Wednesday, January 14, 2009A Wonderful Key to Expansion
I think this quote is so good and so relevant to our lives, the current world situation, and to our seeding process that I am just going to let it be the post for today so that you can sit with it and take it in.
At the same time that we want to know who we are and that we are Soul, we can so easily get stuck in the drama of daily living. We become attached to our mistakes and failures instead of learning how to experience success beyond our wildest dreams. A key to expansion, to opening sacred inner space, is the divine imagination. Visualize the very best of yourself—the joy and the loving flowing within you and out of you—and hold that vision. As you hold that vision, it will become a reality because that’s the real you.
Many people, when they hear about using the divine imagination to live in the true self, say, “But that’s not real.” My response is, “Really? You are divine. You are a creator. You have the essence of God manifesting through you. Why can’t you mock up something positive? You mock up your misery. You mock up your despair. You mock up your illness. Why not mock up who you are?” You can use exactly the same principle you use to put down yourself and others to lift yourself into who you are.
(From: What’s It Like Being You by John-Roger, DSS with Paul Kaye)
Monday, January 12, 2009My Favorite Tool
Here is a Twitter (via Twitterrific) received from my wife Shelley today:
Picked up scissors in pencil cup on desk and lopped off ponytail. Salon appt. over!
Yup, in our home we take frugality and the Bohemian lifestyle really seriously.
The following quote from J-R knocked my socks off when I first saw it:
Creative imagination is not wishful thinking. It is bringing the divine into action. It is bringing the Spirit into the mind, into the emotions, into the physical body, and into the physical world to manifest it.
It keyed me into the importance of the imagination, something I had relegated in the past to the lower levels of consciousness. It really helped me to use my awareness, and the way I move through life, in more creative ways.
And of course it is entirely relevant to the process of seeding as we imagine/envision the seeding scenario, and ourselves in it.
From the I don’t Really Need to Know This But It Is Interesting Dept. (courtesy of veryshortlist.com):
South Dakotans have little use for yoga instructors, Floridians love Cuban food and drum circles, and Californians have the cleanest teeth. That’s according to StateStats — a search engine that shows us who’s been Googling what, from where, across the country.
The site lists the most popular search queries in every state and links them with data (on obesity, income levels, violent crime, etc.) provided by the U.S. Census Bureau: Alaska, which tops Google searches for “guns,” comes in second for suicide; Hawaiians, who devote large chunks of time to “tofu,” have the nation’s highest life expectancy (and an inordinate interest in “breast implants”). Maine is tops in searches for “chocolate labs.” West Virginia, “meth labs.” And Wyoming residents, who lead the nation in “alcoholism” searches, might want to partner up with the New Yorkers who pushed their state to the head of the “hangover remedies” list.
Friday, January 9, 2009The World In Your Hand
When you look at your business in terms of, "Well, I wonder if I'll make money next year?"
What are you doing to yourself?
"Will I have a job next year? I wonder if they'll rehire me."
Probably not, because you're manifesting lack. You're manifesting it. You're creating it with your breath instead of saying, "Hey, next year I'll have a job. I don't care if it's this job. But that job is going to be more abundantly alive, awakening me, than ever before, and God help me be strong enough to fulfill it the greatest way possible.
From Manifesting God’s Abundance by John-Roger, DSS
As you contemplate your seed, think good things about it. Think good things about yourself.
In my dream, the Angel shrugged and said, "If we fail this time, it will be a failure of imagination." And then she placed the world gently in the palm of my hand.
Read this short post about Destination Addiction. I know some of you suffer from it. Excerpt:
"Millions suffer from it, and the symptoms include using words like more, next, and there."
Friday, November 28, 2008Listening and Pretending
The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention... A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
--Rachel Naomi Remen
(Nod to charityfocus.org for the above quote which from my experience is true, when I can keep my mouth shut long enough to do it.)
I introduced Shelley to a non-MSIA acquaintance today. It was an awkward moment as the person didn’t particularly care. I walked away and said to Shelley, jokingly, “I think that went rather well,” and immediately felt a lot better about the exchange. I then thought of the benefits of self-delusion and then this post came to mind which I had saved from a while ago, from Kottke.org called Better Living Through Self Deception. It's a worthwhile read.
Of course I am into honesty and truthfulness as a fundamental value but it is useful to pretend and use the imagination in a positive way, particularly when the imagination aligns with what is. For example, the starting point for my book with John-Roger, What's It Like Being You, starts with this quote:
Talk yourself into being in Soul.
Fantasize about being who you are.
Once you are in that fantasy, it becomes authentic.
I know that in my Soul I am free.
If you don’t know how to do that, pretend you do.
My Tai-Chi Chuan teacher, Bob Engel, often exhorts me to, "Pretend you already have it."
My time today with Shelley showed me that while I do not want to pretend something that is harmful in any way to myself or another, pretending the exchange went well was a healthier alternative for me.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008Loving Infusion
When you are dealing with any karmic pattern or situation, your time and focus are much better spent on loving everything in your current life and not trying to go back and figure out or change anything in the past that might be connected to the karmic situation. Spirit is present in each step you take and each movement you make. If you bring your awareness to that each second, you are doing far more for yourself than you would do if you tried to look into the past for causes, reasons, and so on.
(From Fulfilling Your Spiritual Promise by John-Roger, DSS)
As we contemplate what we want to manifest in our lives, for the highest good, and maintain our focus on it, seeing ourselves clearly in he picture, it is also very important that we bring our loving present.
It’s easy to get caught up in what we want and to get very serious and intense. In fact most importantly of all is maintaining the loving as we continue to contemplate our manifestation in the making. It’s important to infuse our image with loving.
The reason we maintain our focus is to make sure the image holds for us. If it wavers, perhaps we are not clear. The “static” is telling us something, so let’s be with it and find out what it is. Everything should be embraced as an opportunity to be get clearer. At some point we will release the image into God’s hands. But for now let’s be sure it is what we want and infuse it with our loving.
My obsession with General Motors continues. This from insightful piece from Tim Price:
Citigroup’s Hans Kullberg has written an interesting piece in which he details the extent of the problems facing the US auto sector (excerpt):
“Every time I see a commercial on television advertising a “0% APR No-Fees, No-Money Down” loan for a car, I cringe. The average American household currently owns 2.28 cars – how many of these are idle? The days of “buy now and pay later” are over, meaning there’s no money left to buy cars, meaning there’s no money left to support the auto industry, meaning there’s no sales revenues to pay absurd pension plans, meaning there’s no reason for the US Government to extend a lifeline simply to postpone the inevitable future of a futile auto industry. Although politically appeasing, to do so would be a disservice to the American taxpayer, which is a much larger contingent than the 2 million or so odd jobs that would be saved. To put off the day of reckoning will make the downfall worse when it finally comes.”
But then, let he who doesn’t need government money cast the first stone. And the problem with government money is that in most jurisdictions the very term is a misnomer, because governments too are already heavily indebted, so it’s taxpayers’ money we’re really talking about. And this gets us to the heart of the debate: at what tipping point do effectively unlimited guarantees and capital support by governments start to become self-defeating, inasmuch as they start to erode belief in the very instruments (specifically, government bonds, and in due course fiat currency) from which they are constructed? Or to put it another way, when does money start to eat itself?
With every announcement of a further government bailout to be paid for by future taxpayers, skeptics might rightly wonder whether a crisis brought about by easy credit is going to be resolved by more of the same.
Director of Investment
PFP Wealth Management
17th November 2008.
Sunday, August 24, 2008End During
Even though the things we do in this physical world
may continually misrepresent who we are,
let's never forget for even one second
that the divine spark that is God
resides within each one of us.
And after all has been said and done,
you'll find out that you've been walking with your own Beloved
for many, many eons.
And one of your great realizations will be that,
at all times,
everything was absolutely perfect within you.
The above quote concludes J-R’s book, The Tao Of Spirit and I must say that I find it one of the most comforting and inspiring messages in J-R’s teachings after, “Not one soul will be lost.” When I come to those times when all feels lost, I return to this quote and I am always renewed. When “he who endures to the end, wins,” sometimes feels like a bit of a slog, this quote lets me know that, regardless, there is a big win not only at the end--but during.
I thought of this quote when a reader this past week asked, “I too find the message "win in your fantasies" extremely helpful and am grateful for that teaching. Can you address how best to cope and keep winning in my fantasies when I am met with successive bouts of disappointment, where those wins in my fantasies turned out to be off track for me?”
I hope the above helps clarify things a little.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008What Are You Doing to Yourself?
And when we look into our business in terms of, "Well, I wonder if I'll make money next year?" Lord, what are you doing to yourself? It's like, "Will I have a job next year? I wonder if they'll rehire me." Probably not, because you're manifesting lack. You're manifesting it. You're creating it with your breath instead of saying, "Hey, next year I'll have a job. I don't care if it's this job. But that job is going to be more abundantly alive, awakening me, than ever before, and God help me be strong enough to fulfill it the greatest way possible. -- John-Roger, DSS from Manifesting God’s Abundance
The quote above was one of the most powerful quotes regarding abundance that I have read, and it turned my life around. Since then I have looked at things from a more open and positive perspective. The line “Lord, what are you doing to yourself?” did it for me. And it was cemented when I heard J-R say, “If you are going to have a fantasy, win in it. Why would you lose in your own fantasy?”
As Christine Ohuruogu, who was the first woman to ever win an Olympic gold for Britain in the 400 metres, said yesterday, "It's hard, but my coach has always taught me that you have to go into each race expecting to win.”
We certainly can go into each experience and into our life expecting and envisioning the best of ourselves and the best for ourselves, as we keep the Light with us and ahead of us, and keep in mind the highest good of all concerned.
Monday, August 18, 2008A Golden Lesson
The greatest thing is proving nothing is impossible. So many people said it couldn't be done, but all it takes is an imagination. That is something I have learned. -- Michael Phelps, Eight time gold medal winner in the Beijing Olympics
Congratulations to Michael Phelps and his awesome achievement. Since he gives credit to the imagination, and since that has been one of the themes we have been exploring in this blog, I thought his quote, “all it takes is an imagination,” was very much on point for us. Of course that is not all it took, nevertheless it can be very helpful to image-in whenever we think of ourselves in relation to anything we are doing.
And in may be worth re-visiting the posts on "Seeing yourself in the Picture" when you seed. How are you looking in that picture, joyful, relaxed, loving? Sometimes we forget to fill in the details.
I have had a long term fascination in the biomechanics of movement which sprung out of my interest and practice of various movement systems, Tai Chi Chuan, ballet, Light Body, yoga, Systema, Waraku, Unity-in-Motion, karate, to name a few throughout the years. In all of them it helps immensely to use the imagination to do the movement correctly.
In addressing the alignment of the body, Eric Franklin, a bestselling author of several books on the use of the imagination in body movement says, “I cannot emphasize enough that for any improvement in alignment to be permanent, the changes need to become part of your body image—the new alignment pattern needs to become part of your identity, or you will always slip back into old habits.” Michael Phelps knew that. The question for us is that when we think or see or imagine ourselves in relation to abundance and prosperity, are we doing that?