Friday, April 17, 2015

Living Out Loud

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~ Clarence Budington Kelland

The phrase living out loud often describes a person who lives their code of conduct in a transparent manner. Spiritually speaking, living out loud, suggests using everyday life as a platform to prove the principle of spiritual law - to take a perceived limitation and transform it into a new standard of accomplishment - to take a desire and go after it with intention and purpose regardless of any ‘mess amongst the mystery’ that may be unearthed in a public fishbowl viewing process. 

It describes a person vulnerable and daring enough to try something new, knowing that outside eyes will scrutinize and broadcast every perceived flaw.

Living out loud is honest and exhilarating, yet unnerving for those who find themselves heavily tempted to retreat and surrender to the conforming voice inside them.

To return back to this bold state of being requires...

letting go of perfection - in human form we all make less than optimal choices. Mistakes are like cosmic emory boards filing away the jagged edges of our evolution. Without the trying and failing, the ebbs and the flows, we would never understand and appreciate the nature of growth and its endless gifts. We can learn to laugh at our foibles and see them as stepping stones to our expanding wisdom.

letting go of the need to please - when we burden ourselves with people pleasing, we begin to lose our self identity and begin creating fragmented personas with hopes of securing our position in friendships and work environments. Because we don’t dare expose our perceived failures for fear of being judged, those very fears overtake and freeze us into a fraudulent existence. We aren't living a life, we are managing our multiple personas. Honoring who you are and what intuitively feels right resuscitates your purpose and worth, bringing you back in alignment with others who revere the authentic you.


letting in the idea that the Universe is on your side - all things are working together for our good but most of the time we don’t trust that - at all. In fact, many times, we feel that nothing is working and it is our job to get in there and control the outcome with effort and worry. Trust is key. Living out loud is cultivating that trust day after day and bringing our tendencies of sabotage to the light - to expose and release them in order to feel, see and know the care of Source. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Universal Tough Love

The influential mythologist Joseph Campbell once offered this, "The Universe always strikes you at your weakest point because that's what most needs strengthening."

Although the word 'strike' is an interesting choice, Campbell is relaying that the Universe perpetually offers us the chance to evolve. One might even say, It insists on it.

Generally our fears are exaggerations of limitation in a landscape of infinite potentiality. Through fear we see the world as an unfair punch to the gut, a strike, yet the Universe will not stop showcasing one wondrous manifestation after another through cooperative lives. Its our choice to either abolish the fear and get on board the success train or let the fear expand and keep brewing a special kind of hate for the ones who seem to have it all.

I continuously return to the motto that how we do anything is how we do everything. The genius in those words reminds me how every facet of our being is interconnected just like every organ, cell, muscle and internal system is likewise interconnected.  If I have a toothache, the pain is experienced far beyond the isolated area of tooth and gum. It can produce fever, affect sleep, prompt anxiousness and much more. So, if I have a pain in one area of my thinking, my whole being is affected.

The same truth applies to our emotional pain and fear - if I stay loyal to the weakening theme that my talents are under appreciated, then the reciprocal nature of law will produce an effect whereby this self-generated prophecy becomes fulfilled throughout all of my affairs, not just some of them.

Knowing this, do I really want to stay loyal to a weak theme? Do I want to keep brewing my own potion of excuse and jealousy? After all, are we not as strong as our weakest belief?

The Universe is the manifested playground of our mental atmosphere. It is the impressionable field of human
reality that is completely generated, populated and decorated by our loyal thoughts.  Yet, even when our choice of thought ignores the infinite Life-Principle, the Life-Principle will not ignore us. It simply keeps revealing itself. It reveals success, expansion and love all around us. We might angrily shake our fist at those who have these things. Still, this principle simply extends reminders that each of these positive qualities are ours as well. This is the 'strike' Campbell refers to.

Call it the greatest act of tough love. The Universe, comprised of incomparable love, conspires to lift us to our infinite capabilities. It won't ever let up because love never lets up.

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.

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