Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Cleaning


S - Sweep - Sweep up and throw away your excuses 

as to why you can't or won't do something. Stop 
being the one who merely comments on what is 
wrong and start being the one who offers solutions.

P - Polish - Polish your heart with all its 
unwavering and steadfast passion and allow it to 
lead you to unlimited ways of creatively 
expressing who you are and what you love.

R - Rinse - Rinse away all of the self-doubt that 
has long coated your motivation and become 
willing to reacquaint yourself with a shiny, 
untarnished and larger sense of self.

I - Increase - Increase your circle of influence 
with those who see the glass half full - brimming 
with possibility and who champion you to do the same.

N - Neaten - Neaten your environment and create a 
sanctuary that is pleasing to the eye. You'll 
feel the difference both physically and emotionally.

G - Groom - Groom your mind just as you would 
groom your physical self. Everyday look into the 
mirror of your being and adjust your thoughts, 
brush away the negativity and begin to 
consciously apply the law of attraction for your good.


C - Clear - Clear out the clutter. Take out what 
you haven't used or worn in the last year and 
donate it to a charity. By clearing out the old, the new can finally come in.

L - Lighten - Lighten up and stop taking yourself 
and your situation so seriously. If joy is our 
birthright, then allow that quality of being to 
help lead you down the path of rediscovering sustaining happiness.

E - Empty - Empty out your bag of regrets and 
know that this now moment is the beginning of 
creating whatever life you desire. What you 
choose to focus on today colors and creates your tomorrows.

A - Arrange - Arrange your time so that you have 
equal parts work and play. Understand that one 
isn't more important than the other. Both play 
vital and necessary roles in developing an optimum lifestyle.

N - Number - Number your goals and keep them in 
sight, referring to them often. When one is 
accomplished, replace it with another, always 
raising the stakes to see just how much good you can embody.

I - Inhabit - Inhabit your days with acts of 
unconditional love. Make it your intention to 
cherish and champion the good of others without expecting anything in return.

N - Nail - Nail up and complete any wobbly 
communication and unfinished business and if it 
simply isn't possible to take immediate care of 
it, then create a plan to do so.

G - Gather - Gather up your friends and family 
and let them know how much you appreciate 
them. Praise their goals, their dreams, their lives.

© 2007 Rev David Ault

Friday, March 6, 2015

Disappointment

Stick around long enough and I will disappoint you.

I will not live up to an expectation that you have of me - a persona perhaps formulated in your mind after listening to me speak or from taking a class with me or from shaking my hand on a Sunday on the front steps of the Center in Atlanta or a book-signing at a convention.

I will perhaps let you down by not acknowledging you in the way you deserve, by not remembering your name or from catching me in a moment when my human nature is far more visible than my spiritual one.

I offer a sincere and deeply rooted apology to you if you have experienced these indiscretions.

And as Henry David Thoreau encouraged, “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”

As a boy, I remember my constant hunger for my mother’s attention. For the majority of my formative years she was simply unavailable.  Today, I understand the enormous pressure of her day-to-day existence. Widowed, fearful, unskilled, it was a terrifying journey for her to be on with so many depending upon her.  The burden, many times, broke her sense of composure and shriveled her hope.

I deeply internalized her seeming neglect and angrily engaged in withdrawal and judgment for what I termed as poor and abusive mothering skills.

But something happened along the way. I found the Science of Mind philosophy and began to revisit the years of my life from a lens of  cause and effect rather than from a system of fate and unlucky genealogy. My cause (or choice) was an expectation for my mother to fill a void within me. My result (or effect) was compounding disappointment.

I read Ernest Holmes words, “It is a solace to the mind when we come to understand that all human limitation, from the standpoint of the Divinity within us, is unnecessary.” 

My long held limiting view of life was unnecessary. I could begin a deliberate claiming of my good. I could claim that I was seen and heard, validated and successful. Others did not determine my happiness or worth. I, and I alone, most uphold that responsibility in order to create a different experience. I had to see me first. I had to validate me first. The world would reflect that back to me in kind.

I did that, faithfully, and over time began to see my mother’s life approach as a catalyst for profound growth rather than a repressive obstacle. She was a gift and my masterful teacher.

The trick for me was to stick it out, to take ownership of my disappointment. She lived long enough that I got to practice non-expectation in the months prior to her death. I held in there till I began to reap the compensation that Thoreau referred to and I would invite you to ‘stick it out’ as well. 

If you are feeling disappointed, consider these steps.

  • Feel your feelings - Without trying to bypass or speed up the process, feel what it is you need to feel. Let yourself have a good cry. Write a therapeutic letter as an exercise to purge and empty out whatever is necessary to help restore you back to a place of calm. 
  • Seek to understand - I would venture a guess that most of the people you feel disappointment around are not even aware they did something that upset you. Like many, we can get so lost in our own head, our own stress, our own issues, that neglect and oversight happen without malice.
  • Practice acceptance - Undoubtedly, the process of disappointment will perpetuate. I will be disappointed. I will disappoint. You will be disappointed. You will disappoint. The part that becomes masterful is how we will use this for our growth rather than our diminishment. 
  • Communicate - After practicing the above steps, be willing to speak directly to the person with whom you felt/feel the issue. Stay open to resolve and take blame off the table. Simply share your expectation and how it felt and what you learned from it. Do not mask your words with passive/aggressive tones but aim to be genuine, open and solution-driven.


Imagine the power restored within us by owning our expectations, seeking first to understand and returning back to cause and the changing of thought. 

It’s here. It’s possible and I join you in the practice.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

From Prevention to Transcension

Often our spiritual journey starts as an act of prevention. 

We are in pain and we seek a solution to alleviate our turmoil - to transport ourselves to an improved lifestyle.  This is understandable. 


It is the reason most of us became avid journeymen on the spiritual path.
  
Yet, if we grow in our understanding of spiritual principles and dive deep into the application of our free use of an unlimited creative law, we become aware that staying in the energy of prevention only perpetuates an experience where prevention or "protection" is necessary.

Protection from what - an economic disaster, an unhealable disease, an unlovable nature? 

With too much focus on protection as our cause, its need becomes our inevitable effect.

We are destined to return to our pure nature. We are designed to use our creative spiritual principles of law for more than a Band-Aid over unrelinquished fears.  We are designed to return to the untainted, powerful instrument of unlimited creativity and purposeful expression.

Staying in prevention mode delays your bigger purpose.  

Ask yourself what you are afraid of. 
Are these fears in alignment with spiritual truth?

Already knowing the fundamental answer to this, these two steps will help move you from simply existing in prevention to thriving in transcension.

1) Persistently deny the reality of a faltering future.  You cannot be separated from the divine outpouring of divine right action anymore than you can be separated from the laws of gravity. It is the reality of life that all is love for all is God. Do what you must to return to this truth every day.

2) Persistently let in the all encompassing good. Do not shun it by flirting with troubles. Do not pinch it off by entertaining ideas of unworthiness or shame. Do not go unconsciousness of its presence by blanketing its light with your unwillingness to claim your deserved joy.

You are modeled after ultimate Intelligence. Every system within you is designed with Universal harmony are already encoded within.

 



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Your Vibrational Atmosphere


 No one is betraying you. Each person you encounter is honoring your practiced vibrational atmosphere.

Everything has its origin in Thought. Before anything surfaces in our experience, the theme of that experience first appeared within our thoughts. And it wasn’t just a one time mental drive by.  The corresponding thought was something that drove round and round in our mind and eventually parked in the lot of our belief system.

I’ve loved and championed this concept of thought and how it becomes both belief and personal vibration when reading stories of Olympic athletes mindfully visualizing winning the gold medal.  Each of their processes describes habitual thought practice so ingrained, so constant, that when the win actually happened, each remarked how the winning day was like any other day.  They had been winning in their mind for so long that it was accepted as inevitable.

I’ve hated and resisted this concept of thought and how it becomes both belief and personal vibration when I’ve heard that I am the creator of my own reality and I currently do not like my reality. I want to argue and say, “I would never choose this upset, this illness, this betrayal. Yet, I’ve been driving around with thematic thoughts of ‘the world as unfair’, ‘myself as not good enough’ or ‘nothing ever works out for me’ so many times around my mental track that it has become, as the opening sentence indicates, my vibrational atmosphere.

Ernest Holmes motto was undeniably clear, “Change your thinking, change your life.”

It tells us, in simple terms, how universal law works in our collective and individual world.

And as truth students, we thankfully keep asking ourselves, “Why would I choose to continue misusing a law that is designed to bring me ultimate freedom?

By loosening the reigns of ego, we run towards our personal responsibility rather than fleeing from it. Life becomes a joyous and successful experiment using Universal law to deliver consistently positive results with eager accommodation.

We are designed for victory, not victimhood. We are whole at our very core, not fragmented, bruised and broken. Know that each of us is designed for boundless manifestation. Making this our number one intention, we enter into purposeful living with a vibrational frequency surrounding and delivering to us all that we could ever possibly need.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Season of Reflection

 
Something undeniable happens at this time of the year.   

We stop, however brief, and reflect on light, holiness, good-will and the universal aspirations of mankind to reach outside usual thought patterns and accept something more expansive and hopeful for our lives and the lives of others.

If we cooperate in this sacred recognition, we return to the Kingdom.  It is the Kingdom of Light. It is a Kingdom, not made of hands, but with heart and spirit and love.

I offer you an affirming prayer that you may choose to enter into this Kingdom and discover for yourself a relief to every pain, a smile for every sorrow, a love for every fear and the reality of transcendence for every time you chose to recognize God in all situations.

Wherever you are this holiday season, pause, breathe deeply and simply utter a prayer of thanks.

Be willing to receive your well-deserved Kingdom.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Gratitude Is A Lifestyle


Gratitude is a lifestyle, not an expression reserved for a special occasion.

To practice gratitude requires something of you.

Mainly, it is to see the light of truth in all situations.


What a journey our souls signed up for – to walk this planet, in this incarnation, and to reawaken daily to the practice - the deliberate choosing,  of seeing the Divine in all things. It is your soul’s assignment and it is what you and I came here to do.

This season of  Thanksgiving, whether we gather with family and friends, or find ourselves alone, our souls need our cooperation. Just like it does everyday, our true self beckons us to remember why we are here.

We are here to love.  When you honor another with thoughts and/or actions of love, particularly when it is not convenient, when other’s loyalties become fickle and accusatory, even when they condemn or conspire against you, you are loving every part of you. When you love those who turn against you, you love the part of you that turns against you. When you choose loving thoughts towards those who condemn, you love and restore the part of you that self-condemns. When you choose to love another even in profound disappointment, you bathe yourself in compassion for all the times you have disappointed yourself.

This is because there is no ‘us and them’.  We are all interconnected. How you act towards another is the action you direct at yourself.

We each have the power to help restore this world back to its original divinity.

I invite you to do your part.  Offer love to those in pain without needing anything in return. Offer it to the victims as well as the perpetrators. Offer it to a hurting world. And, especially, offer it to yourself.

May we uncover the power of this within our own experience this holiday.
May we reawaken to our personal magnificence and honor our soul’s assignment.

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