Attitude is Everything

Below is a four-minute video about how our attitude is the basis for our thoughts, which aggregate and become beliefs. The beliefs become the framework for our reality. Our attitude generates the emotions that color and fill in the framework with a “reality” that seems quite solid, tough it is but an illusion.

Change your attitude — change the illusion.

Text copyright © 2010 by Victoria Young

The Joy of Thinking Less

Almost all of us are burdened with thinking too much. I myself attained a fifth-degree black-belt equivalent in thinking too much. I thought all the time. I had my ego tied up in being an intellectual, which I thought was a good thing.

I believed that my ability to think “in-depth” about things, know the history and inter-relationships of things gave me value. I was always trying to figure everything out. Always wanting to be ready with the answers if someone asked.

About 25 years ago someone said to me that not everyone had a zillion thoughts in their mind all of the time. How could someone not think all the time? It was a concept I could not ‘grok.’

Until I stuck to a regular meditation practice and witnessed a calming mind within.

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No Heaven, No Hell, No Karma

I’ve never been able to get behind the concepts of Heaven, Hell and Karma. They all presume that there is a “person or persons” that is/are separate from us and keeping score. It also presumes that there is a fixed set of rules by which they keep the score. (And of course, the rules vary, depending on your religious system.)

Heaven, Hell and Karma are reward and punishment systems. If you do what is on the “approved” or “recommended” list, you get a ticket to Heaven or Good Karma. If you do what is on the “no-no” or “sin” list, you go straight to Hell or have Bad Karma.

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Weight Loss, Cowboys and Scarlet O’Hara

The United States is a nation known for its fast food chains, processed foods, high fructose drinks (weren’t we called the Coca Cola nation at some point?) and fostering an increasing sedentary lifestyle. We are known as a nation of cowboys – men who give one-word answers and whose actions express their deepest feelings – and Scarlet O’Hara’s – overly emotional and superficial women who only want to be taken care of. Although these are two pretty outdated and unfair stereotypes, a lot of Americans seem to wear them proudly.

Our nation is also one of the most overweight countries in the world and, therefore, obsessed with weight loss. Most magazines, television talk shows and nutrition experts claim that our unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical activity is the root of most overweight issues of Americans. I believe the impetus of our weight challenges is not just our negative physical habits; it’s our emotional, mental, and spiritual states of being.

I have had challenges with my weight since by early twenties. I remember graduating from college, moving back home and launching my job search. I mailed out hundreds of resumes and rarely received a response. Although I worked as a temp to make money and networking connections, I became increasingly disillusioned and unhappy. I started eating more to hide my hurt and frustration. Before I knew it I had gone from a size 10 to a size 18 in a matter of eight months. Although I was working out a couple of times a week, I was so focused on my job search that I didn’t realize my additional weight until I finally got a job and went shopping for appropriate clothes. I was devastated.

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Flow of Light Chakra – Constant Flow of Energy

The Flow of Light Chakra is the second of four chakras in the Heart Region of body; it is located in the right breast. This chakra allows us to realize our permanence in the universe. We are and will always be a constant flow of light, love, and life force radiating out energizing the universe. Part of our spiritual journey is to know and be (go into action) as this constant flow of energy radiating out to support the universe. The spiritual symbol for this chakra is a crystal sphere and its color vibration is emerald green.

“Jacqueline” is a real estate broker, has three grown children and is currently married to her second husband. She describes most of her life as being difficult. She grew up relatively poor after her mom divorced her dad when she was six years old. Her mom moved Jacqueline and her siblings from Cleveland to a small town about 150 miles away so the family could have a “fresh start.”

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What Would Hera, Venus and Bast Say? – Part 1

Be like the gods and laugh at yourselves!

I remember reading this or something like it years ago and not quite understanding the full meaning of the quote. I kind of got that it meant not to take life so seriously, but a 20 year old always takes her/himself seriously. Twenty year olds are at a juncture in their journey where everything is done in serious earnest. Now that I am older I take every opportunity to laugh at myself: my need to be right; the need to be perfect; any perceived indignation; and my judgment of others.

However what else do I need to learn? My friend Eve and I were having lunch musing over what the Goddess from all the ancient cultures would have to say about some of the things we worry ourselves with during the course of a day and what is really important about life. Here’s a part of our dream conversation with the Ancients.

Shirlyn: “Will I ever find the love of my life?”
Goddesses: “A more fitting question is will your love ever be able to catch up with you! Go live a full life and love will always find you!”

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Are You Good Enough?

I’ll answer the question in the title right away. You ARE good enough. Right now. Right here. No assembly required. No additives needed. A little TLC would be fine.

That inner voice that keeps telling you that you are wrong, late, fat, ugly, geeky, stupid, or whatever — is just a continuing dialogue of what you were taught by others. Parents, peers in school and television shows are really good at telling us we are not enough. In the case of other people, they are just repeating what was taught to them. They are just parrots, repeating a bunch of crap they don’t really understand.

It’s a good idea to tell yourself “that’s THEIR issue” when someone is telling you that you are not enough. It is only YOUR issue if you believe what they tell you.

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Divine Comprehension Chakra

The first of eight chakras in the Solar Plexus Region is called Manipura in Sanskrit and “Divine Comprehension by my High Self.”  It is located on the spine opposite the navel and its color vibration is golden yellow.  This chakra represents how well we combine and express Divine Wisdom and Practical Knowledge in our lives.

When our souls are created in the Spiritual Realms we are imbued with everything that is Spirit.  We are the very essence of Spirit:  the microcosm of the macrocosm, the alpha and the omega.   We begin our educational process in the spiritual realms learning what Spirit is, who we are, why Spirit decided to expand Itself and create us, and how our existence transforms Spirit.

Ninety-nine percent of all of our education, Divine Wisdom, is gained while we are in the Spiritual Realms.  The final one percent of our education, Practical Knowledge, is gained through the incarnation process.

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The Rules For Being Human

I have no idea who originated this set of “ruled.” I know I received it in more than one e-mail. And the first time was more than ten years ago. I have saved it all these years because I deeply resonated with it.

Every time I read it, it rings true for me. I would like to thank the anonymous person who wrote these “rules.”

THE RULES FOR BEING HUMAN

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s the only thing you are sure to keep for the rest of your life.

2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called “life” on planet earth. Every person or incident you encounter is the Universal Teacher.

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation. Failures are as much a part of the process as success.

4. A lesson is repeated until it is learned. It is presented to you in various forms until you learn it.

5. External problems are a precise reflection of your internal state.

6. There is nothing better than here. When your there becomes a here you will simply obtain another there that again looks better than here.

7. Others are only mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another unless it reflects something you love or hate in yourself.

8. Your life is up to you. Life provides the canvas: you do the painting.

9. You always get what you want. Your subconscious rightly determines what energies, experiences and people you attract – therefore, the only foolproof way to know what you want is to look at what you have.

10. There is no right or wrong, but there are consequences. Moralizing doesn’t help – judgments only hold the patterns in place. Just do your best.

11. Your answers lie inside you. At first we need guidance from others, but as we mature we learn to trust our hearts, where Laws of Spirit are written.

12. You forgot all of this.

13. You can remember any time you wish.

I find these words very comforting. I hope these words resonate with you, as well.

Copyright © 2010 by Victoria Young

Review – A New Earth by Eckart Tolle

I was lucky enough to find this book in March 2007, when I was going through a personal crisis. I read it twice. I am now reading it again. The wisdom contained in this book goes far beyond words. (Odd for me to say, I know, since a book is a collection of words.)

A New Earth reminds us who we really are. We are pure Source energy, eternal and forever a part of the One Source of all-that-is. The quietness of meditation helps us realize that. Tolle says that when we don’t remember who we are, we are experiencing the Pain Body, the pain from the negative energy field that occupies the body and mind. It is an emotional pain body.

I discovered recently, when working with someone on thoughts creating reality, that you cannot consistently create the reality you want if you don’t know who you really are. The person I was working with claims to believe that we create our reality. And yet she was completely resisting ownership of something she created.

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