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Walking a labyrinth is a gift we give ourselves
My dear friend Joan and I decided to take a walk in the St. Thomas labrinth in Houston. We had a wonderful time relaxing our busy minds. We feel that we should all take a break from the every day routine of life and find things that we enjoy. We regulally look for interesting, fun opportunities to expand our lives and we highly recommend that you find ways to get out of your routine. We absolutly loved our time and plan many more days like this.
A labyrinth is a pattern with a purpose and they are undergoing a resurgence of interest. Walking a labyrinth is a gift we give to ourselves that helps us relax enough to get past our ego to a deeper place within. Many people find wonderous insight and creative ideas, relaxation and stress release, happiness and even answers to serious life questions. Its many turns reflect the journey of life, which involves changes of direction, transition, some uncertainty but also discovery.
Thinking is not required to walk a labyrinth and at the same time, one must remain alert to stay on the path. This combination of reduced mental activity and heightened awareness makes the labyrinth ideal for walking meditation or prayer. Some walk or dance the labyrinth just for the fun of it, or to express a certain intent or wish. Walking the labyrinth is more about the journey than the destination, about being rather than doing. If you’ve never been, we encourage you to try going with a question in mind intending to find the answer you’ve been looking for.
We hope that you will find a labyrinth near you and take the time to enjoy the journey!
Loving life and all it’s twists and turns!
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TURNING WEAKNESS INTO STRENGTH
Turning weakness into Strength
Success is the natural course of life. Nature wants to grow, expand and is constantly moving towards cleansing and creating. We can work together with nature in a conscious evolved state cooperating with God to clean out our thoughts of lack and weakness and replace it with thoughts and actions towards success. A mental motion of success.
Staying conscious of the energy in the human mind that forms habit patterns of weakness that if left unchecked, controls us, causing us to feel we have no power to overcome thoughts of overeating, overdrinking, procrastination and self defeating behavior.
All the therapies and solutions that we have been given by our social structure to help over come our weakness has proven that NOTHING is as effective as a FACE to FACE confrontation between the power of the weakness energy or self-defeating mental energy that is holding back your success and the God-Power of the UNIVERSE in your mind.
You can achieve mastery over ANY weakness in your mind!
Direct Confrontation is a metaphysical science technique that will overcome your weakness right NOW if you use this technique daily until your weakness has been eliminated from your mind on all levels.
Weaknesses are unevolved habit patterns of mental energy within the subconscious mind that surface to one’s conscious mental activity in an attempt to control one’s mind and nervous system.
Make sure that you re-read this lesson every day for at least seven days remembering that the weakness energy occupying your mind is temporal and it will pass given time and through confrontation you cause that evolution to take place NOW.
A positive mental attitude about the confrontation will assure your success.
If you are to completely succeed
- You must REALLY want to change
- You must REALLY want to succeed and be happy
- You must TRULY believe that no temporal energy of your mind can stand up to the eternal energy of the God-Power at the center of your mind.
You CAN do it! RIGHT NOW!
This confrontation power technique is the unlimited healing, transforming, eternally present primal energy power “centered” in your mind that has ALL-Power to directly confront and eliminate the hold of negative weakness energies from your subconscious.
Whenever any weakness energy enters your mind, call within to the universal God Center of your mind which contains the power presence of the universe. Look at yourself in the mirror or talk to yourself just like you would if you were confronting another person and say the following confrontation affirmation.
The God–Power within me is greater than the power of self-doubt within me. I yield my mind and body to the God-Power within. The God-Power within me gives me the peace and power to get up, go out, travel to, and have this interview. (or make this decision, or ask for what I want)
The God-Power within me is greater than the power causing me to overeat. The God-Power within me brings peace to my mind and body.
As you use the confrontation affirmation, think thaink and FEEL the greater power taking over your mind. FEEL this until you no longer feel any influence whatsoever from the weakness energy of your mind.
When this happens say the following…
I give thanks to the God-Power of my mind for giving me Self-Mastery.
Posted on 28 April '10 by Joan, under Affirmations, Conscious Languaging, Good for YOU!, Good Life Guide, Healthy Life Styles, Living the Life of our Dreams, LOA, Mysticism, Spiritual Journey, Spiritual Processes, Stress relief. No Comments.
Attract and Maintain Prosperity
Prosperity is usually thought of in finances but in reality we must FEEL WEALTHY in all areas of our life. Prosperity is a state of mind in which one has happiness and peace within. Some people have a few thousand dollars in the bank and consider themselves lucky and prosperous. Strange as it may seem, others feel like they are close to the poor house with a million dollars. Keep in mind that your prosperity comes from all areas of life like your health, love, and a peaceful mind.
Your mind will work with your thoughts as a whole so, if you’re feeling like you’re lacking in love or health it will spill over into another area and you will not be as effective in your finances. If you want to attract and maintain prosperity in your finances, keep your mental attitude focused on the whole you.
Keep an attitude of continual expectancy, having a state of mind that is always open to new ideas, inspiration and intuition that flows in from your higher mind.
Learning and practicing meditation is essential for quieting your thoughts of lack and reprogramming your inner consciousness for greater prosperity. Knowing that the manifesting universe always gives you what you FEEL (vibrate) will keep you in an inner state of ONENESS that produces the greatest positive mental attitude for achieving over all prosperity. There are two different approaches to meditation, one is done alone and the other is done in a group. Both approaches can be silent or with the use of sound and we suggest trying both. There are two types of meditation, one is passive where you still your mind, and the other is dynamic (active) where you visualize and think of that which you intend to attract into your life.
Practice the spiritual law ASK and YOU SHALL RECEIVE. Knowing through meditation that your higher mind, God, Goddess, Source, All that is, is within you and at the central core of your being you have within you the wisdom and intelligence of the entire universe working for you and through you. As if by magic this inner knowing attracts all things positive and prosperous. Ask, receive and keep track of your successes. Each time you succeed you will become even more confident.
Steps to attracting a prosperous life
• Meditate daily, open your mind and allow the prosperous vibrations to grow and reprogram your thoughts.
• Keep active, get out of your normal routine and take the inspired action that gives you better chances to be in the right place at the right time.
• Keep your mind open to all the possibilities. People and things can come to you in many different ways. Bartering, gifts and trades are just some of the ways the universe can give you what you ask for.
• When you have a negative thought, STOP and turn it around IMMEDIATELY. Affirm instead that you ARE prosperous already and that GOD, YOUR SOURCE is supplying your every need.
• Associate with people who also have a positive attitude about prosperity. If you have to be around someone who is saying something negative, love them but don’t allow their thoughts to influence yours.
• Live, think and act in ways that show you are ALREADY PROSPERSOUS.
• Each day declare within your mind that God is your TRUE source of supply.
• Frequent places in your area where you see affluence. Pick up on the positive vibrations and KNOW that GOD wants you to expand. Feeling good and prosperous is WONDERFUL.
• Reprogram your mind everyday with prosperity-thought affirmations. FEEL good about your thoughts, use words that allow your true feelings to flow from within.
Reprogram your Inner Consciousness
During your daily mediation time, repeat your affirmations at least 3 times. Find one that FEELS really good and write it down so you can see it all day and read it often. Each time you do this you are reprogramming your inner consciousness that influences your mind and mental attitude that attracts prosperity.
Below are some suggested affirmations;
Each day I share the wealth of Gods abundance around me.
Every day I live confidently, knowing that the source of my prosperity is working through me and directing me.
I am at peace and ready to allow in all that the power of God and the universe has for me.
I am already prosperous and this prosperity is beginning to materialize all around me.
All channels of my mind are open and I am receiving and acting on the inspired thoughts.
My mind is like a magnetic force drawing true prosperity to me.
Co-created by Joan Maresh Hansen and Marian LaSalle
Joan and Marian can both be contacted for individual coaching, please call or e-mail for more information.
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Inspired by our Recommended Readings:
Esther and Jerry Hicks Books which include; Money and The Law of Attraction, Ask and It is Given, The Vortex, The Astonishing Power of Emotions, The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent, The Law of Attraction,
Napoleon Hill’s 1924 classic Think and Grow Rich,
Dr. Joe Vitale’s Attract Money Now, FREE online at www.attractmoneynow.com,
Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth,
How to Attract Money by Dr. Joseph Murphy,
From the Poor House to the Penthouse by Kay Haegen,
Kelly Stallings Think Thin to Live Thin and
It Works by RHJ, The Little Money Book,
The Abundance Book by John Randolph Price,
Laws of Prosperity and any book by Catherine Ponder,
Happy Pocket Full of Money, (check our A-store for other books) @ www.reachingnewrealities.com
Dr. Paul Masters of the University of Sedona and many more authors and masters.
Money in Your Pocket Shopping Game: Place a bill in your pocket and go window shopping. Each time you see something that you could purchase with your bill— say to yourself,” I could have that if I wanted it,” and continue to shop, repeating the phrase over and over with each possible purchase. You‘ll mentally spend the bill over and over again increasing your prosperity consciousness.
Checks from the Universe: Take a blank check and write out the amount that you would want to manifest. Post it in a power place that you frequent and each time you pass by imagine it is already yours.
Add Feng Shui Cures to your Home and Office for what you want. (health, wealth, love, friends, adventure, wisdom, creativity, and more…
Gratitude Journal entries, tithing 10%, let go of losses—giving them to the Universe, and both active and passive daily meditations that take you into inspired actions…
Denise Coates’ Feel It Real (Pg 122-146, Games to Increase Abundance and Wealth)
Ask and You Shall Receive the Good Life Guide way.
“It is perfectly logical to assume that a wise and competent Creator would provide for the needs of his creatures.” Prosperity by Charles Fillmore
Happiness and joy never leave us… we leave them! Happiness is ever present, lurking beneath the chaotic surface of the mind. The reason the child experiences so much joy is because they live mostly in the present moment.
Benefits of Walking
We can take many things for granted, like walking. I am reminded of this today as I can barely get out of my chair. I injured my lower back moving heavy boxes and plants this weekend. I have a renewed enthusiasm for walking around when my back heals. This is one thing I won’t take for granted again for a LONG time.
Each day we limit the steps we take by driving or sitting for long periods of time. We become unconscious of it as we get busy with work and chores. Just think of all the benefits of taking a break and walking even a few blocks a day, not only for our health but for our spirit. As we walk, we connect with mother earth. If the weather permits you can get your much needed vitamin D from the sunshine and you can also build up leg muscles that will assist you in burning calories. If your weather is frightful, then you can walk on a treadmill or walk the halls of the mall.
- We can allow ourselves the time to stop and smell the roses.
Taking time to simply notice our breath while we walk will help us become more thankful that we can breathe and if you practice breathing mindfully, you can gain a sense of calm and tranquility. The problems and troubles of the day slowly fade away because we are in the “now.” You can’t be worried about your problems at the same time you are enjoying a beautiful bird song or watching a squirrel run up a tree with an acorn in his mouth.
Taking a few moments to walk each day and become more aware of what we take for granted will open the door for the beauty of the world around us to come in. We all need to experience more beauty in our lives so do yourself a favor and make a commitment to yourself today!
Positive Reactions to Life’s Challenges
Want to react better when life throws you a curve ball?
Each day we are faced with choices and if you stay aware when your life gives you a challenge or an opportunity to react, you can choose the experience that you really want. Watch your responses to events and people who scare you or make you angry.
- Remember that all of our experiences happen first in the mind. Everything we see and imagine, all we hear, feel, touch and taste are perceptions of our mind.
If you decide ahead of time you’re not going to react the way you have been noticing you’ve been doing in the past, but instead you react with a smile and an attitude of its ok, you will notice a HUGE difference. Ask yourself-How will I feel about this in 6 months, a year or 10 years from today?
Every moment of every day we make choices about what we want to experience. We really can select our response but it takes time and effort to reprogram your reaction if you’ve practiced a negative response for a long time. It’s worth it, so give it a try.
One of our greatest challenges is to become aware and awake as to what is happening in our thoughts. You need to get your conscious mind and your unconscious mind in the same vibration. Stay aware and choose better reactions and see how your life changes…for the better!
Try writing the experiences down in a journal and see for yourself how much better your life can be and the people around you too!
Enjoy your day!
My dear friend who was in a deep depression said to me one day that I should stop trying to make her happy and just be myself. My first instinct was “Well I enjoy making you happy and that IS who I am so, who am I if I can’t make you happy?” What kind of a friend lets someone they care about wallow in sadness without trying to help them feel better? I was miserable and allowed myself to get depressed right along side of my friend.
I gave this conversation a great deal of thought and finally realized that even though I truly do enjoy helping others and seeing them happy, I did have a responsibility to make sure that I get to be happy too. We had a few hard days where we just couldn’t see each other’s perspective but when I finally decided to just let her be unhappy if she wanted to, and assure her I was there for her when she wanted to FEEL better, why everything changed. Most of the time what people want is to be heard and understood. Let them know you understand but that you can’t join them in the sorrow.
- If someone chooses to be unhappy and we can’t get them to come into our happy state (vibration) then we can learn to accept it and let them know that when they are ready to feel better, we will be there for them.
Each person in your life is there for a reason, and that reason always has something to do with love.-Tut
- When we finally decide to show kindness and true empathy, that kindness inspires kindness in return.
Another dear friend of mine said to me one day after she had an argument with a co-worker “I decided I would rather be happy than to be right.” from that day on her so-called conflicts at work seemed silly and much less stressful. Her life changed for the better at work and at home. Contrast is a natural part of all relationships. Focusing on creating a balanced compromise rather than winning or losing an argument can draw you and your friends/co-workers closer together and allow deeper relationships to flourish in all areas of your life.
- Feelings of irritation and frustration grow when we remain silent so make your feelings clear but do so with empathy, a real honest look at their perspective.
The relationships you nurture with others will mirror the relationship you have with yourself. Learn to take responsibility for your own happiness and treat yourself with kindness and compassion.
Sending this with LOADS of ~kindnness and Love~
What are you focused on?
I Love this quote-
“If we threw our problems in a pile with everyone else’s we would grab ours back” Author Unknown
I often wonder when I’m going through a tough time what kind of lesson I will learn when I’m on the other side. If you stay focused on the outcome and take the time to think thoughts like this, it really does help you get through the most challenging times. We all have them and they are different for each of us. My fears and negative thoughts might seem silly to you and the same goes for yours, so don’t try to compare your life with anyone else’s.
- Stay Focused on the outcome or goal
Staying focused on the outcome can be hard if you just try to remember but if you turn it into a habit, it will come to you quicker and easier. When I first started trying to remember- as I was experiencing a problem, it might dawn on me a week later or even a month would go by, but as I stayed with it and continued to study and learn the principles of the Law of Attraction it got easier and came faster. Soon I was able to hear myself say “Oh that’s right I’m staying focused on the outcome” or “In my old life I would have reacted that way” and snap out of my funk or feel soothed instantly. The feeling of being connected to source and ALL THAT IS, is so comforting that it’s worth the time you take to make it a GOOD HABIT!
“In order to attain balance, we have to learn the art of patience even as we strive to achieve our highest vision of who we are” Daily OM
- Stay focused on the outcome or the goal and everything else will fall into place.
Sending this with LOVE….
The Attractor Factor by Dr. Joe Vitale. A book which presents the step by step process to manifesting and attracting what you want into your life.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, this book revealed how many people use the secret to achieve success.
Application of Modern Mysticism
Have you ever learned something and then never taken the action to apply what you learned to your life? There is an entire world that opens up to you as you study each new subject. If you sign up for a cooking class, you learn about new tools and new terminology and new skills. If one pursues an art class, the same is true. For over forty one years, my interest has been in the area of metaphysics. What is in life beyond our physical body? What is that energy that creates worlds?
My discovery lead me to a body of work to study called mysticism. Mysticism is described as the absolute power available to human beings. As you begin taking steps down this path of study, what begins to unravel are life’s deepest mysteries. It is as though you have walked into a classroom of the greatest minds who ever lived. However, no matter how much you study or how much you learn, it will make no difference in improving the quality of your life or the lives of others unless you can take the necessary steps to apply this knowledge.
If there is a Higher Power that can perform miracles in each of our lives then why don’t we apply this knowledge therefore demonstrating it?
In today’s society, mysticism is a much abused word. Put simply, it represents one’s highest quest of human growth and awareness. It wakes one up to the potential inside oneself. Many place other practices within this same category which can include tarot cards, fortune telling, crystal gazing to tea leaf reading. It is not these things, it does however include the following;
- discovering the nature of reality within the relationships of man-woman, mind, and the Universe.
- discovering and confirming the presence of a Universal Intelligence that resides within the deep levels of the human mind,
- making direct contact with this Universal Intelligence,
- experiencing this presence, to know Universal Intelligence exist and can be contacted,
- applying the creativity, and power of the Universal Intelligence to improve life,
- intuitively be guided in all of life’s endeavors
As you begin to study mysticism, a whole new world opens up to you with a far greater understanding of your potential and yourself. Modern books that discuss spiritual laws which include the Secret, The Law of Attraction and many others are based on an understanding of how to use these ancient truths in ways that can benefit one’s life and the lives of others.
“ The Mystic path is sunny. It is the way of genuine enthusiasm and lasting cheerfulness. So much awaits you. We finally learn why things happen to us as they do, which places us in control of our fortunes. Fear and tension vanish once and for all. No person and no circumstance can disturb our inner peace. “
“You, the reader, possess great capacities for miraculous self enrichment. You need only exercise these powers as best you can.”
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Vernon Howard
Join us in achieving fuller, better lives. Each of us has a right to happiness, our intention is to help ourselves and each of us along the way in attaining it. What is it that YOU want in your life? You may want love, friendship, home, security or money. These can all be yours, if first you gain an understanding, then know what to do and how to use this incredible power that lays dormant within each of us. It can be awakened and knowing how to do this will transform each of our lives for the better. To each of our lives being better and better…
Wisdom of the Mystic Masters, Joseph J. Reed. The most awesome secrets ever known to man are in this book—ready to be used by you to get riches, influence, and joy.
Divine Guidance, Doreen Virtue. This books serves to remind us that our minds give us messages if we can learn to listen.
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power,Vernon Howard. This miraculous source of help can light your path and and banish crisis from your lives.
“Einstien said, The significant problems cannot be solved at the same level that they were created,” were Joe Vitale’s first words. He went on to say that we must elevate our consciousness in order to transcend the level at which the problems were created. Vitale spoke to a room full of Pat O’Bryan’s Unseminar attendees in San Antonio, Texas. He shared the four steps that each of us can take to transcend any problems in life.
He talked about step one and how we begin as what he called the big “V” as victims. Then we eventually move into the Empowerment stage. Then along comes an awareness of things with things like the book called “the Secret,”we begin manifesting parking spaces, writing affirmations, and as we do these things we start ” bumping up against a new reality hearing stories of how someone else also did it.
In the third stage, we surrender-giving our problems to a higher power. In this stage comes an “AHA” moment and a glimpse of the Divine.
In the final stage, comes an awakening, where you become one with the Divine. You have thoughts and think, who has those thoughts. Who is having these thoughts? Who’s observing? You have emotions and think, who and what experiences emotions?You realize you are the WITNESS. He went on to say to stay connected you must meditate daily. In this stage, you must be aware and stand guard over your thoughts. Start changing your inner talk to more of an inner coach. Vitale emphasizes the need to clear and shares Ho’oponopono phrases to be repeated,” Please forgive me, I’m sorry, Thank you, I love you,”
He concludes with the more you practice the less frequently you slide back into stage one. Use whatever tools you have to do whatever it takes to awaken. When you have “flickers” with these kinds of glimpses into what is possible, you just want to stay there. The benefits, he says are the distinctions of miracles in your ordinary life. Be here NOW in this moment and you will attract this and more. He ended by saying,” I am totally satisfied with my life, I just want more!”
Sharing this path with many great spiritual leaders like Joe Vitale is a great privilege and we are fortunate to be living in a time where such discussions can happen.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, this book revealed how many people use the secret to achieve success.
The Attractor Factor by Dr. Joe Vitale. A book which presents the step by step process to manifesting and attracting what you want into your life.
Zero Limits by Dr. Joe Vitale. Dr. Len’s story is told of how healing an entire ward of mental patients happened by using ancient Hawaian healing technique of Ho’oponopono.
As we move along life’s highways in the passenger seat, we always enjoy reading a new book. My selection of books is usually determined by walking up to my book shelves and seeing which books call my name. A video was just completed for Dr. Joe Vitale’s possible TV show on things that had already manifested in my life and were serendipitous in their arrival. In the beginning of the video, the following quote by Napoleon Hill was shared,
“Faith is the starting point of all things manifested! It is the only agency thru which the cosmic force of infinite intelligence can be harnessed and used by man.”
With Napolean Hill still on my mind when approaching the books on the shelves of the library, there before me was a small book entitled,”Read and Grow Rich,” by Burke Hedges. The book tells the tale of Burke who found himself in a blue collar job making boats in the Florida heat, unhappy, and dissatisfied with his life up to that point. His sister handed him a copy of Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World.” Burke tells how it changed his life.This book continues with stories of other people who had their lives changed after being influenced by the words of books.
Abraham Lincoln’s formal schooling added up to less than a year. Lincoln was fascinated by books. He read Aesop’s Fables so many times that he memorized the stories. As a teenager, he borrowed books from neighbors within 50 miles, including books about Benjamin Franklin, and Washington, and Pilgrim’s Progress.
Harry S Truman, 33rd President of the United States, became one of the greatest presidents in history. Few know that he never attended college and failed in two businesses. He was considered a fountain of knowledge and had rock solid values shaped by years of reading including the entire volume of Encyclopedia Britannica.
Matthew McConaughey, actor attended University of Texas with the intention of studying law. After reading the first two chapters of The Greatest Salesman in the World, he decided the next day to change his major and his schedule and the rest is history.
Rather than tell all the stories told in this little book. The list of books mentioned happen to be some of my favorites. Read the list to see if you have any favorites. Leave a comment to tell me of your favorites.
The book offers a list of classics, many of which are also a part of my favorites collection. The books listed include:
The stories that were particularly enjoyed were of Oprah, Matthew McConaughy, Abe Lincoln, and many others who made a choice to read and grow through the wisdom found among the pages. A quote which rings true in our lives is that,“we change in two ways, by the people we meet and the books that we read”
W. Clement Stone formed a wonderful habit of helping others by giving inspirational self help books. My intent is to re-read and study this inspirational grouping and generous list of books. It is a continuous quest to clarify for ourselves more and more of life’s mysteries by aligning with authors who had the courage to tell us their stories. Books provide such increased joy to our lives as we share the paths we have each chosen. Fall has arrived and there is not much that can beat curling up under a blanket with a spot of tea for a good read. Happy reading!
” When a sentence resonates within, it is the voice of your authentic self.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
Marian LaSalle and Joan Maresh Hansen, Swirl Girls, 2009
- “Read and Grow Rich,” by Burke Hedges.This little jewel gives you a reading list that will have you grow rich in wisdom alongwith other abundance.
- “The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino’s. A quick read with great life lessons.
- Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill, This book written in the 1920′s is still a guidebook for anyone wanting to follow in the footsteps of the rich and famous.