Friday, January 30, 2009

Happy Lives Experience Darkness

Happy Lives Experience Darkness

"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity." -Carl Jung, Mystic & Psychiatrist

We really are not here to live a life in a constant state of bliss. We are here to discern the truth of what we experience: to feel the pleasure and the pain. To understand and grow into our own beingness. We live in a diverse world of contrast, and we are not going to like everything. Can you imagine that? That would be pretty boooring.

It is up to us to look for the things that we do like and want but not condemn the things we do not like or don't want. The funny things about looking at things we don't want, is that it creates ideas and movement for what we do want. Hm. It sounds like it gives us more clarity. It is also up to us to react to things that we find challenging with more patience and an equanimity manner, as Jung states.

When we do live in this manner, we begin to look at others with compassion, love and kindness, rather than judgement. Judgement comes from believing our truth is the only truth. Truth is never constant. It always changes. What one believes, not all others will believe. What you believe to be true today, will not be true for you tomorrow. And that is just perfect.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Paint Your Life

Paint Your  Life
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In our day-to-day life, we may encounter disappointments. This will result in a mis-alignment in our bodies causing illness. It is not the intent of our soul. It is more about what we are identifying with. It is caused by identification with the problem which is from an exterior perspective.

Then what do we do to ease the soul? Stop focusing on what is and begin feeling the intent of the soul. Create union with body and spirit. Clarify the truth of the situation. Always see the best out of every situation. No matter what! Rearrange your thoughts to see light. Or free yourself by daydreaming about what is fun. Imagine yourself where you want to be. Picture your desires and feel them rush through your body. Get positively emotional charged about them.

Some of us have been conditioned to believe that it is wrong, greedy or inconsiderate to think about what we want. We are not doing something bad. We are truly doing something good for ourselves and our health.

Your thoughts are your paintbrush to life. Start painting!

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Monday, January 26, 2009

"To Laugh Often and Much..." by Emerson

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"To Laugh Often and Much..."

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wake Up to Live! How to Gain Clarity

How to Gain Clarity:
Change Brings Contrast Brings Clarity

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Many of us don't like it when things change. For instance, when your child moves to another country or your cat dies or your basement floods with all of your antique furniture you can understand that change can be hard. You may feel lost, sad or pretty pissed off.  So we have the environment around us that changes, but we also have the emotions within us that change. Change isn't always pretty, like getting a new home, a new hair-do or a new outfit. Change comes in many packages and different colored ribbons.

What change does, though, is that it brings contrast. When we plug along in life and something different happens it's called change--inside of us and outside of us.  With that, change gives contrast; this means that we see or experience what we like and what we don't like. 

By seeing what we like and what we don't like, it brings forth clarity; thus, it expands our desires. Living in a diverse world also brings a great amount of contrast and then clarity. Every time you experience contrast it directs you towards what you want. Your focus becomes more clear.

So anytime you experience change or contrast, rather than reacting in a negative way, creating resistance to the flow of your desires, consider this. Look at the scenario, whether good or not so good, as a time to grow or to expand. See if you can become more clear at what you really want. Start fine-tuning your script of life. I am not saying that you'll be ecstatic when a pipe bursts in your home or if you get laid off from work, but doesn't it feel good and satisfying when you become even more clear on what you do want?

Clarity is a process. It never comes to an end. As long as we have the breath of life called desire and there is constant change in our lives, we will always be in a state of seeking clarity or fine-tuning what we want. So don't wait or put off your life just because you are not completely clear at what you want. You will never find out until you Jump In to the River of Life.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Declare Independence

Declare Independence
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Don't be at the mercy of your childhood beliefs unless you choose to hamper your present position of freedom. Assert your own independence and your own needs.

How do you initiate independence? By becoming a thinker for your self. To be a self-ruler of your own life is to make your own decisions; not cower down to someone else's beliefs, ideas or opinions. This does not mean that other people's thoughts are all wrong. It means they are just not yours.

It is a wonderful thing to live in such a diverse and multi-cultural world of contrast and to learn and experience all the many ways to do similar things differently, but any idea you bring forth through consciousness is yours for the shaping. You make the decisions. Look at it this way, you are the entrepreneur of your own life.

For me, a few years back, this would have scared the living daylights out of me. I was so... brainwashed by others making decisions for me it hindered me to do anything and to live a life that I deserved. Whatever I thought about, I felt it was already wrong. I was scared to death to make a mistake. My mind was instantly cluttered with messages like "You'll look like an idiot," "Someone will call you dense again," "They'll laugh at you." Before anything would even happen, I would already feel like I was a disgrace, an embarrassment and a dissappointment to others. My palms would sweat. I would tremble and it felt like my head would explode just thinking about it. And I didn't even make the decision yet! I only thought about it.

Are you tired of this kind of senario, of always looking toward others to consistenly make your decisions? When will you have enough of someone else living your life that you deserve?

Give yourself permission to assert your own independence. Tell the story the way you want it to be. Become the writer of your own script.

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