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.

3 Ways to Turn Around a Bad Morning

We all have bad mornings from time to time, but here are 3 easy ways anyone can turn it around (and they work any time of day!):
1.  Stop, Drop, Roll —  Our experiences are dictated by our perspective. While we can’t always control what happens to us, we can certainly control our reaction to it: When we’re caught up in a frenetic and/or negative reaction to some event, we can always Stop, Drop, Roll:
Stop — Stop the reaction. No one is responsible for our reaction but us, and so no one can stop it but us. We can simply choose to create that shift at any time.
Drop — Take 10 deep breaths, and drop down into your body. Breathing is the physical act of release and renewal. With every conscious breath, we get out of the noise and drama in our heads and drop into our hearts, where love conquers all, and we know we are limitless beings.
Roll — Roll your attention away from the irritant.  What we resist persists, so as we turn our attention to what we do want, we are making a conscious acknowledgment that something better is available to us. Being open to that possibility is what starts the shift.
2.  Broaden Your Perspective. Ask yourself, “Does this really matter?” If your answer is yes, then ask yourself, “Is there one peaceful and healthy reason why I should hold onto this thought?”  The rules, roles, and expectations we place on ourselves and others are the number one causes of needless stress, anxiety, disappointment, and anger. Let it go and choose to be happy over being right… or righteous.
3.  Count Your Blessings.  Nothing creates a shift in perspective like gratitude.  When something unwanted happens, find something about that very situation you’re grateful for and acknowledge it. Then find another… and another. For instance, “My car won’t start, and it appears I may be late, but I’m so grateful that I have this job, and I’m grateful that I can call a mechanic and have it taken care of in a few days, and I’m so grateful that I have this car, and I’m so grateful that I have a coworker who lives nearby that I can get a ride with, and I’m grateful that there is public transportation if I need it!”  When we stop and appreciate something, we are catapulting our perspective and our vibration out of the negativity and drama and into the land of potential where “All Is Well.”
By Gretchen Kennedy, RScP

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

The Work (an adapted worksheet on Releasing Negativity)

Adapted from “The Work” by Byron Katie

Shifting relationships is all about shifting YOU. The goal is that YOU feel better. Anger and resentment are like taking poison hoping the other person will suffer. This tool helps us release negativity and move on in a genuine and healthy way.

Instructions: Fill in the blanks below, writing about someone (dead or alive) you haven’t yet forgiven 100 percent. Use short, simple sentences. Don’t censor yourself—try to fully experience the situation as if it were occurring right now. Take this opportunity to express your judgments on paper.

1. What is it that the person you are angry at should or shouldn’t do, be, think, or feel? What advice could you offer?
(Name)___________________ should/shouldn’t ________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________
Example: Paul should pull his weight. He shouldn’t argue with me.

2. What do they need to do in order for you to be happy?
I need (Name)__________________ to ________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________
Example: I need Paul to step up in this relationship. I need Paul to respect me.

3. What do you think of them? Make a list.
(Name)_____________________ is ___________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________
Example: Paul is unfair, arrogant, lazy, inconsiderate, and unconscious.

The Four Questions
1. Is it true? (The answer is a simple yes or no. There is no, “Well, in this situation…” If it is “no” go to #3)

2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?

3. How do you react, what happens, how do you treat others and yourself, when you believe that thought? Can you find a single, stress-free reason to keep that thought?

4. Who or what would you be without the thought?

Turning It Around
Knowing that relationships present a perfect mirror of ourselves, we can fully shift our negativity when we understand how we are triggered by things others do which are the very things we judge most in ourselves.

The Turnaround:
Taking the above judgments, turn the thought around (original thought: Paul doesn’t respect me):

a) To the self (I don’t respect me) – Could that be as true or truer?

b) To the other (I don’t respect Paul) – Could that be as true or truer?

c) To the opposite (Paul does respect me) – Could that be as true or truer?

When dealing with an object/ condition, you can replace the object with “my thinking” or “my thoughts.”

Find 2-3 genuine and specific examples of how each turnaround is true in your life (i.e. Paul not only respects me, he has empowered me to go back and get my degree, and he regularly makes considerable sacrifices so I can do that. And he has really taken over all responsibilities in some important areas, like he has been doing all the cooking lately… healthy cooking, too… and all this eating at home saves us a lot of money).

More About The Work
When You Want to Defend Yourself… Do The Work!

Defense is the first act of war.

If Paul says, “You’re wrong!” and you react with, “How can you possibly say that?” or, “I can prove that I’m right, and here’s why,” or, No, you are wrong, and I think you’re rude”—and even if you don’t say it out loud, maybe you think it, that is also stressful—and that’s the moment you’ve started the war, even if it’s a silent war festering inside of you.

When you want to defend yourself, it’s time to do The Work.

The Work allows us to consider other possibilities than our own judgmental thoughts. It shows the mind what is as true or truer than the original thought. People usually find that the Turnaround is as true or truer than the stressful thought they began with.
In doing The Work, it’s not about having others change for you, it’s about you taking responsibility and staying in your own business.

Stay focused on the changes you can create! When you take away the negative thoughts and judgments, you open yourself to being altogether different…. and meeting this person from there, full of possibility.

Find free worksheets and other tools at http://www.thework.com.

Spiritual Mind Treatment (Affirmative Prayer) Worksheet

Spiritual Mind Treatment (Affirmative Prayer) Worksheet

Thoughts become things… choose the good ones! ~ Tut.com.

Your word kicks off the active creative process. Truth, particularly when spoken aloud and with passion, not only imprints onto your own consciousness, it is an energy so powerful that it becomes a thing itself.

PURPOSE STATEMENT:

What is the end result you desire? (a rewarding job, a romantic relationship, perfect health, renewed passion for life, a new baby, etc.):

QUALITIES OF GOD: Choose 1 – 5 Qualities of God to reveal in order to manifest your end result:
Unity
Omniscience
Omnipotence
Omnipresence
Omni-activeness
Wholeness
Love
Perfection
Peace
Joy
Abundance
Freedom
Truth
Divine Right Order
Wisdom
Creativity
Balance
Harmony
Passion
Beauty
Clarity
Divine Right Action

The 5 Steps of the Spiritual Mind Treatment:

RECOGNITION

Here we recognize that if God exists, then God is All There Is:

God is, and God is indivisible from Itself; therefore, there is only One Presence. It is infinite, absolute, all-providing, ever-expanding, life-giving Good, and it is All There Is. And so I know that God is (insert a statement affirming the undeniable reality of each quality of God chosen):

UNIFICATION

Here we acknowledge our own individualized & perfect expression of the Infinite:

If God is All There Is, then I, too, must be of God. The Divine, in all Its infinite power and glory, is individually expressed in, as, and through me; therefore, I know that I am also (insert statements affirming your own inherent Nature to be each quality of God that you chose above):

REALIZATION

Here we outline, claim, and accept the specific desired result, knowing that we are worthy of such Good and are receptive to it forming now. It is important to be specific and speak with conviction. See it unfolding fully; right now; totally; completely; viscerally; utterly; deeply; entirely; clearly; profoundly; strongly; right here, etc.:

And, so I now speak my word that…

I claim and accept…

I choose…

I release (fear, doubt, negativity, etc./ anything that does not look like a Quality of God)…

I AM…

I know…

I receive…

THANKSGIVING

Here we express our gratitude for the shift in consciousness that is creating this perfect manifestation now:

RELEASE

We let go of the “how” and align with the perfect and wondrous ways and means for our good to come to us:

I release my word into the Universal Law of Mind, knowing that as I speak it, the Universe says, “Yes!” And, it is already done in absolute perfection, right here and right now! And so it is!

© Gretchen Kennedy, RScP