Ever Think, “There’s Got To Be Something More?” You’re Right, There Is…

If you want more meaning in your life, give. YOU are the only one who can bring “something more” into your experience. As we expect the world to provide us with fulfillment, we miss the point of Life. We are here to create our own fulfillment. And fulfillment does not come from material things, it comes from enriching Life–ALL LIFE. As we enrich our lives, we enrich others’s lives too… not with a mission of saving anyone–because only they can bring “something more” into their own experience, too, but just with a mission of revealing our inherent Nature, which is happiness.

If your job is not satisfying, consider that it may not be the job but your resistance to the job, to a coworker, to your boss, or to the idea of working. Where there is resistance, there is fear. What is the fear? Does it show up in other areas of your life? If yes, then it’s not the job that’s the problem… this fear will keep resurfacing as a an invitation to deal with it head on and see it for the illusion it is. What would your life look like without that fear? Can you think of one healthy, peaceful reason to hold on to that fear? Then bless it and let it be. It is a learned condition, and it no longer serves you.

The same holds true in all areas of our lives. We see it most in relationships. Where there is withholding in a relationship, there is a power struggle. Under the power struggle there is… fear.  If you want your romantic relationship to be deeply real and wildly intimate like it was in the beginning, then BE deeply real and wildly intimate… not just once or twice to test the waters, but all the time. Your mate will either show up and meet you there or not, but to demand a deeply real and wildly intimate relationship of your mate first is unfair. And if you’re demanding that of your mate–notice the pattern–where else are you expecting the world to deliver the goods first?

As you take responsibility for your experience in every area of your life, your happiness–which is our inherent Nature when we live authentically–will bloom and grow.

Your happiness will empower others to do the same… and that is how it propagates entire families and communities. Happiness is always an inside job. We can only change ourselves and encourage others that they’re on the right path (and only they know what the right path is for them). When we tell others they are wise, capable, full of potential, and facing dozens of wondrous opportunities, even if they don’t see them yet, we are BEING LOVE and creating safe space for them to empower themselves to live authentically.

People let down their armor when they feel safe. “It is easier to get a man to remove his coat with a warm sun than a cold, biting wind.” Be wholly loving to yourself and the inspirational powerhouse you already are will expand into “more…” and yet more.

AFFIRMATION:

Today, I choose to give myself what I may be expecting or think I require from another; as I do so, I free up our relationship for wildly greater levels of Love, Harmony, Peace, and Joy.

© Gretchen Kennedy, RScP  |   http://www.gretchenkennedy.me

A Spiritual Booster Shot

I invite you to read these, take them into your meditation, alone or together, to ponder. May they reveal a Life of Peace, Joy, Love, Freedom, Truth, and greater understanding of Who You Really Are:

  • There is one God, and It is indivisible from Itself. There is no power greater than God, nothing to oppose God, no Satan… Evil is a man-made construct stemming from a sense of separation from God. It is our mistaken use of our abilities and thinking.
  • If God is indivisible, you are inseparable from God. This sense of separation from our Source is the root of all unwanted conditions/suffering. We are all of God, made in the image and likeness of God, and this is true of EVERYONE.
  • God is Love Itself, and It wants you to thrive, to have a creatively lush life of Good, filled with meaning and purpose.
  • God is ever-expanding. Through us, as individualized expressions of God, the Universe expands to accommodate the omni-activity of all Life.
  • There is Free Will in order for us to expand, and so our doubts/fears/self-worth participate in every step of our journey, creating contrast and presenting us with opportunities to heal and evolve, to enjoy pure Faith that we are not separate from God, to awaken  and align to our inherent Nature of Good, which is Love, the heart of God.
  • You are made in the image and likeness of God; therefore, you have all of Its qualities available to you — Love, Peace, Joy, Abundance, Balance, Well-Being, Order, Creativity, Compassion, etc.
  • In every situation, God is present, active, and all-powerful, and as you open to God’s unlimited potential that is operating in, as, and through you, you can shift any experience. The same Power that moves mountains and creates galaxies is ever-available to you, simply by acknowledging It.
  • These qualities are made manifest in your life to the degree that you align with them (if you want Peace, be Peace, if you want a greater sense of self-worth, volunteer, if you want more money, tithe to your church or whatever spiritual sources feed your sense of upliftment, if you want more Freedom, allow others the Freedom to be Who They Really Are, etc.).
  • Your thoughts are creative (God/the Universe responds to them, and always says, “Yes! OK! Here you go!” It responds most to the recurring/focused/charged thoughts. Your word is even more creative, particularly what you say about yourself. Never speak a negative word about anyone, ever. We are all One, so when you speak against someone, you manifest against yourself.
  • Death is an illusion… it is like changing coats. The Soul, as an individualized expression of God, is eternal.
  • You are loved, not matter what.
  • You are essential to the Whole, no matter what.
  • You are working with a Power that is beyond the human mind’s ability to fathom to create a beautiful life… Have faith in that, no matter what.
  • Your purpose is to share your Love, unique gifts, and talents to help others to come to know their preciousness and unlimited potential, and that is where you will find the most happiness.

15 Powerful Things Happy People Do Differently

From The Purpose Fairy <http://www.purposefairy.com/4899/15-powerful-things-happy-people-do-differently/>

What is the difference between happy people and unhappy people? Of course, it may be very obvious, happy people are happy while unhappy people are unhappy, right? Well, that is correct, but we want to know what are the things that these people do differently and that is why, I have put together a list of things that HAPPY people do differently than UNHAPPY people.

1. LOVE vs. FEAR. Well, I can tell you for sure that those people who are really happy, FEAR less and LOVE a lot more.They see each moment, each challenge, each person as an opportunity to discover more about themselves and the world around them.

2. ACCEPTANCE vs. RESISTANCE.  Happy people understand that you can’t really change a situation by resisting it, but you can definitely change it by accepting that it is there and by understanding that there might be a reason for its existence. When something unpleasant happens to them, they don’t try to fight it, knowing that this will make the situation even worse, but rather, they ask themselves questions like: What can I learn from this? How can I make this better? and they go from there, focusing on the positive rather than on the negative. They always seem to see the glass half full no matter what happens to them.

3. FORGIVENESS vs. UNFORGIVENESS. Really happy people know that it’s not healthy to hold on to anger. They choose to FORGIVE and FORGET, understanding that FORGIVENESS is  a gift they give to themselves first and foremost.

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”Buddha

4. TRUST vs. DOUBT. They trust themselves and they trust the people around them. No matter if they talk to the cleaning lady or the C.E.O. of a multi billion company, somehow they always seem make the person they are interacting with feel like there is something unique and special about them.

They understand that beliefs become self-fulfilling prophecies, and because of that, they make sure to treat everybody with love, dignity and respect, making no distinctions between age, sex, social status, color, religion or race. These are the great men that Mark Twain was talking about: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain

5. MEANING vs. AMBITION.  They do the things they do because of the meaning it brings into their lives and because they get a sense of purpose by doing so. They understand that “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life” like Wayne Dyer puts it, and they care more about living a life full of meaning rather than, what in our modern society we would call, living a successful life.

The irony here is that most of the time they get both, success and meaning, just because they choose to focus on doing the things they love the most and they always pursue their heart desires. They are not motivated by money; they want to make a difference in the lives of those around them and in the world.

6. PRAISING vs. CRITICIZING. Happy people would probably agree with Carl’s Jung theory on resistance: “What you resist not only persists, but will grow in size”. They don’t criticize the absence of the behavior they want to reinforce, but rather, every time the behavior is present, even if it’s not that often, they know that by praising the person and the behavior, they will actually reinforce the positive behavior.

When a parent wants to make sure that his 7 years old boy will learn to always put the toys back in the box after he’s done playing with them, he will make sure not to focus on the many times the child won’t do it, criticizing him and his behavior, but rather, every time the little boy does put the toys back, the parent will praise him and his behavior and that is exactly how he will reinforce the positive behavior, and in the end geting the wanted results.

7. CHALLENGES vs. PROBLEMS. Happy people will see PROBLEMS as CHALLENGES, as opportunities to explore new ways of doing things, expressing their gratitude for them, understanding that underneath them all lies many opportunities that will allow them to expand and to grow.

8. SELFLESSNESS vs. SELFISHNESS. They do what they do not for themselves, but for the good of others, making sure that they bring meaning, empowerment and happiness in the lives of many. They look for ways to give and to share the best of themselves with the world and to make other people happy.

”Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.”Buddha

9. ABUNDANCE vs. LACK/POVERTY. They have an abundant mindset living a balanced life, achieving abundance in all areas of life.

10. DREAMING BIG vs. BEING REALISTIC. These people don’t really care about being realistic. Theylove and dare to dream big, they always listen to their heart and intuition and the greatness of their accomplishments scares many of us.

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” Goethe

11. KINDNESS vs. CRUELTY. They are kind to themselves and others and they understand the power of self love, self forgiveness and self acceptance.

12. GRATITUDE vs. INGRATITUDE. No no matter where they look, no matter where they are or with who, they have this capacity of seeing beauty where most of us would only see ugliness, opportunities, where most of us would only see struggles, abundance where most of us would only see lack and theyexpress their gratitude for them all.

13. PRESENCE/ ENGAGEMENT vs. DISENGAGEMENT. They know how to live in the present moment, appreciating what they have and where they are, while still having big dreams about the future.

“When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. The mind in itself is a wonderful tool. Dysfunction sets in when you seek your self in it and mistake it for who you are.” Eckhart Tolle

14. POSITIVITY vs. NEGATIVITY. No matter what happens to them, they always seem to keep a positive perspective on everything and by doing so, they tend irritate a lot of negative and “realistic” people.

15. TAKING RESPONSIBILITY vs. BLAMING. They take full ownership over their lives and they rarely use excuses. Happy people understand that the moment you choose to blame some outside forces for whatever it is that happens to you, you are in fact giving all your power away, and they choose to keep the power for themselves and taking responsibility for everything that happens to them.

If God Is Present Everywhere, Why Go To Places of Worship?

By Sudhir Krishnan <https://www.facebook.com/Inspirations.By.Sudhir.Krishnan>

If God is present everywhere, then why go to places of worship? 

If you plan to start an exercise program to get physically fit, the only important thing is that you exert your body – you do not have to go anywhere. However most people are likely to join a gym to get fit. Why is this?

1) The gym provides knowledgeable instructors. Although you could work out on your own, it is hard to beat the experience of well trained professionals who can guide you and personalize a fitness program just for you.

2) The gym has the necessary equipment for you to train. Although you can buy some equipment yourself, it is hard to beat the variety and sophistication of the gym equipment.

3) When you belong to a gym, you get an opportunity to interact with other people of similar interest. You can work out with others in small or large groups. You learn what others are doing and what is working and not working for them. The interaction of people with common interest allows for sharing and provides motivation and inspiration for the entire group.

While we go to the gym to get physically fit, we go to places of worship to get “spiritually fit”. Just like you could work out your body on your own and not necessarily go to a gym, you do not have go to any particular place to find God. However many people still prefer to go places of worship for reasons similar to going to a gym above, which are:

1) Places of worship provides knowledgeable teachers in the forms of priests, ministers, Rabbis, spiritual teachers etc who can guide you on your path. Although you can learn from books, tapes and DVDs, these things are inert and cannot answer back when a question rises in your mind and you need additional clarification as to how a specific piece of spiritual knowledge applies in the context of your life.

2) Places of worship have the necessary equipment that help you to connect to your own higher self. This equipment can include a common location where people can meet, deities you can personally relate to, equipment to sing/chant/pray etc.

3) And most importantly, when you go to places of worship, you meet other people who are also on the path just like you. This allows for a “satsang”, where people come together and share their personal experiences with the group. This allows for each person to get inspired and motivated from the experiences of the entire group. Additionally, when a lot of people with similar spiritual goals meet, the energy of the place is raised, which benefits all its members.

Affirmations for Positive Daily Living

Surrender & Patience:

When things take longer than I expect, I am reminded that I have more time than I thought, and that there’s a wondrous journey unfolding. Today, I relax and enjoy it all!

Prosperity:

Good events, gifts, and money are—right now—pouring into my experience; and to it all I say, “Yes!” “More of that, please!” and “THANK YOU!”

Self-Love & Hope:

In every moment, I am a brand new thought in the Mind of God, a fresh and radiant stream of unlimited potential. All I see before me are infinite possibilities!

Security & Peace:

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance that Life unfolds in perfection. I am safe, protected, surrounded with Love, and I radiate serenity.

Health & Wellbeing:

When I envision myself as Wellbeing itself, I align with all the rejuvenative power of the Universe. As I hold that focus, every cell of my being must follow. I now blossom in radiant health!

Abundance:

There is plenty for everyone, including me. Life is lavish in its abundance. All of my needs are met before I even ask. My good comes from everywhere and everyone, and I am grateful!

Clarity:

I am not limited by my past thinking or experiences. I constantly have new insights, so each moment is an opportunity to express more of my full potential. I now am open to receive guidance on the perfect next step to take.

Healing:

I am lifted to new heights as every cell of my body now rejuvenates and aligns with perfect health. I claim and accept that my body and all of its systems are in balance and functioning perfectly!

Harmony & Compromise:

In any situation, as I agree to an outcome that is for the Highest Good of all, my loving actions create meaningful connections that reverberate far beyond me. Then, I am modeling the creation of Peace on Earth.

© Gretchen Kennedy, RScP

Positive Poems, Thoughts, and Quotes on Death, Dying, Immortality, Heroes, and Eternity

Everyone on this earth has lost loved ones. This is a natural and universal aspect of material existence. There is one universal Life Force, expressing Itself through all beings. The same Consciousness that expressed Itself through my loved ones who have moved on is now expressing Itself through every being around me. When loving others and offering my gifts, I love and honor myself and all of Life.

In that spirit, I offer this collection to you which I gathered for a service I designed that was held today at Awakened Heart called “9/11, In Memorium”:

When The Day came —
The Day I had lived and died for —
The Day that is not in any calendar —
Clouds heavy with love
Showered me with wild abundance.
Inside me, my soul was drenched with joy.
Around me, even the desert grew green.
–Kabir

No one can be responsible for someone else’s death. Each soul has selected the hour and the place when he or she will transition from this plane. Others are simply the instruments we use for our departure.
— Ernest Holmes

The bitterest tears shed over graves
are for words left unsaid
and deeds left undone.
–Harriet Beecher Stowe

For death really begins with life’s first breath,
And real life begins at the touch of death.
–John Oxenham

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
–Arthur Ashe

Because I could not stop for death
He kindly stopped for me.
The carriage held but just ourselves
And immortality.
– Emily Dickinson

There is but one freedom:
To put oneself right with death.
After that everything is possible.
I cannot force you to believe in God.
Believing in God amounts to coming
to terms with death. When you have
accepted death, the riddle of God
will be solved–and not the reverse.
— Camus, Albert

Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.
-David Searls

There is no death! What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call Death.
-Henry W. Longfellow

Heroes are great precisely because they do not allow fear and other human weaknesses to deter them from doing great works.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
and never stops at all.
-Emily Dickenson

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
—Helen Keller

There is nothing the body suffers which the soul may not profit by.
— George Meredith

God shall wipe all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death,
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
-Revelation 21:4

I think only through suffering all our wonderful human qualities come out in us. Unless and until you suffer, how will you understand other’s suffering?”
-Sree Chakravarti

We need to ask, “What is death? What is the nature of that energy, that power, that consciousness which, when it was in the body, caused it to think, speak, move, love, feel and create?” When that energy leaves the body, that energy is still living, breathing, thinking, moving, loving, feeling, and creating. It is simply happening in another form that most of us cannot directly appreciate until we, ourselves, die.

Loss is a basic part of our life cycle. Whatever is born must die. Whatever grows must decay. These are universal laws. We tend to forget that these physical bodies are mortal. Everything we see around us will—one day—decay and cease to be. That includes all plants, animals, people, buildings, cities, the planet earth, the sun and even the galaxies. Everything in the physical universe is temporary. When this fact is understood and accepted, we are free to discover inner and everlasting sources of security and happiness.

Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.
—Carol Pearson

I believe it is the nature of all people to be heroes, given the chance.
—James A. Autry

Contact with death awakens us to the fact that someday we too will die. This generates a number of questions. Why have we taken our own physical body? Is our life part of some greater process? If so, what does it require of us? Will we have fulfilled our life purpose? How can we live our lives more in harmony with that purpose? Answering these questions might motivate us to change our life style, live a more meaningful existence, improve our character, purify our love, or investigate the deeper truths of life. We may also discover that life is more meaningful when we value others and their needs.

Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they’ve stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments.
—Kevin Costner

This, to me, is the ultimate heroic trait of ordinary people: they say no to the tyrant, and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance.
–Philip K. Dick

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along. And upon the death of one, still so they remain.

When The Day came —
The Day I had lived and died for —
The Day that is not in any calendar —
Clouds heavy with love
Showered me with wild abundance.
Inside me, my soul was drenched with joy.
Around me, even the desert grew green.
–Kabir

My place is the placeless,
the trace of the traceless
neither body
or soul

I belong to the Beloved,
have seen the two worlds as One
and that One is
First,
Last,
Outer,
Inner.

Only that breath
breathing,
human
being.
— Rumi

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
–Dalai Lama

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, nation to nation, human to human, and human to other forms of life.
–Dalai Lama

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
— Rabindranath Tagore

God, the universal life-force and energy running through everything, is an intelligent presence pervading all space; a self-existent cause; a perfect unit, a complete wholeness, and it is always Good.
–Ernest Holmes

No one can rob us of our own soul, and our spirit is already one with the eternal goodness.
–Ernest Holmes

You and I are born out of God, and just as we are born out of a divine urge that creates, so do we die. It is all creation. It is all evolution.
–Ernest Holmes

Wake up! Your word is all powerful. Your consciousness is one with Omnipotence. Your thought is infinite. Your destiny is eternal and your home is everlasting heaven.
–Ernest Holmes

We have within us a power that is greater than anything that we shall ever contact in the outer, a power that can overcome every obstacle in our life and set us safe, satisfied and at peace, healed and prosperous, in a new light, and in a new life. Mind, all mind, is right here. It is God’s Mind, God’s creative Power, God’s creative Life. We have as much of this Power to use in our daily life as we can believe in and embody.
–Ernest Holmes

Perfect peace to the soul rests in the realization of our unity with all there is, was, or ever will be. We are one with Infinite Mind. All the power of Spirit is working through our thought as we believe and receive.
–Ernest Holmes

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
–Albert Einstein

Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
–Blackfoot Proverb

When I was hungry
I have killed the deer
and the plants he feeds upon.
I have taken fish from the water
And birds from the sky.
In my life I have needed death
So that my life can be.
As I live and when I die
I must also give life
To what has nourished me.
The earth receives my body
And gives it to the plants
And to the caterpillars
To the birds
And to the coyotes
Each in its own turn so that
The circle of life is never broken.
–Native American Prayer

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
–Mary Frye