Forgiveness is one of the most powerful things we can ever do. True forgiveness involves reclaiming your own power. The person whom you are forgiving is a person you have been granting an unreasonable amount of power over you. I remember a friend of mine who was raised by an alcoholic father, who constantly went on and on about how he had ruined her life. This woman was 55 years old. She had not seen her father in more than 30 years. He had been dead for 20 years. And yet, she was still giving him power over her happiness. She was blaming him for the unhappiness that she still had in her life.
I’m not saying that her father did not mistreat her and her mother. From her stories, I know that he truly made her life miserable. However she has continued to make herself miserable my cleaning to memories of those old events and not forgiving him.
If she had been able to forgive him and move forward, she would’ve reclaimed her own power over her happiness. Her happiness is her responsibility, not the responsibility of a man who had been dead for 20 years. If she ever realizes that, her capacity for happiness will be enormous.
My own mother had never forgiven my father for his cruelty to the day she died in 2011. My father had died in 1982 and my parents had been divorced since 1967. And during all of those years, my mother’s bitterness toward my father never waned. Needless to say, she was a very unhappy person most of the time. When you allow yourself to feel bitterness towards another person, that bitterness spills over into the rest of your life and poisons it in a way that severely reduces your ability to be happy.
Is has been said many times, that “the moment of power is now.” What that means is that it is only in the present, right here, right now, that you can exercise your power to change your life. The past is gone. The future has not yet arrived. You cannot operate from a point of power in either the past or the future. If you are allowing your grudges and negative feelings to keep you in the past, you are keeping yourself from the now. You are keeping yourself from the only place where you can exercise real power.
The biggest gift that forgiveness brings is not to the person being forgiven. It is the gift of freedom to the person doing the forgiving. When you truly forgive, you are free to move forward. You are no longer tied to that heavy anchor of blame that holds you back. When we give up all of the grudges and bad feelings that we hold for others, it is very much like shedding hundreds of pounds of weight.
You can give yourself this gift right now. Start forgiving everyone for everything. Especially forgive yourself. Forgive your parents. Forgive your siblings. Forgive your children. Forgive your grandparents. Forgive your coworkers. Forgive the politicians and news media. Forgive everyone for everything. When you step into your power by releasing all of that negativity, you will realize there was nothing to forgive. And the fact that you have forgiven is a great gift for you, as it releases everything that was holding you back.
As most of you know, many sounds have a vibrational quality that is soothing or agitating or even healing. Some people use music to put themselves in a good mood. Others may use music to relieve stress. Various sounds have the ability to change our moods, and even our blood pressure.
I have met people at metaphysical conferences who use music, sounds, and similar modalities to help people heal. If you consider that everything in existence is vibration, then you must acknowledge that vibration can produce results.
I found this nifty video that has a visual mandala you can look at while listening to the sound.
They claim this sound resonates to your pineal gland. They say it also boosts dopamine in the brain. If this is true, spending a few minutes looking at the image and listening to the sound can give you a real brain boost. I wonder if people who have Parkinson’s disease have tried this with any positive results?
At any rate, I found this very soothing to listen to (and quite hypnotic). I hope you will find it pleasant, as well.
I know a lot has been written about the power of gratitude to change one’s life. Even so, I don’t think anyone can ever say too much about it. Practicing gratitude for everything in your life is at the foundation of a spiritual existence.
We come from Source. Source is our source. And the source of everything in our lives, including what we have, what we think, how we live, and what we allow into our consciousness. Everything that flows into our lives comes as a result of the law of attraction.
This law of attraction could just as easily be called “Resonance.” If you put two pianos in a room that are properly tuned, and you play the middle C note on one piano, you will see that the string for middle C is also vibrating on the other piano. That is because the two strings resonate to each other. The activation of one automatically activates the other.
Just as the strings on the piano vibrate, and therefore resonate to each other, our thoughts vibrate and resonate to the corresponding situations. Thoughts of gratitude bring more things to be grateful for. Thoughts of lack attract more thoughts which are conscious of how much we lack, and therefore create or attract more situations of lack.
Gratitude is probably the most important thing you can start with if you want to improve the circumstances of your life. Be grateful that you have air to breathe, that you can read, that there are so many wonderful things in this life to explore.
I am in the process of finishing my new book about gratitude ( I call it Gratitude Attitude), which I hope will be published within a few months. The wonderful thing about working on this book, is that it keeps me in a state of awareness of the importance of gratitude and of how much I have to be grateful for.
I have visited some of the poorest areas in the world, and I guarantee that if you are in a first world country, you have much to be grateful for. There are so many people in the world who do not even have the most basic needs met. And those of us in the modern countries who have our basic needs met have much to be grateful for. Expressing gratitude for even the smallest thing such as enough food to eat, will help bring more things into your life for which you can express gratitude.
Think of five things every day that you are grateful for. Write them down. And express thanks that these are in your life.
Life is full of things to inspire us. Whether it is children making beautiful music with instruments made out of things thrown in the landfill, a man who makes art by balancing rocks, someone who can fly kites as if they were birds soaring together on the wind, or anything else that you find inspirational, pay attention to it and allow it to fill you with its energy.
Unfortunately, our news media bombards us with bad news. Stories about evil, violence, destruction, poverty, and death are much more prominent in the media than stories that uplift us. For that reason, we must each constantly seek our own source of inspiration.
Luckily, there is much to inspire us. I saw a story about a handicapped lion who has a dachshund for his best friend that inspired me. The dachshund had sensed that the lion was handicapped, and spent time comforting it. And now the lion, who weighs about 500 pounds cuddles with the 8 pound dachshund.
There are stories about people who find someone’s wallet or purse, and return it without taking anything. My own grandmother, who was poor herself, kept the back door of her small house in a small Kansas town unlocked, so anyone who was hungry could get something to eat. Whatever she had she would share with others. She never had a lot – no steaks, no shrimp, no caviar, no fancy food at all. She might have a pot of beans, or perhaps some chicken and noodles, but whatever she had she would share with others.
Her compassion and kindness is an inspiration to me to this day. She passed in 1990, but I think of her every day. When she died, over 300 people attended her funeral. This was in a town of only about 1500 people.
I find stories of kindness, generosity, compassion, and sharing with others to be extremely inspirational and uplifting. Pay more attention to those kinds of stories then to the poisonous stories the news throws at you every night.
Today is the New Moon, the time for new beginnings. It is the perfect time to plant the seeds of your future. I suggest you perform a New Moon Prosperity ritual every New Moon if possible. It is the most powerful if you do it within 24 hours after the New Moon.
As part of my process, I made some Blank Prosperity Checks to use to write checks from the Universe to myself. I made them look like the bank checks we are accustomed to seeing. There are three checks on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Here is what they look like: Continue reading New Moon — New Beginnings
Creativity comes in an unlimited number of forms. It can be as simple as changing a recipe, or as complex as designing massive art and sculpture. For all of us, when we tap into our creativity, we are tapping into source at a very pure level.
There is a very creative man named Michael Grab who does rock sculptures near the area where I live. He does not use any mortar, or glue, and yet he creates amazing compositions using rocks. He says he finds the place where the rock wants to be balanced. He calls that the tripod within the rock.
I have posted a few pictures from his site, GravityGlue.com. I hope you find these as amazing and inspirational as I do. They look so impossible. And yet they exist.
Mr. Grab has reminded me that impossible only exists in the mind. Creativity is always the answer to any “impossible” situation.
I hope you enjoy these photos. You can visit his website for even more inspiration.
I have been moving this website from an old server to a new one. Moving a WordPress blog can be a little tricky. I sent out an email to everyone who had registered on the site to warn them that it would be down for a few days.
I told them that the site would be back up by June 1, 2013. I am pleased that it is back up today, May 28. Luckily, the site was only down for two days. It is my sincere hope that no one was severely inconvenienced during the time the site was down.
If, during the time you spend on the site, you notice a broken link or a missing graphic, please contact me and let me know, so I can fix it. Also, if you find any part of the site that isn’t working, please let me know as well. It is hard for me to go through 188 blog posts with a fine tooth comb in the limited amount of time that I have.
So far, the transition from the old server to the new one seems to be fairly smooth. I hope that it remains smooth and easy for you to navigate this site.
If you have any other suggestions regarding the site feel free to contact me using the contact page.
There is an orchestra in an impoverished town in Paraguay where most of the instruments are fashioned from garbage and thrown away trash from the landfill. The young people who play in this orchestra are incredibly talented, and grateful for the chance to make beautiful music.
They don’t stop and complain about the fact that their instruments are made from trash. Instead they elevate the quality of the music they make with their homemade instruments. I find them to be very inspirational.
It reminds me that as a new year is beginning again, we need to approach our lives with creativity and possibility rather than negativity and complaining. The old adage “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is never more true than with this orchestra. These kids are proof positive that anything is possible, as long as you have a dream and you point your life towards it.
Beauty an inspiration exist everywhere. Even in the slums and landfills of Paraguay where no one has anything. Their orchestra will be touring in the future, and a documentary is being made about them. Watch this wonderful video and be inspired to yourself.
There is a man named Ray Bethell in Vancouver, Canada, who flies kites with more skill than anyone I have ever seen. He is in his 80s, and his skin is old and weathered from spending so much time in the sun. And when he flies his kites, it is as if a beautiful visual symphony is playing.
He reminds us that we are not limited in any way. We can soar in the skies. We can feel the joy of freedom and weightlessness lift us up. I have watched this at least a dozen times, and every time I feel inspired.
Watch this video and feel your heart soar with the kites. Feel your energy dance and fly.
When one thinks of an orchestra, you think of many different instruments. Percussion, woodwinds, string instruments, horns, etc. There is a band local to me, called the Boulder Bassoon Band. Their music is true to their name. A bunch of people playing bass in rooms, and making beautiful music.
There is also a very interesting orchestra in Great Britain. They are the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain. It is astonishing how they are able to create full orchestral pieces using only ukuleles.
Ukuleles bring to mind Hawaiian music, hula dancers, and perhaps some casual music. Who knew they could be so orchestral? I put this video in to show the actual scope of what is possible with a tiny instrument that has only four strings. I hope you enjoy this video and become inspired by people who took a look at the ukulele and imagined all of its possibilities. We should do the same thing with every aspect of our lives. Look for the possibilities, even if they are not obvious.