Our Heart’s Joy

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Love, Celia

“Perhaps the most ironic part of this understanding is that when you focus on what you have instead of what you want, you end up getting more of what you want anyway.  It works this way:   The gratitude that develops acts as positive energy, or fuel, that leads toward your heart’s desire.  Optimism leads to satisfaction, which encourages you to take action and look for more positive aspects in your life.   Negativity, or focusing your energy on what’s lacking in your life, only encourages you to find more of the same.  It’s impossible to feel satisfied.   What’s more, your negative attention will act as negative fuel, encouraging you to focus on mistakes and pitfalls, which means you’ll end up getting less of what you want.  The best way to learn the art of gratitude is to practice ignoring or dismissing the thoughts you have that interfere with this feeling.”  Richard Carlson

If we focus on lacks, guess what, more lack will show up in our lives.  Most of us already know this, for poverty thinking is it own fuel in the law of attraction.  Let us, instead, focus on thanks for what we already have, and there is not a person reading this who does not have bountiful blessings, materially and spiritually.  We just have to settle in to appreciate these blessings, and more and more will descend upon our heads.

If we in the doldrums, we tend to stay there.  To lift our mood immediately, dwell on what has gone right in our lives.   Be reassured that much that is right is just below the surface of our attentions, because it is egoic human nature to dwell on what has gone wrong.  When we let the ego drift away, we can see that benefits have followed us at every turn.  And then the positivity of our new mind slant will see that our heart’s joy envelops us.  This can happen right away, no waiting required.  Our heart’s joy is the bonanza that we have longed to receive, and it turns on gratitude for what is already ours.

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Believe!

“At first, choose goals that are fairly easy for you to believe in, that you feel are possible to realize in the fairly near future.  That way you won’t have to deal with too much negative resistance in yourself, and you can maximize your feelings of success as you are learning creative visualization.  Later, when you have more practice, you can take on more difficult or challenging problems and issues.”  Shakti Gawain, Creative Visualization

Our affirmations do, in fact, come true—unless we choose things in which we cannot truly believe.  If we doubt, we ruin the connection.

So:  Start small, choosing something in which you easily believe.  Our success will fuel the future, and then we will know that visualizations do actually work.  As The Secret says, put movement in your visualizations, and it will be easier to hold to them in our minds.

Belief in the unseen IS the key.  Nothing else works.  If we don’t believe that we can have what we are visualizing, we never will.  We have to let the niggling doubts fall away, and then we will know that our hopes and dreams will come true.ur affirmations do, in fact, come true—unless we choose things in which we cannot truly believe.  If we doubt, we ruin the connection.

So:  Start small, choosing something in which you easily believe.  Our success will fuel the future, and then we will know that visualizations do actually work.  As The Secret says, put movement in your visualizations, and it will be easier to hold to them in our minds.

Belief in the unseen IS the key.  Nothing else works.  If we don’t believe that we can have what we are visualizing, we never will.  We have to let the niggling doubts fall away, and then we will know that our hopes and dreams will come true.

When Bad Things Occur

“Assist people at whatever level they understand.  Before people are aware that they create their own realities, their truth may be that they are victims of fate or circumstance.  At this level, telling them that they created the circumstances they are experiencing will only make them feel guilty and set them back.”  Sanaya Roman

Another way of saying what Sanaya is saying is that people are on the frequency of what they experience; they may not have consciously called to themselves what they are experiencing.  Being on the same frequency of something bad is as simple as feeling powerless to control what happens to us, feeling fearful of the consequences attendant to the life that we are leading, or fear of other people controlling us in a way that we would not choose.

Fear is often the culprit in the bad things that happen which seem to come out of the blue.  Fear, being a negative, can bring negative things to us.  We wouldn’t have to do anything more to attract something bad.

So the message here is to get on the frequency of positivity.  If we are uncertain how to do that, we just must ask the Universe (think God).  The Answer will not be long in coming, often just immediate.

We should never bring someone down by imagining that their thought processes have deliberately brought a terrible thing to themselves.  This type of “victim” mentality can only hurt.

Relax & Visualize

“What this means for our practical purposes is that if you learn to relax deeply and do creative visualization, you may be able to make far more effective changes in your life than you would by thinking, worrying, planning, and trying to manipulate things and people.”  Shakti Gawain, Creative Visualization

In other words, Shakti is telling us that analyzing our lives doesn’t do much good.  Sure, we can get a feel for what we want changed, but to change those things takes a less “reasonable” approach.  It takes our intuition, not our intellect, for our reason won’t get us there.  The reason does mean to say that we need take nothing unto ourselves that flies in its face, but we do need to open our minds and hearts to the truth that there is far more in this universe, these universes, than we have ever imagined.  And our internal guidance can take us to that place.

So:  visualize that which one wants, when relaxed deeply.  First in the morning, or late at night, might be a “sleepy” time to visualize, and visualization will be more effective when one is slightly sleepy.   First, settle into a chair, with back straight, and let the mind wander.  If we are in a bad mood, this will lift our spirits.  If we are already in a good place, this will lift us even higher.  The method is simple.  Just close one’s eyes, and visualize the details of our heart’s desire.  Try to keep materialism out of it, for material objects are not really where our joy is.  Material objects give us a feeling of abundance, but harmony, peace, joy, happiness—these really rev us up to what is possible.  And it is the possible with which we want to dwell.

If a visualization seems impossible to believe, then we are finding something that is not in our contract for this lifetime.  Belief is necessary, and very possible, when we are tuned into our contract made before this life was begun.  We  know what is right for us.

All along, if we find we can’t “pray” for a thing, then we are focusing on the wrong thing.  When our minds and hearts are tuned to God, we know if a rightful prayer is being prayed.  If we feel a “stop,” then Divinity is trying to get through to us.  This is not what we truly want, for God’s will and our real will have identical properties.

Visualize, and then put words to what we are thinking.  The words will tell us if our visualization is something that is meant for us.

Mercedes or Peace

“The worldly part of your mind says, ‘Well, I have to transport my body around in this plane.  Automobiles do that.  The world tells me that a Mercedes is a grand way of doing this; therefore, I will create the desire of wanting a Mercedes.’  When you manifest the Mercedes, you fool yourself into thinking that you have made great progress  when, in fact, all you have done is done what you have always done.  You have chosen what your experience will be and you have manifested it.  There is nothing new about that.  Although by so doing, you can begin to regain confidence in our ability to manifest.”  (“The Way of the Heart,” The Way of Mastery, Lesson 5, Page 61)

Yes, we can manifest the Mercedes.  By so doing, we are simply doing what we always have in keeping a focus on those experiences which we wish to have.  This reinforces the law of attraction in our minds.  We regain confidence in our ability to manifest.

When we focus on the emotions of harmony, peace, joy, enjoyment, we are onto something new and different.  A Mercedes will rust eventually.  The peaceful emotions do not, unless we turn our mind away from focusing on them.  When we rest in God’s mercy, His blessings enfold us.  A Mercedes can’t give us comfort on a cold night; God can.

Speak of Joy

“Do you speak of prosperity, joy, and abundance or do you speak of pain, problems, and woes?  People form images of you as you speak to them.  You may think that if you told everyone how abundant your life is when it is not you would be lying—yet I will say if you tell everyone how abundant your life is, very shortly you will be telling the truth!  In addition, if you can become aware of and grateful for the abundance you already have, it will increase.”  Sanaya Roman

What we speak of becomes our lot in life, for words are stronger than thoughts, and actions even stronger still.  If we think of and say positive things, then our experience will be positive.  It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, something that is akin, but not identical to, the law of attraction.

Self-fulfilling prophecies are taught in school in psychology, and so secular individuals recognize that we can create what we want in life by our choices.  From there it is only one step to the law of attraction, and certainly we want to attract good things.

Most often, psychology talks about our attracting what we don’t want, by imagining that it will be ours.  If negativity is our focus, we will not rest easy.  Our lives will drop into an abyss, and not until we cry out for help will we find surcease.  If we ask for help of God and the Universe, we will be answered, and immediately.  We need only ask, and our fondest wishes, within reason, will be sent along to us.

Keep the slant on the positive today.  If we seem to be having a bad day, make a concerted effort to alter our thinking to something much better.  Then the day will shift, and we will be home free, with God.

Being Contented

“It’s where you place your attention that determines how you’re going to feel—not what you end up acquiring or achieving.  Again, this doesn’t mean that it’s inappropriate or unnecessary to strive toward goals, but it does suggest that achieving them won’t bring you happiness—unless you learn to feel gratitude for what you already have.”  Richard Carlson

We feel a ground swell of warmth when we turn our minds to God, to thanks for the blessings that we find so abundantly satisfied in our lives.  There may seem to be many lacks, and if we focus on these lacks, we will seem to find many more—for focus draws to us what we are thinking about.  But when we focus on the good things that we enjoy, this focus, by the law of attraction, brings forth more good things.  Like attracts like, in other words, as we know, for this is another way of articulating the law of attraction.

We are indeed like magnets, drawing to ourselves what we have focused upon, drawing more and more of that focus to ourselves.  In gratitude, we invite a warm, loving feeling.  And, lo and behold, that warmth encircles us with more and more.  We are abundantly blessed, all because we took the time to dwell on “thanks.”

We need to realize that one goal will lead to another, and another, and that there will be no end to them.  Goals are not the bad guys, of course, but we have to think about our focus.  And when we endeavor to reach a goal, often, once reached, we are in the mode of achieving, and we don’t feel much satisfaction at all.  So we are off to another goal.  It is not unlike pushing a boulder up a high incline, the eternal task in the myth of Sisyphus.

Set goals, but know what one is doing.  The real satisfaction in life is to be contented with that which we have, contented to increase that lot in life, but not to obsess about lack.

If we decide to be contented, then contentedness will follow us everywhere.  Even into the goals about which we think so much.