You can feel good about yourself! You can feel more confident and certain about who you really are? Even if you have to work really hard to feel OK about yourself today, you can make progress and grow beyond the limitations you might be feeling about yourself and your life. Continue reading
Every day we have opportunities to trust Spirit, to go more deeply into truth, and to surrender whatever comes up that appears to be blocking our self-realization. The miracles of God are often simple opportunities to let go of our thoughts, feelings and reactions and step into the greater conscious willingness that is within us. There are times when the energy flow is great, high and mighty and there are also times when the flow appears less apparent.
Last week I went for an eye exam and the eye doctor did not like the appearance of one of my eyes. He set up an MRI and the scan revealed a tumor that was pushing on my eye. That set off a series of referrals that led me to an ENT doctor and surgeon that is referring me to sinus doctor that specializes in delicate procedures. All of this has challenged my capacity to ride the waves of uncertainty and trust the process and stay in the present with my energy and present moment awareness.
When we have something coming up for us that adds waves to our internal calmness, what works for me is to call forth “The Presence,” and surrender all my feeling, the emotional energy and wrap it up and give it to Spirit. The vital energies and power of our humanity stirs up the “what if’s” and that is where the inner work for the moment has to be focused. Healing and raising my vibration.
I use prayer, dialog with the divine, contemplation, meditation, spiritual study and affirmations as part of my daily spiritual practice. Over the years I have used the daily Spiritual Mind Treatments in Creative Thought, Unity,
Agape International, and in the Science of Mind magazines, Louise Hays, Deepak Chopra’s and many others. One of favorite daily tools is “Affirmations for Self- Healing” by Swami Kriyananda, direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.
“I hold my thoughts up to the calmness within; in calmness I receive inspiration from my higher Self.”
Paramhansa Yogananda said: “The GREATER the WILL, the greater the FLOW OF ENERGY.”
Today I trust in the divine flow and process that is leading me into the unique rhythm,pulse and ever greater attunement with Spirit. I give thanks for all that is in my life and all that I am, knowing I am always loved, guided, guarded and directed by the Spirit of the Indwelling Presence and so are you. And So It Is!
Know how deeply loved you are, Blessings, Rev. Barb
One of my daily practices is observing my thoughts. I pay close attention to what I am feeling about the thoughts that occupy my mind. My feelings and energy always produce the outcomes of my day. If I don’t like what I am experiencing, I ask myself if I want to plant more seeds like the ones I am experiencing in the moment. If I keep my mind and heart in the same place, there is no doubt that I will create more of the same. If I want different results I must think a new thought and create a new energy to carry that wisdom into a new vision and affirmative decision.
When I observe how I am feeling about life and especially myself, I have to ask – am I being seduced by the shadow instead of the light? We are living in very unusual times when it is tough to tell the difference between in some circumstances. The line of delineation has gotten very foggy in these very media driven times.
I ask myself, am I being helpful and bringing forth the truth or am I being seduced by the separated ego that can be caught up in the shadows of fear, competition, comparison, the highs and lows of life. We are here on the planet to become self realized. Our destiny is to rise to a greater octave and attunement by fully realizing who we really are as children of the most high. When we fall into the hands of dark thoughts, attitudes, separation and fear we loose our way and stand in the fog of mis-perception and identifying ourselves with darkness instead of the light of our divinity. That is when we will hide out and drug ourselves with food, alcohol, drugs, sexuality, shopping, busyness, diversions that take on many shades and hues.
We can grow beyond this separating strategies as we observe what is going on within us. All spiritual paths ask us to be aware of our thoughts and actions. It is a deliberate and conscious practice using our will to forgive ourselves and others for the millions of times we will fall short of our highest potential. We simply cannot ever give up. The times we are living in calls for great diligence. To me it means staying the course of my spiritual practice even when it is not easy. Making progress on our spiritual path won’t be easy, but it is always very rewarding. It will prove to be a blessing for ourselves and others in the days to come. It is an investment in the future – because for whatever reason – we were all born into a time of great change. We choose to support the expansion of the light or we will drift into the dark shadows and not ever recognize that we are consumed by something more powerful than our individual ego. I ask myself, am I expanding or contracting my consciousness in this moment.
I believe in you. I know you are a child of the most high, deserving of your good. Accept it with me and see an increasing opening of the doors of love within your own heart. We must have that compassion for ourselves as we observe where we are – and then we can have a much greater capacity to be of service to others. Remember – whoever you judge is just a mirror of yourself. Whatever you project outside of yourself – is a mirror of what is going on inside of you somewhere. We are looking at life from a caterpillars vantage point and we are butterflies within the fragile moments of life – inspired to be an opening for a more expansive awareness.
I pray that these words can support you in some way. Hopefully this lifts your heart and inspires you to keep going deeper in your own practices. Keep exploring, practicing and expanding your spiritual realization and know it will bring greater joy and happiness into your life.
Affirm with me: I live in the faith and trust that God’s wisdom and truth are active within me. Within my inner most being, I am guided by love, lifted into my heart and guided into right actions. I attune myself to Spirit and I Practice the Presence in every conscious moment of my life. I release the opinions of others and any desire for their approval or fear of their judgment. I am free in the Spirit and I only live for God. And So It Is!
Know that you are loved. Joy, Rev Barb
When I first began using affirmations, I repeated them a few times and hoped that what I had affirmed would manifest. When they did not, I thought they just did not work. Have you used affirmations in your life? If you’ve tried using them and did not receive the results that you had hoped for, it might be because of the way that you used them. Continue reading
Free yourself from energy blocks and enter into the divine flow.
“You are the changer, God works through you and as you. Your part is to realize that you can break free of the limitations that you have believed were so, and therefore have held tight to the banks of your limiting perceptions.”
To listen to Reverend Barb’s inspiring “River of Life talk,” that she delivered at Unity in the Gold Country, click here.
Spiritual Growth Tips for Your Spiritual Tool Box
Learning to observe ourselves and watch the tendencies of our thoughts is a life skill that makes a huge difference in our ability to be happy and free. It is not an instantaneous skill but even beginning to be aware does make a difference and eases up the drain on our energy flow. Jesus and many other Spiritual Masters tell us to “Know Thyself.” Learn to deeply reflect upon the tendency of our thoughts and find out what drives us. Eventually we will gain a deeper perception of who we really are beyond the dramas of our lives. Continue reading
Listen to Truth
In fragile moments when we are feeling vulnerable, those are the times when we can let the subconscious mind intrude upon us and throw us off course. If we listen to the voice of truth we will lift our energy. If we are seduced by the ego, it is likely that we will slide into the quick sand of a downward pull into negativity. With determination we can learn to live in harmony with the truth of our being. We are absolutely one with God and God is Love! Continue reading