Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Why Are You Here?

If Heaven made him--earth can find some use for him. Chinese Proverb

So why are we here, and what are we supposed to do while we're here? We go to school, we work, we pay bills, we have relationships, we raise children, we pursue hobbies, we rake leaves, we wash dishes, we fight with each other, and so on. Then we set up standards to describe the meaning of success. But what is success for you? Is it following the crowd, or is there something in you that longs to be heard? Something that is only you.

The value of identity, of course, is that so often with it comes purpose. Richard Grant

You may go through your days quite like most people, but there isn't, never was, and never will be anyone exactly like you. We're all members of the same universe, but each one is unique and special. In some way, there's a reason for each of us--a reason for being here. And we need to know that our presence on earth means something--that while we're here, we make a difference somewhere--somehow.

In quiet times, when your mind is still and you can hear your soul, do you ever wonder why you're here? What is your purpose? I think many people do wonder about that. We want to discover our own specialness, and what we're supposed to do with it. In some, there's a longing that won't be quiet. It must be answered.

Look inside for your strengths, talents, and interests. And don't discount the weaknesses you may find. Working on those can lead to purpose. The challenges we face in life are there to take us where we need to go to fulfill our purpose. This may involve the material world, but purpose transcends the material. It is soul satisfying.

Your purpose may be to design buildings, or provide food for the masses, or create beautiful music. Or it may be to just send love out to the world, starting with a smile you give to a store clerk. But when it comes right down to it, our purpose is already written within us. We're here to express who we really are as a loving child of the Universe in whatever way is ours to express. Think about what you have been given, and use it every day while you're here.

Meet each day with intention from a loving heart, and your purpose will find you.

I wish you awareness on your journey.

Marilyn

Why Are You Here?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hang On

When I watch the news on TV I'm taken all over the world to one tragedy after another, and my heat goes out to each person. These wounds are of a magnitude that most people will never experience, but as tragic as they are, they're part of the human experience. There is no life without the pain of living. Each of us is on our own unique journey, and whatever is on one path may not be on another. We never know what each tomorrow will bring, and what kind of a trial we might face. But we all survive the same way.

Some experiences are extremely hard, as those going on around the world, while others seem less demanding, but each one is part of life and must be faced with understanding and courage. Pain comes on many levels, from a stubbed toe to life shattering devastation. Many have felt the pain of physical hunger, personal loss, deep loneliness, tormenting illness, financial need. The list goes on. But every problem serves a purpose. Challenges that come into our life can teach us compassion and how to love. They can help us realize our strength in overcoming. And they present us with opportunities to discover something we need on our journey to grow and become more of what we're meant to be.

Know that no matter what the test, no matter how deep the pain, you can survive. Even in the darkest times, you're never alone. You came into the world with all you need to sustain you in any situation, and there is something so powerful within you that it will not let you drown. Call upon that Spirit part of you that knows all your struggles and loves you through them all.

The greatest healer of all pain is love. When you direct love instead of fear to a situation, you allow Spirit to heal. Love yourself. Love every cell that is you. And send your love around the world to all of those who need love right now. We're all on the planet Earth together, so let's share the love. Allow yourself to be lifted above whatever is holding you down, and keep your eye on the future to a better life--a better you. Hang on, and don't let go.

It's been said that time heals. It does, when we live it with love. I wish you love and peace within.

Marilyn

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Freedom

Life is a narrative that you have a hand in writing. Henriette Anne Klauser

Freedom doesn't mean being free from challenges in life. Freedom is the ability to make wise choices when those challenges come. Those bumps in the road are expressions, or symptoms, of what' going on inside--belief systems, thought patterns, our method of dealing with outer situations. Unless we live in LaLa Land, we can't be totally free of inner negative energies that draw negative situations to us. It's part of being human. But we don't have to live in bondage.

Inside is where you cultivate bondage or freedom in your world, and there's power in understanding what's happening, how it works, and how you can take control and work it your way. We shape outcomes, and changing what goes on inside changes the severity and frequency of what goes on outside. That's freedom.

Recently, I heard a friend speaking on a three-point plan to change inner thoughts to create different outcomes.
1. Acceptance: You don't have to like what's going on in your life, but resisting it will only give it more power over you. Look at it and say, without judgment, This is where I am today, and that's okay. Simply allow it to be until you pass through it.
2. Gratitude: Gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions we have. Every life has something to be grateful for. Find it. The more you express gratitude, the more you will find to be grateful for. That's how it works.
3. Trust: It's hard to trust when you don't see a favorable outcome, but once you change your thinking and allow what you want to unfold, you will see better results. That's how it works.

Change takes practice, but isn't freedom to make wise choices instead of blindly following the same path through life worth the time and effort? You will backslide, but then you get back up on the path and keep going. Every time you have a negative thought, say these three words with conviction: Acceptance, Gratitude, Trust.

Approach everything in your life with love, not fear. Love yourself and bless your journey. Forgive your mistakes, and praise your success. Choose to live a different way, and you will.

One of the most powerful prayers I know is: Change my life by changing me. There is no other path to freedom.

I wish you a happy future of your own creation.

Marilyn

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

EFT

I just finished experiencing the 10 day 2011 World Tapping Summit on a webinar (I guess that's what you call listening to audios on the computer. That tells you how much I know about the computer) Anyway, in case you haven't heard of Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT, it's a healing tool based on the body's energy systems and meridians. EFT is based upon concepts that have been used in Eastern medicine for over 5,000 years. In the process, tapping is done on certain energy meridian points in the body and releases negative energy, thereby promoting health in all areas of life.

Everything in the universe is made of energy, and we humans are no exception. During our lifetime, we experience both positive and negative energies, and the quality of our life is greatly affected by these energies. Positive energy flows freely bringing us healthy, fulfilling lives, while the negative disrupts this natural flow and causes the physical and emotional pain we experience.

Have you ever walked into a room where people have been arguing, and you feel the negative vibrations? Or a room where people are smiling and happy, and you feel their positive energy? Just think what these energies do inside your body, especially negative ones that might have been there for many years causing physical, mental or emotional pain--all kinds of stuff that keep you from having the kind of life you want.

Today, we have pills for everything. But usually they just treat symptoms. They don't always get to the root of the problem and sometimes make things worse. I'm all for medication when you really need it, but how great it would be to have a tool you could use yourself to release the problem causing energies from your body on an everyday basis--relieve physical pain, promote sleep, heal old emotional traumas, calm anxiety and all kinds of fear, ease a sense of loss, and many other situations that inhibit your comfort and growth. Just feeling a sense of control in your life can make a big difference.

I recently watched a video about a group who taught EFT to Rwandan orphans. It was absolutely amazing to see these childen's expressions turn from sadness to smiles as they used this tool to release the pain of their traumas.

If you'r interested in learning about this healing process, type in "Emotional Freedom Technique" (not EFT) on Google, and you'll get lots of helpful articles about it. Some problems can be healed quickly, while others may require some perseverence and patience. But it does work. The results are up to you.

I wish you the freedom to be greater than you are.

Marilyn

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Letting Go

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. Raymond Lindquist

Every once in a while, each of us thinks of something we'd like to have, be or do. But, oh, that box we've put ourselves in feels so familiar and safe. We've invented ways to cope and survive, and we know our way around. How could we possibly venture outside of the box and face the unknown? Have your ever thought of what might be keeping you from fulfilling some of your dreams?

Survival is not necessarily living. Living means letting go of ways that no longer serve you if you want to taste life as it's meant to be--if you want to see one of those dreams manifest in your life--or if you want your life to take on new meaning. We all want something, but we hold ourselves back by clinging to those safety nets in our head. And yes, they really are only in our head. We create our own illusion of what's safe and what isn't. Maybe new ways of doing things would serve you better and bring more rewarding experiences.

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

If you decided to take the risk and step out of the box, you'd have to let go of some of those beliefs and feelings that have been keeping you from moving forward. This is new to me. I've never done anything like this before. My last failure still haunts me. I don't have what it takes. It's too scary.

Drop that sack of fear you've been carrying around on your back. Lighten your load, step out into a place you've never been and allow life to unfold. One foot at a time is okay. Like testing the water to see how cold it is. Maybe it's nice and warm and not threatening at all. You have abilities you've never used, so a trip outside the box may be a good place to find them.

I wish you exciting new discoveries.

Marilyn