Saturday, September 05, 2009

Choices and perceptions

Life, dear ones, is just being life. Others are simply being the best they can be in any given moment. It is the way you choose to look at life, and the way you choose to move through it will determine the quality of your experience. You choices determine who you will be around and your perceptions determine how you will interpret their behaviors. In these final days of summer you are taking stock of the harvest of your previous choices and perceptions.

One person can look at a cloudy day, sigh and choose to be miserable, while another is overjoyed. One person can look at a challenge as an opportunity to learn, while another feels victimized. One person can see a grumpy co-worker as an adversary, while another simply sees a soul in need of love.

You DO create your own destiny through your choices and perceptions, but we need to clear up a metaphysical myth here - you do not create the actions of life and others around you. It is your choices that determine who will be in your path, and your perceptions that guide you to see cause and effect, and to learn and grow.

If you are in a situation you do not like, choose not to beat yourself up. Do not blame yourself or blame others because blame is wasted energy. Blame robs you of energy that you can be using to change your life. Blame blinds you to better choices, makes it hard to hear your own guidance, and robs you of opportunity. Blame dear ones, is a distraction from real growth. Instead, bless the mess, stop, breathe and ask yourself, "What is it I want for me next?" Then admit this to yourselves, ask God for help, and begin to act and think consistent with this new intention. You will receive guidance in perfect timing to assist you.

"But I can't change my co-workers," you say. That is true. However you can change your reaction to them. Instead of feeling insecure or grumbling when you see them coming, you can greet them with a cheery hello. They will either respond differently or avoid you (both good options!). You can choose to keep your conversations with them short, polite, and professional, thus setting healthy energetic boundaries. You can choose to bring them a cookie to share because their inner child is sadly in need of love. All these choices, dear ones, are changes you make inside of yourself first. They may or may not change the other, but they will make you feel better. And they will send a signal out to the universe that says, "I am a loving person with a healthy respect for myself and others." This signal will draw unto you more kind souls in the future.

"But I don't know where to find more money," you say. That may be true. However you can focus on gratitude first. You can look at hobbies and interests and see where you can exchange your talents or use them to create income on the side. So many of you stop yourselves before you even try. So what if there are thousands of cookies generated in factories every year. Maybe your co-workers would prefer to buy your homemade ones for a $1 each. So what if there are a million energy workers. Maybe your circle of friends doesn't know any they can trust, and doesn't know you do this. Your talents, when hidden, do not serve you or the world. Change yourself, be willing to share what you love and do for the joy of it, and receive in return. Thus you begin to turn your finances around. If you are unwilling to make small choices on your own behalf, the universe cannot take your intentions seriously. If you make even the smallest effort, with joy, then the universe says, "Ah, this soul cares about themselves and the things that give them joy - let me help!"

Dear ones, use your power of choice to choose things that make your heart sing, or at least fulfill your intentions. Use your powers of perception to look for the good, to see love, and at times to even acknowledge the darkness so you can move away from it. See what is truly there, and then focus elsewhere if all you can see is darkness. We are not asking you to sugar coat your perceptions, but rather to turn away from what does not work and to choose to focus on what does. Little by little you will steer yourselves into a much happier and more joyful life.

And if you already have made choices consistent with your hearts; if you are already focusing your sights toward the light, do so unabashedly and be a beacon unto others! You are the inspiration and living in the truth!

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