- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Spirit is always ready to lighten our burdens. Our only job is to ask respectfully. Here is a ceremony for releasing your troubles back to the Universe.
Choose a quiet place, and stand comfortably with feet spread slightly apart. Take a deep breath, and exhale with a resonant mmmm... sound. Bend slightly at the waist and reach down with both hands - with hands facing each other and about 6 inches apart. Choose something that is very important to you and that you don't think you could stand to lose - such as your house, your favorite sport, your pet, your relationship with a loved one, your hearing, your eyesight, your life. Visualize your important something between your hands.
Rise slowly and bring your hands to your heart - still 6 inches apart, and still holding your treasure. Feel intense love and gratitude for every joyful instant that you have spent with your important something. Now slowly raise your hands above your head, spread your hands apart, and RELEASE your treasure back to the Universe. It never belonged to you anyway - it was just on short term loan from Spirit.
Choose another important something and release it. For everything important in your life, pick it up, love it, nurture it, give thanks for it, and then release it.
Do the same exercise for each person that you have ever loved, and that has passed from this life. Hold them, love them, give thanks for them, and then release them back to the Universe.
Now, release your burdens - your fears, regrets, guilts, shames, embarrassments, angers. One by one, pick up each memory or fear that troubles you, hold it close, and release it to the Universe. Release each incident from your past that still bothers you. Release each fear - your fears about your health, your family, your job, and every other fear.
Breathe deeply, and give thanks.
so sad, this is me last year with new grandson at Mardi Gras, my daughter called and said they are taking him this morning to the first parade. I'm missing him, he turned one the 16th of Feb. Wishing I was there......
That's almost 2 years of history that our little group has. Like you said Big C - - - Some good, some not so good.
Thanks for the coffee and soup Cheryl..... Chicken Soup for the Soul.
20 lbs.!!! And you didn't have to go through...
Gees Iris, that shows how sick you've been. With depression one can either eat nothing or eat everything in sight. So between the pneumonia and depression, it's taken a toll on you. Mind you... as you say... I wouldn't mind losing 20 lbs. (and more) but that's a harsh way to lose it.
I hope and pray you are on the mend now, and can leave that recliner chair behind you.
Here's a nice cuppa and I'm busy making you something nice to eat to bring back your strength.
Hope you are also getting plenty of .
Awwwww... that's so cute! And true, come to think of it! I have to admit that I have always walked away with the shampoo or soap.
My doggy and birdy would never do that. They're much more honest.
A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation.
He wrote: I would very much like to bring my dog with me.
He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?"
An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who wrote:
"I've been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I've never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I've never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I've never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel.
And, if your dog will vouch for you, you're welcome to stay here, too."
Hey Dawn... you hit the nail on the head for sure! I do that all the time and thanks for reminding me not to do it.
(would do things so differently if I had to do it over again. )
Me to I live in my past to much and it keeps me from growing funny for me that i have hard time letting go and letting God
So true, Iris and Deb. Often at the end of a day a woman is too exhausted to do anything for herself, having taken care of everyone else's needs all day.
My husband was a realtor and gone constantly. I felt like a single parent when our son was born, although I know my ex loved him very much. He was also from the old British upbringing where he believed the woman should do everything. Thus, such a woman slowly loses her friends, hobbies, talents, and desperately needed breaks if she doesn't get really strong about having time to herself on a regular basis. A mom is a better mom, and a wife is a better wife, if she gets that time. I would do things so differently if I had to do it over again. I was definitely Mrs./Ms. Passive.
Its a very big job considering our own responsibilities, even harder being responsible for others.
I think i worded that right, i still have trouble understanding what I mean, lol
I hope everyone is taking good care of themselves!
Sheesh, Carl... these days I'm flat out taking care of myself. I need all the inspiration I can get!
THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF EMPOWERMENT
by Jerry Clark
(from Beliefnet "From the Masters")
Here are some things to reflect on as you enhance your Consciousness of Empowerment:
The greatest joy -- Making a Difference
The most satisfying act -- Giving
The most powerful internal gift -- Allowing Yourself the Ability to Receive
Our greatest natural resource -- Laughter
The most motivating word -- A Word of Encouragement
The most prized “state of mind” -- Peace of mind
The most powerful force in the Universe -- Love
The world's most Magnificent Computer -- The Brain
The two most Self-Perpetuating words of Creation -- “I AM”
The most valuable part of any attire -- A SMILE!
The most catching emotion -- Enthusiasm
The most endangered natural resource -- Gratefulness
The most powerful tool of manifestation -- Faith
Reflect on these ideas and make them a part of your life, and notice how your Consciousness of Empowerment develops exponentially…
Yeah, second guessing squashes the instinctive action we have been 'told' to take. I think we've all heard others as well say, "If I only had followed my first thought, or 'gut reaction' etc. This must drive our guardian angels crazy!!
Some call it "gut reaction" and although it seems to have been attributed more to women ("women's intuition") I believe men have it too. Often in a crisis it comes to the forefront, but just as often we don't listen to it. Many survivors of the WTC on 9/11 followed their instincts rather than instructions given by someone else (i.e. "stay at your desks").Trust Your Instincts And Get It Right
Main Category: Psychology / Psychiatry News
Article Date: 09 Jan 2007 - 18:00 PST
A UCL (University College London) study has found that you are more likely to perform well if you do not think too hard and instead trust your instincts. The research, published online today in the journal Current Biology, shows that, in some cases, instinctive snap decisions are more reliable than decisions taken using higher-level cognitive processes.
Participants, who were asked to pick the odd one out on a screen covered in over 650 identical symbols, including one rotated version of the same symbol, actually performed better when they were given no time at all to linger on the symbols and so were forced to rely entirely on their subconscious.
Dr Li Zhaoping, of the UCL Department of Psychology, said: "This finding seems counter-intuitive. You would expect people to make more accurate decisions when given the time to look properly. Instead they performed better when given almost no time to think. The conscious or top-level function of the brain, when active, vetoes our initial subconscious decision - even when it is correct - leaving us unaware or distrustful of our instincts and at an immediate disadvantage. Falling back on our inbuilt, involuntary subconscious processes for certain tasks is actually more effective than using our higher-level cognitive functions."
Iris, are you now free of that negative energy around you?? I know what that feels like and it can suck you dry of energy and wellbeing.
I've always had somewhat of a problem saying "No" to people (except when pushed too far). I'll copy today's DailyOM here in case it's useful to anyone else. I am finally starting to do this a lot more and a few people in my life don't know what to make of it. I believe it's going to make a positive difference in my life.
December 19, 2006
Finding Freedom In No
Many of us, from childhood on, are taught that saying yes is right and saying no is wrong. We learn that acceding to demands allows us to avoid conflict and criticism, please people, earn praise, and prove that we care for the important people in our lives. Yet the right to say no is indelibly intertwined with the ability to make choices. When we sense we are limited in our options, compelled to say yes even when doing so is not in our interests, we are effectively robbed of our ability to choose. Growing out of this tendency to say yes even when we desperately want to say no can be challenging because we suspect that others will reject us for our assertiveness. But the reward we receive upon facing this challenge is true freedom of choice.
When others ask you to take on work or do favors, consider their requests carefully. If you feel pressed to say yes, consider whether you are acquiescing out of a desire for approval or to stave off disapproval. Remind yourself often that the ability to say no is an important aspect of well-being, as it is an indication that you understand the true value of your energy, talents, and time. As you learn to articulate your personal power by saying no, you may feel compelled to explore the myriad consequences of the word by responding negatively to many or most of the requests put to you. The word “no” may even become your default response for some time. When you see that life moves forward without interruption, however, you will grow more comfortable saying no and will resume making decisions from a point of balance.
There is nothing inherently wrong with acceding to the requests others make of you, provided these requests do not infringe upon your health or your happiness. Keep in mind that it is only when you feel you have the legitimate right to say no that you can say yes with utmost certainty, sincerity, and enthusiasm. While saying yes almost always has a cost, you can feel good about offering your agreement when your reasons for doing so are rooted in your individual values and your appreciation for the appeal before you.
DailyOM Website: http://www.dailyom.com/
No wonder they call it the "Electric Moon".
Harness the Power of Energy Fields
From "Positive Energy," by Judith Orloff, M.D.:
We all know that energy comes from diet, sleep, and exercise. But we're also influenced by an extensive network of energy fields undetectable to our five senses. Think of gravity, the force of attraction to the earth's center, which holds us to the ground. Or magnetic fields: you remember those metal filings mysteriously drawn toward the magnet in grammar school science class. Similarly, there's an energy field or "vibe" emanating from everything we encounter, from food to friends to current events. Our response to these vibes is manifested in our energy level. What we usually think of in physical, emotional, and sexual terms, using words like, "My heart's racing," "I'm afraid," or "I'm aroused," are different expressions of subtle energy. If you're a particularly sensitive person who frequently feels drained or exhausted, this information can make the difference between an exuberant life and one you're constantly recovering from...
To begin, envision energy as conveying two qualities-either positive or negative. You must become acquainted with each to take charge of your health and moods.
I think the above article from Daily OM is inspiring on a personal level.
However, I still believe there are many people who do not have the resources to enable themselves to be at "the helm" of their own destiny.
Thus, "a village" is necessary and important. As crimes increase, we need "a village" of friends, neighbours, and caring strangers, to come to our aid when in trouble and ESPECIALLY, we need them all to watch over our children. There are too many human predators taking them from us.
~ Residing At The Helm
~ Being Your Own Village
Simple survival requires us to be in possession of many skills. The
pursuit of dreams requires many more. Most individuals rely on the support
of a village, whether peopled by relatives or community members, to
effectively address the numerous ways we need assistance. This can mean
anything from asking favors of acquaintances and leaning on loved ones
for support to paying a skilled artisan to handle specialized tasks.
However, each human being is born with the capacity to be their own
village. We embody many roles throughout our lifetimes, all of which are
representative of our capacity for self-sufficiency and self-determination.
In different moments in our lives, we are our own counselor, janitor,
caregiver, cook, healer, teacher, and student. Our willingness to
joyfully take on these roles grants us the power to maintain control over the
direction our life's journey takes.
In times past, human beings learned all of the skills needed for
survival. Today, the majority of people specialize in a single discipline,
which they hone throughout their lives. Thus, many of us feel
uncomfortable standing at the helm of our own existence.
We question our ability to make decisions concerning our own health, happiness, and welfare, and are left feeling dependent and powerless. But the authority to take ultimate responsibility for our lives is simply a matter of believing that we have the necessary faith and intelligence to cope with any
circumstance the universe chooses to place in our path. Proving that we can each be our own villages through action enables us to accept that we are
strong enough to exist autonomously. Cooking, cultivating a garden of
fruits and vegetables, undertaking minor home repair, or adopting a
healthier lifestyle can help you reassert your will.
Being your own village does not mean embracing isolation, for a
balanced life is built upon the dual foundations of the inner and the outer
villages. Rather, being your own village is a celebration of your
wondrous inner strength and resourcefulness, as well as an acknowledgment of your innate ability to capably steer the course of your life.
DailyOM Website: http://www.dailyom.com/
Iris ~ after you mentioned the "We Are One" I had to go and listen to it again. It's so beautiful, and simple. I saw a news shot of a bombed out portion of a town. No one there... just papers and garbage blowing in the wind. It reminded me of One Step Beyond type shows I've seen where everyone does away with everyone. I found this in one of my subscriptions the other day. It's such a perfect little prayer.
Prayer for Children's Values
- Marian Wright Edelman
Hi! Sorry I was away from this thread so long. It's been a week that we have not experienced before... all the losses and sadness.
Carolyn ~ that's just our Dougie playing! My comments were in jest. My insecurity appears when I see brooms. hee hee Actually, the broom has been part of the fun in the past. When we first started this group, we had some parties and left a mess at the end of the day! If you go way back on some threads, you'll see how wild we were. We've all calmed down... a bit. Not to worry... be happy!
Sorry. Ask the Bird how Iam sometimes. Bite of a nut. I took the thread all the wrong way. It was all in fun about Nippets.
I'll go mind my own business in my other groups now.
Not being Dougie, I would have to guess, but I think I refers to doing some cleaning up as to ideas and statements.
If I'm wrong Dougie, I apologize
Oh... is it my comment, "or should it be to them!"? Okay, if that's it, what I mean is.... get them off the street, behind bars... etc. That's the only thing I can see that could be taken several ways.
Carolyn... we must find out what Nippets had for breakfast!
Dougie... ...what does that mean? Are you going to 'erase' me?
Thanks for try'n to help her sister. Seems like a play on words here.Yep you know me when I get my broom out right?
... or should that be "to" them?
Just had another thought. Because pedophiles and animal abusers don't and usually won't take responsibility for their criminal, inhumane actions, it's our responsibility to do it for them!!
Nippets, somehow I don't believe you mean that.
Hi Carolyn I think I was going more by what Mary Reynolds Robinson means in her "little movies" when I first started. She is a great believer in the "You can do it, be it, etc." and that comes across in her messages.
But you are so right to ask that question. As the thread progressed, I started to ask it more myself! As world events change and happen it takes on new meaning, as well. Ultimately, we have to make decisions for our OWN well-being, but I also believe this:
... because most of us have had, or will have a crisis where we do "forget how to fly" and need suggestions and/or help from good friends.
Right now I'm thinking of all the innocents of war who have no choice and no voice as to their own well-being. Therefore, I can't help but believe we are also responsible, in some way, for their well-being. I'm feeling a little melancholy as I type this because of the Middle East crisis. So I'm getting philosophical.
How do you feel about this? I'm glad you asked the question because it made me try to identify just what I do think.
Dougie ~ I listen to SO MANY ROADS often. It is so beautiful, and really touches my soul!
Dougie ~ Yes!!... definitely will visit the website for this young woman! God bless her!
You sure have come a long way, Dougie. I guess like all the roads we have to travel, we come to a cross-roads where we have to stop and make serious decisions about where to go next. You made the right decisions, and have certainly helped others to do the same. (I'm still at a cross-roads with a number of decisions).
And the creation of this group... definitely a great decision! THANK YOU!
Dougie T. Hi my friend..I am glad we have been able to provide you with inspration..ya know people say we go through trails and tribulations for a reason.yet we seem to have to learn the hard way and muddle through our lives..I think they make us stronger and we are at time tested ..God bless you my friend..Hugs JoAnnaB.
So Many Roads
Man when I watched this short musical it was the answer I needed for my web site. In 1981 I began to write my now GoingStraightOutreach. Never was able to explain the name as to why I called it that, but only a poem I wrote about it. I just went straight off of some prety hard core drugs when I wrote it. These many years it's still with me. Thanks and you can be sher I'll be after a copie right to keep it as part of my web site.
Over and over again God has shown me this. The peopel He choose to co-host this web site where the blessings to many. Thanks for making a difference in the lives of many ladies. There are also a core of fine memebers here. Thanks for making this group a safe place for all. Also a fun kind of place, which still has it's name, as Chatter Box.
You're nice... thank YOU!
I find this thread a beautiful place to come. I love the pictures and poems, the inspiration and quiet time with them. Iris, those stories are so precious. Often I can't concentrate enough to read something long, but for some reason I got right into it. I'm so glad I did. Thank you!
IRIS, I enjoyed this SO MUCH! It held intrique right to the end, and I didn't expect the ending! Thank you. My busy Gemini mind now has something, in word and thought, to calm it down.
P.S. And to think that Einstein was considered a "slow" child in early school.
"You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's, called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the word." "In reality, darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?"
The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him.
This will be a good semester.
"So what point are you making, young man?"
"Yes, Professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed."
The professor's face cannot hide his surprise this time. Flawed? Can you explain how?"
"You are working on the premise of duality," the student explains.
"You argue that there is life and then there's death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought." "It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it."
"Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?" "If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do." "Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?"
The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.
"Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going Endeavour, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?"
The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided. "To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean."
The student looks around the room. "Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?" The class breaks out into laughter. "Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelled the professor's brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir." "So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?"
Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable. Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. "I guess you'll have to take them on faith."
"Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life," the student continues. "Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?"
Now uncertain, the professor responds, "Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil."
To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist sir, or, at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light."
The professor sat down. The young man's name: Albert Einstein
Convinced by thought / challenged by science
"Let me explain the problem science has with Jesus Christ."
The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.
"You're a Christian, aren't you, son?"
"Yes sir," the student says.
"So you believe in God?"
"Is God good?"
"Sure! God's good."
"Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?"
"Are you good or evil?"
"The Bible says I'm evil."
The professor grins knowingly. "Aha! The Bible"!
He considers for a moment. "Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?"
"Yes sir, I would."
"So you're good...!"
"I wouldn't say that."
"But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't."
The student does not answer, so the professor continues. "He doesn't, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?"
The student remains silent.
"No, you can't, can you?" the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax. "Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?"
"Er...yes," the student says.
"Is Satan good?"
The student doesn't hesitate on this one. "No."
"Then where does Satan come from?"
The student falters. "From...God..."
"That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?" "Yes, sir."
"Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?" "Yes."
"So who created evil?" The professor continued, "If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil."
Again, the student has no answer. "Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?"
The student squirms on his feet. "Yes."
"So who created them?" The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. "Who created them? There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. "Tell me," he continues onto another student. "Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?"
The student's voice betrays him and cracks. "Yes, professor, I do."
The old man stops pacing. "Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?" "No sir. I've never seen Him."
"Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?" "No, sir, I have not."
"Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelled your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?"
"No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't."
"Yet you still believe in him?" "Yes."
"According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?"
"Nothing," the student replies. "I only have my faith."
"Yes, faith," the professor repeats". And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith."
The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His own. "Professor, is there such thing as heat?"
"Yes," the professor replies. "There's heat."
"And is there such a thing as cold?"
"Yes, son, there's cold too."
"No sir, there isn't."
The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested.
The room suddenly becomes very quiet.
The student begins to explain: "You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything called 'cold'. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees." "Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.
Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it."
Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.
"What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?"
"Yes," the professor replies without hesitation.
"What is night if it isn't darkness?"
Thanks, Iris. This is the right place for those words and thoughts.
And NIPPETS... thank you, too! Those are wonderful pics... and the er.. eh.. toady (?) or green monster is certainly an eye-opener! What does it eat... deer?
...smile at a stranger
...listen to someone's heart
...drop a coin where a child can find it
...learn something new, then teach it to someone
...tell someone you're thinking of them
...don't hold a grudge
...don't be afraid to say "I'm sorry"
...don't kill that spider in your house, he's just lost so show him the way out
...look beyond the face of a person into their heart
...make a promise, and keep it
...call someone, for no other reason than to just say "hi"
...show kindness to an animal
...stand up for what you believe in
...smell the rain, feel the breeze, listen to the wind
...use all your senses to their fullest
Hi dear Nippets! I hope all is going well in your world! I think we've set this thread on fire!! Do we have any firefighter smilies?
WE'RE ON FIIIIIRE!! (I think)
I'm reading some of Mary Robinson Reynolds writings (the ones she gives us free). What an absolutely uplifting person! I've had them for some time but never read them until now.
I find these little 'movies' so comforting, too. And you know what? The fact that you and I were here together this morning is also comforting and kind of wonderous!
You've made my day!
I came to watch and listen to a few of these links tonight. I guess I needed it, because now I feel more at peace, and probably will sleep well. It's still a wonderous world, as Louis Armstrong believed. God bless that beautiful man, and let his song play forever.
From Mary Robinson Reynolds:
"If you don't read you can't learn. If you don't listen, you can't hear. If you don't understand something, read it again and again until you do.
Listen until you hear a new insight.
What are the ways you hide your light?
What you speak against, you get to keep.
What you speak for, you get to receive.
Go back and re-read the message contained in my movie if you need any more clarity about the most important thing you can do to heal any situation, any problem, any difficulty. It's in there. And while you are at it... send it to everybody you know! There isn't one single person on the planet today that doesn't need to remember this and be this: YouAreTheLightMovie.com
Every time you turn on your light it affects the energy of everyone and everything that comes in contact with your radiance. The more you shine your light in the spirit of peace and love, the better you will feel, and the more you feel better, the more that everything and everybody around you feels and responds in kind. Conditions and circumstances improve instantly as you radiate your light from the inside out.