypes and symbols is useful to our personal development and lends richness to our life journey.

Joseph Campbell's book, Hero With a Thousand Faces, examines the archetypal characters found across cultures, in our stories and myths. How many of these archetypes do you recognize?  Can you associate any of them with people who already appear in your ordinary life.

Seven Archetypes:

1. Hero: “The Hero is the protagonist or central character, whose primary purpose is to separate from the ordinary world and sacrifice himself for the service of the Journey at hand - to answer the challenge, complete the quest and restore the Ordinary World’s balance. We experience the Journey through the eyes of the Hero.”

2. Mentor: “The Mentor provides motivation, insights and training to help the Hero.”

The Threshold Guardian
3. Threshold Guardian/Demon: “Threshold Guardians protect the Special World and its secrets from the Hero, and provide essential tests to prove a Hero’s commitment and worth.”

4. Herald: “Herald characters issue challenges and announce the coming of significant change. They can make their appearance anytime during a Journey, but often appear at the beginning of the Journey to announce a Call to Adventure. A character may wear the Herald’s mask to make an announcement or judgment, report a news flash, or simply deliver a message.”

5. Shapeshifter: “The Shapeshifter’s mask misleads the Hero by hiding a character’s intentions and loyalties.”

6. Shadow: “The Shadow can represent our darkest desires, our untapped resources, or even rejected qualities. It can also symbolize our greatest fears and phobias. Shadows may not be all bad, and may reveal admirable, even redeeming qualities. The Hero’s enemies and villains often wear the Shadow mask. This physical force is determined to destroy the Hero and his cause.”

7. Trickster: “Tricksters relish the disruption of the status quo, turning the Ordinary World into chaos with their quick turns of phrase and physical antics. Although they may not change during the course of their Journeys, their world and its inhabitants are transformed by their antics. The Trickster uses laughter [and ridicule] to make characters see the absurdity of the situation, and perhaps force a change.”

Think about the people in your life. Think about the role(s) they have played and their influence on you. Where would you be on your journey through life without them? How have they helped or hindered you?