Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dare To Risk

When I let go of what I am, I become more of what I might be. Lao Tzu

Do you ever sense something inside nudging you to listen? It's always there whether you take the time to listen or not. We're creatures that cannot stand still. We're created to move. I'm not talking about taking giant steps somewhere. I'm talking about the call within that wants you to expand your life--open up some of those hidden places that even you may not have discovered, and express more of who and what you are in whatever way is yours.

When you listen and discover those beautiful possibilities (we all have them), a part of you says, maybe I can do that, maybe I can have that, maybe I can be that. And yes, maybe you can.

You won't know what you can do until you take the risk and move. But that's scary, isn't it? What if I fail? Do something I've never done before? Have more love in my life? Become more enlightened? Wow, how can little ole me accomplish that? Well, maybe you can and maybe you can't, but that's not the point. The point is getting out there, willing to follow a path to your goal. I don't know anyone who has succeeded at everything they attempted, but I know a lot of people who have succeeded at a lot. And because of their courage, their whole life is to be honored. It's always worth the risk.

We're all special creations in a Universal sea, connected by our diverse but similar qualities--qualities waiting to be expressed. So choose that part of you that wants to be heard. Then plot your course and be brave enough to take the first step. Each step leads to another, and your life will be more meaningful, no matter what. We can't see the future except in our dreams. But dreams can come true.

Take the risk, and create your dream.

Marilyn

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What Does Your Soul Want?

Don't discard your fantasies as merely wishful thinking. Honor them as messages from the deepest part of your being about what you can do and directions you can choose. Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

Do you ever get a feeling there's something more you want to do in your life? I mean more than you're doing now. Have your childhood dreams been fulfilled? Did they pass by, or are they still inside somewhere? Life is like a smorgasbord, a journey around the table, which we never complete. There's always more, more of you to be discovered. Maybe it's time to take another look.

What is there in your life that you might wish to pursue? It could be something as challenging as studying a foreign language or painting a garden scene, or as simple as reading to children or growing roses. There is something wonderful in you that wants to be expressed. Have you ever asked the question, what does my soul want? If you listen, it will tell you.

I spent much of my life doing waitress work, but in my mid-forties, I heard something inside directing me to work in the mental health field. I had received plenty of training in dealing with people in the years I waited on tables. So I went back to school, got my education and more training, and had many years of very fulfilling work which I would have missed had I not listened to what my soul wanted. There is something more for each of us, a deeper expression of who we are, and it longs to be heard.

So where do you begin to find more of you and expand your life? First listen and hear what's in the depths of your being, and answer the calling. Choose to bring this part of you alive, and nurture its growth. Don't judge its importance or lack of importance. If you feel it nudging you forward, it's important.

Now tune in to inner guidance and create your path, your own path. The simple process of envisioning your path with purpose and intention starts energy moving, and it will lead you through each step of seeing your dreams unfold. We would not be given dominion over the good we want in our life without the help needed to guide our way. You will be led on the right path as you listen to what your soul wants.

Allow unfoldment to occur. There's beauty in there.

Marilyn

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why Change?

Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Usually we prefer to stay in the status quo of life. We know how to live it, even though it pinches like a pair of shoes a size too small. And it's difficult to face the unknown, so we cling to the familiar. But do you ever wonder what might be waiting behind a door you've never opened--a dream you've left dormant in your heart--a different life situation that might bring you more peace and joy? Do you want change in your life? Then what's holding you back from receiving what the Universe wants you to have?

Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you. Og Mandino

Things happen, and we're always being pressured to change, but when we refuse to reach out and bring about the kind of change we want, we may end up with a kind we don't want. Fear is the culprit that keeps us marching to the same tune, the one that takes us nowhere. Fear of the unknown is what holds us in poor relationships, lack of money, work we don't like, unfulfilled dreams and unanswered prayers. Our thoughts become frozen in "I can't" attitudes. Yes, change is always taking place, but we need to consciously create changes that help us grow and improve our quality of life.

1. The first step is to know what you want to bring into your life, and what you want to release. Be clear about what you want to accomplish.
2. Next, just be willing to do what it takes to change. At this point you don't need to know how. Willingness changes your frame of mind, which is where everything begins, so relax in willingness and feel a sense of power calm your fears.
3. Make a list of what you can do to start the change process. All you have is the present time, so start there.
4. Take each step as you go along, and things will gradually fall into place. Allow the process to unfold with time.
5. Periodically, regroup and evaluate your progress. It's okay to alter your direction if you need to.
6. Ignore the naysayers, look within for guidance, and keep faith in the Universe and yourself. You will find strength you didn't know was there.

We change because we have to. We are born creators, and we must envision the changes we want and create them. You may not be successful in all of your endeavors, but you will be successful in some. And that's positive change. That's a positive life. That's a positive you.

I wish you joyful newness in your life.

Marilyn

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Transition

A permanent state of transition is man's most noble condition. Juan Ramon Jiminez

Yesterday I attended a funeral for the father of one of my friends. Now, for those left behind, there will be a time of transition. This reminded me of how we live our entire lives in transition from one place in time to the next, from one experience to the next. So we're constantly moving out of something into something else.

We rarely think of this phenomenon, unless the experience is a painful one, like losing a loved one or a job, ending a relationship, facing a health or money challenge, the kids grow up, moving to a new place, etc. We take note of these things, and we must consciously work on moving through an adjustment period. But do you realize that within this transition, transitions are taking place? The past is always a memory, and the future never arrives. So we move from moment to moment without noticing that all we're ever in is the present.

The present, like a note in music, is nothing but as it appertains to what is past and what is to come. Walter Savage Landor

We never stand still. We're always moving forward, but as we move through each day, we don't notice we're moving along in time. We don't see much difference between noon and 6 pm. But within this short time period, we're planning the rest of our life. We create our tomorrows by what we do today, and this can have far reaching consequences.

Every chemical reaction has a transition state. Derek Harold Richard Barton

Do you ever feel like you're in a rut, going nowhere, not moving at all? Well, it's impossible to be stuck, because you're always in transition. Every thought leads to another space, but it may feel like you're standing still, because you're creating similar circumstances. How about creating something new. Even a small change can help us experience this transition mode. And there may be something pretty good around the corner.

The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning. Baker Priest

Every moment in life is important. Every breath we take counts. Every thought we have influences our future in some way. We take care of the big things in life, we suffer with the losses, we create ways to survive the challenges. We are remarkable beings. And if we pay attention, we can feel the joy of life in each day as we view each moment as a new beginning.

Take the good memories with you and look to the future with hope. You are always moving. Enjoy the journey.

Marilyn