Being Bi-Polar in Paradise

CostaRicaI recently spent several weeks solo-backpacking the beautiful South American country of Costa Rica.

This was my very first time out of the U.S., with the exception of the Bahamas.  I turned 46 while on this amazing journey, I have raised my kids, I am a single woman, and I am hungry for adventure.  I am a bit of a gypsy-nomad.  😉

But I have also “suffered” from Bi-Polar disorder most of my life.  I put that word in quotes because I don’t technically consider it suffering anymore.  There was once a time when I did, for sure.  But I have learned many things over the years, and one of them is how to manage my emotions.  I have worked very hard to try and keep an “even keel”, and not fall victim to the extreme high’s and low’s that accompany this mental condition.

What did this look like for an extended international trip, where one is in a country that does not speak one’s native tongue??  It was QUITE interesting.  And it really did come into play in the dynamics of traversing the landscape and the culture.

Some days, I was feeling UP.  I would feel like I could take on the world.  As a “for instance”, on one of my UP days, I happened to be staying at a hostel with people from Germany, France, and of course the Costa Rican “Tico” hosts.  I was feeling so “spry”, I actually went downstairs to the common area kitchen to see what was up for coffee that morning.  We were all in there at the same time.  On a “down” day, if I had peaked in, or listened in, I would have ran for the hills!!  (For those of you that don’t know, social anxiety is a BIG part of the down-side of the bi-polar two-sided coin.)

I felt pretty confident and friendly that day, and we all had a very fun time trying to communicate between so many language barriers.  And later that same day, I even accepted the invitation of the hostel manager’s brother to allow him to be my personal guide to the nearby waterfalls in Montezuma.  (Something I would NEVER even consider on a LOW day.)  I had a blast!

But THEN the suffering came…. lol.  I expended so much energy that day, that–no matter how much I didn’t want it to happen– I crashed the next day.  And stayed down the next… and the next.  I spent the next three days isolated in my little room, only coming out to use the common bathroom, and even then I would “sneak” over there when I figured out to the best of my abilities that no one else was “out there”…. Yikes!  What a silly mess I am!

The sweet lady who ran the hostel… when I finally DID emerge… thought maybe I had left!  I told her, “No… I’m just enjoying some quiet time just for ME.”  😉

That’s how the majority of the 6-week trip went down there for me.  Some UP day, mixed in with a lot more LOW days… but that’s ok.  I really do like to just be alone.  I enjoy walking, and just observing life happening all around me.  I don’t have a need to join in, I never feel lonely, and I don’t feel the need to do a lot of activities.  I’m more of the…. PENSIVE type, shall we say…  😉

Well, I hope this has helped someone somewhere.  If you suffer from Bi-Polar and/or Social Anxiety, I hope you know that you are not alone.  And I hope you know that life doesn’t have to be all suffering.  Acceptance of your disorder… no resistance… and working WITH it instead of against it, can all be very helpful.

I love you.  I really do.  XOXO

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Do Angels Wear Fur?

Picture this: I’m sitting on a deserted beach in Costa Rica… black sand, blue waters, sun approaching the horizon.… drinking in the breeze and the salty sea air….  When suddenly I notice a man walking toward me, with the distinct outline of a machete in his hand…!!!!!

Last fall, I spent 6 weeks solo back-packing in beautiful Costa Rica.

Some of my most amazing encounters there had an animal or two (or THREE) in them.

Did you know? Central America is full of stray dogs & cats? And in Costa Rica, there are even stray HORSES, apparently!!!!

I’m going to tell you of four such encounters: the ones that really blew my mind.

First, we have Chiquita. (I named my furry companions myself.) This was the cutest little mutt that “adopted me” on my walk along the nearly deserted Playa Negra (black sand beach) of Puerto Viejo.

She began to walk with me at the outset of my stroll. And boy, was I glad she was there! Backing up to the scene I just described.… there I am, enjoying a nice, quiet, tranquil evening, all ready to watch the sunset, when this man approached me with a machete! Chiquita was the first to become alert of his approach, & she began barking… & had me very cautious & aware of my surroundings.. (as in, where could I get help, if needed.) Luckily we weren’t too far away from town, & civilization. As he grew closer, my heart is leaping in my chest… & Chiquita calms down.  I took this as a good sign. Turned out, he only wanted to chop off the top of a fresh coconut, not my head! I bought a refreshing coconut for one coin: 500 Colones  (about $2 American), thanked him, and after he walked away, I decided maybe it was best for ME to high-tail it back to my hostel, and NOT be out after dark. (Lol). Chiquita walked me home, I thanked her, gave her some water,  & we bade farewell.

Just a day or two after that, I was walking along another deserted stretch of beach, working my way toward a little peninsula I wanted to explore, and these TWO strays began to hang out with me along my journey. These two were CRAZY! They were VERY active! At first I couldn’t tell if they were playing, or fighting, and I was very nervous because they were “all up in my business”. After a bit of watching them frolic all around me, in the waves, & with each other, I finally concluded they must be siblings, and were just play-fighting, so I calmed down a bit. Turns out, these two were also my saviors, just like Chiquita… for all of a sudden, off down the beach a ways, out of the jungle comes bounding a whole GANG of stray dogs… about six of them! I was the only one on the beach, so I could only assume they wanted to check me out—potentially attack me! What to do????!!!! Well, these two coo coos hanging out with me– I named them The Siblings– saved the day! They got in front of me, and took up positions of defense, & barked their heads off.  I was sooooo scared I was going to be in the middle of a HUGE dog fight! But their defense worked! The gang backed off, & went on their merry way to a different location. WHEW!  I sure loved those 2 kooky dogs after that! They got me safely to my destination.

 

Now, AT my destination, which was this nice, quiet city park that included a beach, I was taking a nap, when suddenly I was awakened by BIG OL hoof steps!  Yes… hoof steps! I sat right up, looked around in a daze, and to my bewilderment, there were 3 stray horses standing a few yards away from me!  WHAT?!?  They had no saddles, no harnesses, no leads, and no humans in SIGHT. I just stood there, amazed.  I had three little apples in my pack, so I tried to make friends with them, but they were clearly not having it, and I ended up tossing the apples their way.  But the leader of the pack ate ALL of them! GREEDY! Later that day, I saw them strolling the path along the beach again. And again, no human.  Super interesting!!!

My favorite story is of Choco, the chocolate Labrador dog, who adopted me on my epic hike to Cabo Blanco, near the end of my trip in Costa Rica.

This day was an incredible journey for me! At the end of the day, I ended up hiking & walking a total of about 17 miles… pretty huge for me, as previously the most I had ever done was about 6 miles at a time. I set off by about 7 AM from my hostel, as I knew I had several miles to walk before I even reached my destination:  I wanted to hike the mountainous jungle of Cabo Blanco to reach the secluded beach. It was a 9 kilometer walk just to get to the entrance of the Nature Preserve.

This lab joined me nearly from the beginning. I couldn’t believe he was walking with me such a long distance away from “home”, though I began to wonder if he even HAD a home, & perhaps he, too, often walked between towns…. (these towns in this more deserted part of CR, consisted of a few homes, & one grocery store).

This road paralleled the ocean, & at one point we came upon a surfer’s beach, about 2 miles into my walk. I saw a big log, & decided this would be a great place to take a break & have some water. Up to this point, Choco had been very friendly toward me, and very playful. As I was sitting there, enjoying the rest and the view … I became vaguely aware of a couple of men, not too far away from me, who seemed to be having a conversation.

Well, Choco began barking AT me. Acting very strangely.  I just KNEW something was up. I quickly decided to just pack up & head back out. As I was packing up, I was watching these men from the corner of my eye. One had pulled up in a car, and one had met him, coming up from the beach. They seemed to be getting heated in their conversation…. It honestly seemed to me like there was perhaps a drug deal going down. I was more than happy to get on my way. After that incident, Choco was just as sweet & playful as he’d been before, so I could only think, in amazement, that he had sensed I was in potential danger,  & had warned me to get going. He never left my side, the entire rest of the walk to the Nature Preserve.  At that point, sadly, I had to say goodbye to my faithful companion, as he could not enter the Preserve, and the very friendly park ranger offered to take him back to town.

As you can see, each & every time I encountered trouble, or potential sticky situations, there was a furry companion there to be my champion.  That is what got me thinking: Do Angels Wear Fur????

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Beauty of a Blog

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

How do you perceive yourself?

I was driving down the street recently and saw this sign, “I’m Beautiful Inside.” It was for a home for sale, but it really got me thinking. I wanted to write a blog about beauty.

Media creates an illusion of perfection that many people feel they must uphold in order to fit in. We all know this. At least, I hope at this point we realize it. I guess I should wonder most about the young ones. Maybe they don’t understand this yet.

I want to make dang sure everyone in MY circle gets it. Beauty truly is an “inside job”. Inner beauty simply radiates outward from a person. If you are happy on the inside, if you smile, if you have joy and peace bubbling up from your heart… your outer looks do not matter one iota. BELIEVE ME. I see it over and over and over. The kind of inner beauty I’m talking about is hard to miss. It has an “attraction factor” that many are drawn to, like moths to a flame.

How does one cultivate inner beauty? Through mindfulness practices and peace-inducing meditations.

What is mindfulness? Living life On Purpose. I would be so bold as to say multi-tasking is the enemy of mindful living.

“How to be a Zen Master: Do one thing at a time.” -Zen teaching.

We are so harried in today’s hyper-tech world, that we often feel we must do many things at once. The result? Life swooshes past so very rapidly. But that old saying, “Stop and smell the roses,” could not be more significantly important today. Mindful living can include some of the following:

Actually SIT DOWN to a meal. And actually put the phone away. Enjoy every bite, every nuance of texture and flavor in your food. Enjoy the person or people around you, enjoy the scenery. Take it all in. Chew each bite as if it were the first bite of human food you’ve ever had. Smell each food item and enjoy its aroma even before you put it in your mouth. TAKE YOUR TIME.

When driving, instead of “zoning out”, actually pay attention to the world around you. So often we drive like robots. We’ve been this way countless times. We arrive sometimes, and don’t even remember driving to our destination. Mindfulness practices are an excellent tool to exercise while driving. SEE the trees and buildings you are passing. Notice interesting details. You’d be surprised at what you observe. Pay attention to your body, your breath. Try and feel into your body, notice how the air moves in and out of your lungs. This is also a great time to practice positive mantras, like:

“I am a child of the Universe (or God, or whatever is your Source). I am loved and I am limitless.”

“I love myself, I accept myself, I will BE myself.”

“At my core is a deep well of calm.”

Cultivating inner peace and joy comes from taking just a few minutes each day to sit in a quiet place, try and clear the mind, and just… BE……..

Exercises for clearing the mind include:

Try to imagine your mind as the sky… clear as a bell. If (WHEN!) thoughts intrude, try to see them as clouds, and allow them to drift on and out of the “scene.”

Or imagine sitting by a stream, and thoughts that enter your peaceful solitude can be dropped into the stream like leaves; watch them float away.

A meditation practice can look many different ways. A walk with the dog before or after work is a great opportunity. But don’t let your mind get away with you. Pay attention to the way your feet hit the surface of the earth, pay attention to pretty flowers or bushes in the neighborhood along the way, appreciate the clouds, the trees, and wild critters.

If you do even one of the above exercises on a regular basis, you will cultivate an inner beauty that surpasses all understanding. You will even begin to look and feel younger. People will be asking you, “What’s your secret?”

Try it out today!

 

 

 

 

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Wait a Minute!!

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Oh the Pause…

One thing I have been working on lately is to try & remember to pause, just for a couple of beats, before answering a question.  Humans are in such a frenzied pace these days… we rush rush rush everywhere.  The fast-paced, technologically advancing world we live in leaves us in a whirl-wind of activity.  So if you’re like me, you rush to answer, rush to speak.

The problem with this?  Sometimes what comes out of our mouth may not be exactly what we intended.  What can come out when we are in too much of a hurry to speak?

Here’s a quote from Brian Adams:

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.

Did you catch those words attached to impatience?  Fear, anxiety, discouragement & failure…

Yet patience (especially in our responses to others) breeds confidence, decisiveness, & a rational outlook… & thusly, success.  🙂

We have long forgotten the proverb:  “Patience is a virtue.”

Virtue, according to dictionary.com, means moral excellence, goodness, righteousness.

Sounds like something that might be helpful to have!  😉  And, as our quoted author above states, patience can in fact be an ART.  So begin to play with this concept in your mind.  Start taking a quick moment to think through your answer before you begin.  What’s sad is that people might think others a little “slow” when practicing this art… when in fact, they are far more WISE than others may suspect.

I’m going to really work on this.  Will you join me?

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”    -Edmund Burke

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Also, if you’d like to learn how to get paid doing what I do… sharing your thoughts with the world, click  HERE.

Bright blessings!!

Shakti  ♥

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SUCCESS vs Failure

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Define Success…

Quote found on tumblr.com:  “Success is not the key to happiness… Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Ever heard that before?  I have.  And it makes sense to me!  Success does not equal a status/title or a monetary amount.  You could be making very little money, but be very content in your life, AND love what you do to earn that living… and be a SUCCESS.  Can we all agree on that?

If you’re not there yet… then how to achieve it?  Check out this quote by “success artist” Trish Britt:

“It doesn’t take much more of an effort to succeed than it does to fail.  Be realistic about where you can start.  When you decide, really dedicate yourself to it & persist at it.  No one is going to make you more successful except yourself.  If you’re not trying, no one else will.  If you’re good at something, & try very hard at it, you are going to succeed.”

Let’s break that down.  EFFORT:  Did you catch what she said??  “It doesn’t take much more of an effort to succeed than it does to fail.”  Could that really be true?  It can be if you believe it to be.  Everything we create in life stems from our personal beliefs.  Beliefs are everything.  Remember this one?  “If you believe it you CAN achieve it.”  So, let’s start out just believing that success does not require a whole lot of extra effort.  Sounds good.  Makes it more appealing to me!

Next:  “Be realistic about where you can start.”  That makes sense.  When you take a good, long, hard look at where you’re at, then you can begin the journey with a firm base.  Map out your plan.  That is always a good idea.  Break it into small, manageable steps.  Ever heard this one?  “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”  🙂

Next sentence:  “When you decide, really dedicate yourself to it & persist at it.”  Oh, yes, indeed.  Perseverance is the predecessor to success, no doubt about that.  That happens to be something I’m personally working on in my own journey.  I tend to get off track pretty easily.  I get bored or distracted, or both!  But I genuinely desire, with all my heart, at this point in my life to go all in on ONE THING… anything.  I’m just ready to see myself as a success at one thing; therefore, I am practicing dedication & persistence.

Next part:  “No one is going to make you more successful except yourself.  If you’re not trying, no one else will.”  If it is to be, it is up to ME.  Truer words were never spoken.  SUCCESS is forward motion, in my opinion.  And only I can make that motion.  No one is there to move my legs, or make up my mind on important (forward-moving) decisions, or move my fingers on the keyboard, etc.

Success is closer than you think.

Lastly, let’s look at the phrase:  “If you’re good at something, & try very hard at it, you are going to succeed.”  That makes sense, doesn’t it?  First of all, follow your passion.  If there is something you feel very passionate about, chances are it is your gift, your purpose.  Then next we put in the EFFORT.  This formula equals success.  I got a tattoo a few years back on my shoulder.  It is Japanese lettering which literally translates as “Zen Strength.”  For me, it translates as:  Do Your Best.  I got the tattoo to signify an important crossroad in my life.  I was embarking on a new career, a new phase of my life, & it was the perfect symbolic phrase to remind me of that.

Success vs Failure

Failure is simply not trying.  That is my opinion.  We’ve all heard about Ben Franklin.  He experimented & “failed” literally thousands of times before he perfected the light bulb.  What if he had given up after a few failed attempts?  I’m glad he persisted.  He “failed forward”, learning from each mistake.  He is my inspiration.  If I fall down, I will just simply keep getting back up again & again & again, until I feel I am a SUCCESS.  🙂

The project I’m working on right now can be seen at this link:  CLICK HERE if you would like to take a quick peak.  I’m on a journey of persistent action.  Maybe you can join me… who knows where it may lead?

If you enjoyed today’s blog on “success”, feel free to share.

Thanks for stopping by!

Your friend always,

Shakti 

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What’s a MIND MOVIE??

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The Way to Create the Life You Desire

Before I get into the how’s & why’s, WATCH mine:

 Shakti’s Mind Movie

 Now do you get the idea??  It’s very, very simple.  It’s a Vision Board plus.  If you don’t know what a “vision board” is, I’ll tell ya.  Usually you would gather a bunch of pictures cut out of magazines… all things you desire to have, to create in your life.  Basically you can organize your dreams into a few simple categories:

  • Career
  • Family
  • Romance
  • Travel
  • Spirituality
  • Physical Appearance
  • Home    etc.

You get a big poster board & create a beautiful collage of all the things you desire to create & manifest in your life.  Next…(now THIS is the really important part)…you must look at it every day, even two or three times a day.

Why?  To supplant these visions into your subconscious.  When you gaze at the items on your Vision Board, you must FEEL the feelings associated with having them (i.e. bliss, happiness, freedom, satisfaction, gratitude…)  All this will aid in the manifestation of these items in your life.  Have you ever heard the phrase, “You become what you think about most.” ?  That’s the idea here.  Visualization is a VERY powerful tool to create the life you desire.

Mind Movies are simply a moving version of your dreams & desires.  I believe it can be even more effective, simply because you can add the music of your choice that evokes the emotions & feelings of having the things in your video.  Anything helps!

It’s really fairly easy, & VERY fun, to create your Mind Movie.  You can choose from the many images already in the program, or upload your own.  For instance, I have wanted a (red OR yellow) bi-plane since I was a little girl, visiting the local Air Shows with my parents.  I wanted to include that in my Movie, so I “Google Imaged” a pic I liked & added it in.

Then comes the really fun part.  You can choose from all kinds of affirmations they have on the site, from many different categories; or you may create your own.  You even get to customize the way the visuals transition from one to another.  I had a BLAST creating mine, & finished the whole thing in one sitting.  😀

You can access more info, or just go ahead & buy HERE.  Also, there are 3 free Mind Movies available, ready-made, ready to inspire you to greater heights in health & wealth, etc. just for checking it out.  ♥

Give it a try, I think you’ll like it!

Love you lots!

Shakti  

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Laws that are COOL?!?

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Universal Laws

There are 50 primary Universal Laws, according to psychic healer/hypno-therapist, Dick Sutphen.  I wanted to share a few of my very favorites.  I read over these daily, to help me remember them.  It’s part of my daily dose of “mind medicine”.

The Law of Manifestation.  Things begin as a thought, an idea.  This becomes a belief.  Our beliefs create our reality.  All we need to do is reprogram beliefs that aren’t working anymore.  How?  Through dedication (study), awareness, & training (practice).

The Law of Conscious Detachment.  It is our resistance to “what is” that causes all suffering.  When we accept what is, we accept the unalterable realities in our lives without resisting them.  Some things are facts.  They exist.  Change what you can change, but have the wisdom to accept unalterable situations as they are.

The Law of Fellowship.  When two or more people of similar vibrations are gathered for a shared purpose, the attainment of that purpose is multiplied exponentially.

The Law of Reflection.  That which you admire in others exists within you.  Same goes for that in others which causes you to react strongly.

The Law of Unconditional Love.  To attain this, one must overcome fear.  Living by this law means you have an acceptance of others exactly as they are, without attempting to change them.

The Law of Abundance.  You have within yourself everything required to make your earthly incarnation a paradise, IF you choose to accept that which is your natural birthright.  We live in a Universe of abundance!

The Law of Divine Order.  Everything is as it should be.  There are no accidents.  Your energy–through words, actions, & deeds–causes ALL your experiences.

The Law of Commitment.  You must have CLEAR INTENT.  No indecisiveness, whatsoever.  If you are in harmony with the Universe, & living according to your purpose…. magic happens.  And the greater your emotional investment into this desire, the more power to the Law, & the more rapid the manifestation.

The Law of Dissonance.  A mental discomfort results if you hold two conflicting beliefs, or if your actions do not reflect your beliefs.  This law is also known as:  The Law of Self-Delusion.  😉

The Law of Fearful Confrontation.  If you fear doing something, & yet have the courage to do it anyway, you will soon do a mental flip-flop… & may even become addicted to doing it!

The Law of Group Consciousness.  a.k.a “The 100th Monkey Effect“.  When the group consciousness reaches a critical mass of accepting a new concept, then the concept is accepted by the Whole.

And my personal favorite:

The Law of New Beginnings.  This occurs at major life turning points.  Everything will change as a result.  These are usually coined:  “A-HA!” moments.

I’m thoroughly enjoying a new beginning in my life.  I received a HUGE A-Ha moment when I watched the video I am linking here.  Just copy & paste this web address & it will take you to the most exciting opportunity I’ve EVER run across:  >>>http://www.ManifestingLife.info<<<

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Love & Light always,

Shakti 

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Have you met my buddy, Eckhart?

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What are YOU putting into YOUR head?

A long time ago I realized the power of what we put into our brains.  You know why?  What goes in, comes out.  For instance, if you spend all your time gossiping & listening to others complain, say at work and at home with your family… that truly is all you will know, all you will do.  Gossip & complain.  Sound familiar?  Know people like that?  I sure do.

What about people who fill their minds with the anger & hatred & violence of certain genres of music & also graphic video games & movies?  Think those people are more likely to commit acts of anger & violence… to care a lot less about their planet & their fellow humankind?  You bet!

So I decided WAAAAAY back to fill my mind with positive, uplifting material.  I actually rarely even listen to the radio.  I always have a good audio book playing while driving, or I’m found listening to my mp3 player filled with positive music & messages.  At home on my downtime I can be seen reading… nearly always non-fiction, self-empowerment type stuff.

Eckhart Tolle is a grand example.  If you’ve never heard him speak… go here: Youtube & check him out.  Listening to an audio book of his is a hypnotic experience in itself.  :D     I am a HUGE fan.  My favorite book so far is, A New Earth.  I thought I might share a few “hotpoints” from this book here:

  • STORY vs. FACTS.  Here’s an example:  A young man has been left by his girlfriend.  His story suddenly is:  “She left me, my life is over!”  The fact of the matter is:  “I have just experienced a big life change.”  The situation is neutral, if you learn to become the observer of the circumstances in your life.  Don’t BE your thoughts & emotions; be the AWARENESS behind them.
  • IDENTITY vs. ROLES.  We often believe we are defined by what we do.  For instance, someone says:  “So tell me about you.”  You reply, “Well, I’m a father, a boss, a little league coach…”  When in fact, those are simply the roles we play in life.  Who we are, our identity, actually has nothing to do with such things.  When we define ourselves by our roles, we are in EGO.  As Eckhart so beautifully puts it:  “Isn’t it enough just that YOU ARE.  Let go of the belief that you should or need to know who you are.  This is where peace comes from.”  ♥
  • Find the balance between Human and Being (human being).  Human:  our functions, roles, achievements, possessions, etc.  The FORMBeing:  the still, alert presence of consciousness itself.  The FORMLESS.  Find the balance between the two, they are interwoven.
  • Happiness is a choice.  It is simply a role to play.  But we must choose it, consciously.  Each day, even.  Unhappiness, as Eckhart phrases it, “is an ego-created mental/emotional disease, the internal pollution of our planet.”  The conditions in & of themselves are not dreadful; they simply are.  It is our reaction to them–or our inner resistance to them–that is ‘dreadful’.”  As Shakespeare so eloquently points out:  “There is nothing either good or bad.  But thinking makes it so.”

I hope you have enjoyed these little “snippets” from Eckhart Tolle’s classic, A New Earth.  If so, please feel free to share my blog.  You may also check out my new web venture here  at:  www.ManifestingLife.info.

Until next time… Bright Blessings!!

Shakti 

 

 

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Jump into ACTION!

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A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.      -Bo Bennett

 

Forward Motion

 

Whenever you’re standing at the precipice of a decision, you can take hours, days, even weeks & months, to go for it.  I’m going to share with you a way you can KNOW if something is right for you.

 

Tune into your body.  It has a wisdom we can only begin to fathom.  There’s the brain, of course.  It over-analyzes almost everything.  The conscious, thinking mind can spin a million different possibilities, & literally get your head to spinning.  SO, the best thing to so about THAT part of your body is to get things down on paper.

 

If you’re trying to decide on something big… do what man has done through the ages:  write out the pro’s & con’s.  It really works!  It’s like a weight scale.  You list pro’s on one side & con’s on the other, & then see which one “stacks up”.

 

Once you have accomplished this, it may be time to meditate.  Active meditation.  That means you sit with your list, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, & just kind of “phase out” for awhile… just letting your mind drift.  You may find yourself drifting off into a bit of a nap at the same time, but that is actually A-Ok!!  When we are in that sleepy in-between state, that is when our conscious (over-analytical) right-brained mind gets a chance to take a break.  That’s when the “good stuff” is allowed to come through, from the subconscious.  So after about 10-15 minutes of this, take a few moments to WRITE.  Write anything!  Just write, write, write.  You’d be surprised what comes out of your brain when you allow it to relax.  Some of humankind’s greatest inventions & scientific discoveries have come as a direct result of this method.

 

Next, let’s move on to the heart.  This will certainly take you out of the over-thinking mind.  The way to tune into your heart is to literally put a hand (or both hands) over your heart.  That will activate the bio-electrical energy… sort of like “tuning in” to those heart frequencies.  Ask yourself the question:  “What does my HEART tell me to do in this situation/about this decision?”  And listen… really listen.

 

And lastly, did you know your belly has a brain, too?  It’s called the ENS:  enteric nervous system.  You can tune into this as well.  Just put a hand on your belly, just above the naval… that is truly tuning into your “gut instinct”.  Ask yourself:  “What does my gut tell me about this?”

 

Our body LOVES to communicate with us.  The billions of cells in our bodies all have a consciousness of their own.  It’s like our body is an entire universe, & all the cells are individual, sentient beings.  Our mind is the “God” that directs things.  But each & every part of the body is working as a team for our greatest good.

 

The point?  The body wants to pitch in & help.  All we need do is ASK.

 

Then LISTEN.

 

Try it!  You just might get the answers you’re looking for.

 

And then once you do… don’t hesitate!!!  TAKE ACTION!  With confidence.

 

“Audentes fortuna iuvat”, “Fortes fortuna adiuvat”, “Fortuna audaces iuvat” and “Fortes fortuna juvat”.

 

Fortune favours the bold, Fortune favours the brave, Fortune helps the brave, and Fortune favours the strong.

 

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Till next time,

Shakti  ♥

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A Cheap Bottle of Wine

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and Other Visions….

Sometimes when I meditate I receive a vision of what “life” is like.  It’s just my subconscious mind giving me what I love:  visuals.

I wanted to share a couple of them.  Once I saw a big knot being untied.  It reminded me that that’s kind of what humanity is going through right now.  Are you noticing it?  It’s as if we’ve been bound for centuries by old, stuck belief systems.  And now we are beginning to loosen the knot.  Humanity is waking up, in a manner of speaking; beginning to realize the power we have within each of us to make a difference, to make change happen.

We see it everywhere.  The Occupy Movement, the acceptance of LGBT rights, also how many, many government & banking officials are coming to justice for all the fraud perpetuated on humankind for so long, etc.  It gives me hope.  🙂

Another visual I received in meditation was of an ocean view.  I was being led through a jungle that suddenly opened up to an ocean view.  Then the ocean became countless oceans… hard to explain.  Each ocean was a different color, all so beautiful & vivid beyond imagination.  I was looking at all the levels & layers of “oceans”, & I remember noticing how unbelievably beautiful each one was, even the brown one!  And I realized that these oceans represented the level of growth & awareness of every individual on the planet.  We’re all at different levels, each our own unique color, on our own journey… but ALL equally as beautiful.  No matter where we’re at.  All equal, all the same.  Because… we are ONE.

My most recent vision was of a bottle of wine, with a twist top.  Life on Earth for a long time has been like having a nice bottle of wine sitting on the shelf that we are saving for a special occasion.  We know something good & wonderful is inside, but we’re not sure when the right time to open & celebrate is.  We know when the wine is open, good times will flow.  Celebration, relaxation, etc.

In my visual, the twist top was in the process of being opened.  It was very… twisty.  😉

I understood that this meant that the times we are in RIGHT NOW are the times of action, even uncomfortable action if necessary.  But the actions & the changes are long overdue, & now is the time to get twisty… to get uncomfortable.  Do the work: like meditation & energy clearing, like diet change & exercise, cleaning & clearing up the clutter in our lives.

Why?  Because the good times are coming!  Soon, the twisting time will be over, the hard work will be finished, & we can just kick back & relax… just enjoy… just BE.

So HANG IN THERE.  😀

Love ya!

Shakti 

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