Think back to when you were a child. Did you have a special career in mind? A passion to be a police officer, or a dancer, or perhaps a painter? When you got older and entered high school, did you discover a talent for debate? For shop class? Is there something that really stuck with you? Something from those childhood joys that is with you today? For instance, did your love of debate lead you into practicing law?
Last year around Christmastime I read the book A Complaint Free World: How To Stop Complaining And Start Enjoying The Life You Always Wanted by Will Bowen.
It's a sweet book written by a minister who realized that by not complaining his entire world shifted, and so too did the lives of his congregation. (Law of Attraction, anyone? :)
"There's nothing we can't turn into prayer if that is our intention." were among the first words spoken by photographer Catherine Jansen at Circle of Miracles, an interfaith community of which I have been part for nearly 11 years. Admitting to a "love affair with India" that has lasted 30 years, Philly area (by way of Atlanta, Georgia) mother of two who was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church, became fascinated with the country during her initial stay in an ashram where she mostly "saw the insides of my eyelids" in meditation. Since then, she has visited multiple times, each time, bringing back with her, sweet memories of the people she encountered and thousands of photographs that catalog her experiences for posterity and the appreciation of those who view them. Such was the case as our community vicariously experienced The March of the Nakeds. It is described in this way by the artist herself:
What is the difference between a Super Hero and an Action Hero? Each does remarkable things. One might even go so far as to say that they each create a "super" result. Each has a desired goal in mind; the only real difference is how they get the job done. So let's set up a classic adventure scenario and look at the methods each uses to achieve their goals.
The thing about the chaos of healing is how tricky it is. It masquerades as real stuff. I think of myself as pretty savvy and sophisticated when it comes to the crisis of “healing”, “growing”, learning”, whatever word you want to use to describe that really uncomfortable and painful jump into the unknown of being a better person. So I was pretty surprised when after four days of looking at the facts and considering all aspects …..”I got nuthin”. “Maybe this time all the ground clutter is real?!” That aforementioned thought led me to reconsider some of my core beliefs. Maybe I needed to change some things…..
To arrive at your "Personal Year Number", or an explanation of what you might be able to expect in the upcoming year, take the sum of your birth month and day, and add it to the "World Number" which is the sum of the digits of the year (in other words, 2012 would add up to 5). You then reduce this sum to a single digit. The resulting number tells you--in a cycle of nine years--where exactly you are in your life cycle, and what you might anticipate as a result.
I suppose that was the notion of my youth. I bought into the messages of those around me. I also bought into the media’s messages about how I was suppose to live, what I was supposed to look like, how thin to be, and what I should have to be happy. I was young and didn’t know any better.I used to think life should be lived LARGE, in a BIG way with grandeur and opulence to even be worth living. To be somebody you had to “have it all.”
A mantra is a sound, syllable, or group of words which, when recited, are regarded as capable of producing spiritual transformation (or so says Wiki). Actually, mantra is a word common in the eastern world and is itself made up of two words: man meaning "mind," and tra meaning "instrument." So, a mantra is "an instrument of the mind."
I've been reading more of my favorite teacher Abraham, about allowing versus making. If all I could ever want is already out there in the ethers just waiting for my call, then I need to call! But more than that, I need to pave the road. I have a picture in mind of a jungle expedition - there is a caravan of goodies waiting to take off and be delivered to me, and I need to clear the path for them through the tangle of brush. Clearing the road is not work, it's the "action" of relaxing and allowing. I watch as more and more of the path opens up, simply by my intent and desire. The minute I decide to speed it up and interfere, the overgrowth takes over like in the movies. When I relax again and say "yes, thank you, I can feel my abundance coming, I can hear the footsteps and the jingle of the horses' harness and I accept it", THEN the overgrowth magically disappears! Way to create, Matson!