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Think About It Thursday: How Present Are You? (3 Ways to Stay Present)

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Do you know where you are right now?  Mentally?  How often are you fully grounded?  How often are you in your head?  You may want to check in with yourself every so often.

I’ve discovered that unless I’m in a direct conversation with someone or working intensely on a project — I may not really be there. I may be thinking of what just happened, or what I need to do, or mulling over an idea.   I think that’s the reason I sometimes have trouble remembering things, like what I’ve done, memories from the past, etc.  I just wasn’t present.  I wasn’t really there.

The present is a present.  So, if you are like me, and you’d like to take more advantage of this gift, check in with yourself every so often.  Where am I right now?  Am I here?  Or am I in my head?

The next step is to put your attention on something that will keep you in the moment.

  1. Sometimes I take a look at one of my hands.  (This is also a great practice for increasing lucid dreaming if you then ask yourself: Am I dreaming?)
  2. I may also put my attention on one of my senses by touching something in my environment or feeling my feet in my shoes or looking at items in the room.
  3. Perhaps the easiest thing to hold your attention on is your breath.  Don’t try to change it, but notice the inflow and outflow and gently follow it.

Opportunity comes in the present moment!  Are you taking advantage?  What will you try today?

Much love and many blessings! ❤

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It’s 11:31pm, and I Miss You

Hello, everyone!  I’m writing because it’s been a long time.  And I miss it.  I miss you.  So, it’s late, and I still have to do the litterbox and most of my metaphysics exercises, but I just want to quickly look back on this week.

Highlights:

  1. The “Understanding Your Dreams” Lecture at the Oak Forest Rotary was fabulous.  I realized how confident I am on this topic and how much I enjoy sharing with others.  I would like to make this my Plan B lecture, since I’ve already given it many times.   I plan to lecture monthly and to write new lectures, but I can give this one to anyone who wants to hear it!
  2. I had a wonderful DreamCatchers tonight.  It was one of those events that seemed like it could be too much after a long day, but I had a wonderful experience with a lot of new faces and lots of questions and sharing.  I’m definitely glad I went (and they want us back!)
  3. My office is now fabulously clean and organized, thanks to my student and the company she works for.  It is a pleasure to be in now — and I can find things!  This is a long-needed manifestation that I am incredibly grateful for.
  4. I am putting my attention on concentration and mindfulness.  Redundant?  Ah well. 🙂  I am tired of leaving things behind.  I am tired of feeling so spacey!  I’ve gotta get grounded, and now.   I am getting better at concentrating. I’m starting exercising again.  I’m going to dance around the house. (Great for grounding!) I’m going to make sure I take my vitamins.  Any other suggestions for grounding?
  5. I’ve been seeing 1’s and 2’s everywhere.  It’s actually become a comfort, much as 1’s and 4’s once was.  Apparently I’ve got lots of seed ideas ready to sprout.  And I can see some things finally manifesting for me.  My networking group is growing.  My business/jobs are beginning to increase.   My office is organized.  My identity is changing inside and out. . . I have many more things on my 10 Most Wanted list, so  let’s go manifesting!  Let’s manifest them all! ❤
  6. I’ve been focusing a lot on money.  I’ve been listening to Carol Tuttle’s audio series “Manifesting More Money.”  I realize a lot of my blockages with money and abundance in general are mental.  I’ve known this for some time, and I’m working on shifting my consciousness so that I can be more receptive.  I’ve also been finding that as I stretch myself and give more, I open space to receive more.  (Gotta love that Law of Prosperity!) 🙂

Joy and love to you all. (High vibrational frequencies!) 🙂

Embracing the Creator Within

ID-100294264I experienced a great high this past weekend after attending the Genius Code Spiritual Focus Session.  I felt I finally could acknowledge that I was a creator, and a good one.  It gave me so much light, hope, and confidence.

5 days later I have not yet given myself rest.   I have more purpose, but I’ve lost my spark.  I haven’t meditated in days, and my concentration exercises have been sparse.  This is what I need — to experience what it is like without them.  It feels like how I used to be — insecure, disconnected, and scattered.

I start anew. And then I go to sleep!

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Dreamy Wednesday: Learn About Yourself Through Your Dreams!

Please check out my latest article on lifehack.org: 10 Things Your Dreams Can Tell You About Yourself.  It goes into detail about common dreams and dream symbols: what they mean, and how you can apply them to your life.

I had two different dream themes this morning — one realistic, one more imaginative.  One half of my dreams had to do with singing.  In one I’m at a concert but haven’t been attending any of the rehearsals and therefore don’t know some of the words and am pleasantly surprised when each song begins. (Oh!  Great song!)  Later, a teacher from the College of Metaphysics — who led the Cantata last year — is talking about solos that we’re going to do, and she asks me if I want to do one of them today.  I think that I can do it, but I’m not sure.

In the other dreams people’s clothes were different.  They reminded me of Robin Hoodish plain, peasanty garb.  In one there is a girl sneaking through the woods to get a glimpse of her father.  Someone who would seem to be her enemy senses movement in the woods and suspects it is her.  He sneaks up on her and covers her mouth so that she doesn’t scream.  He wants to help her.  In the other instance I am going somewhere; I’m on my way out.  I’ve promised my sister and someone that I would see them before I went.  I must walk down a LONG paved way to get to the end of the path, past some people at picnic tables.  Then I have to double-back and go all the way down a path to the back of the woods where my sister will be.  I wonder why I didn’t just stop there first afterall, to save some of this time and walking.  As I’m walking a small black dog (like my neighbor’s dog) comes running up, barking ferociously.  I talk to it sweetly and emit a calm feeling, in hopes of calming it down. I think it works.

The first dream has to do with harmonization and with being unprepared.  I suspect this has to do with initiations I’m going through and with ways I’m seeking to grow within myself.  It’s time to perform, time for me to show my stuff and present something awesome, but I haven’t done the work, the practice, to really, truly pull it off.  I’ve been thinking a lot about my scattered mind and about do my metaphysical exercises the best I can.  I suspect this is what that dream is about.  The last part is likely about a dream class my teacher asked me to teach.  I would really enjoy doing it, but I’m not sure I’m ready for the time commitment.  This is what I’m hesitating on in the dream.  To apply these dreams I need to make sure I put in my best effort in my exercises and work on being present and concentrated throughout the day.

In the second dream the clothes and environment stand out to me.  It could be a past life memory, but I’m not sure it was. (Even if it was, it can still be interpreted symbolically.)  The garb is of peasants, which suggests an expression of lacking self value.  The forest is a place of subconscious mind.  The mixture of women and men in the dream suggest interaction between conscious and subconscious, although there is some secrecy, confused trust/loyalty, lack of planning and wise direction choices, etc.  The dog is a distracting, unpleasant habit!  To apply this dream I would want to work on trusting myself, particularly relating to my subconscious state of mind.  I would want to be open and try to create a clear plan or direction using my subconscious, free of distraction, particularly bothersome, unproductive ways of thinking.

Happy dreaming!

Summary Sunday: Quickening of Soul Progression (An Introduction)

How does one blog and complete one’s homework?  By blogging about one’s homework, of course!

“How has the study and application of metaphysics quickened my soul’s progression?”

Our class was instructed to go deep with this one.  How do we know our soul’s progression?  I think — as in the case of dream interpretation — it is something we intuit.  We know this; it’s about trusting that we know it.

Today I was thinking about death because I’ve heard about 3 funerals in the last few days.  Then I had my “Ah ha”! moment: if I were to die tomorrow, how much closer would I have gotten to my life’s purpose than yesterday?  What would this last year have meant to my growth?

Growth means change.  Before change comes awareness.  I am now aware of these things about my soul:

  1. I am the Illuminator.  I am to share my wisdom with others and help them in their soul growth.
  2. I have developed a karmic pattern of giving with resentment.  I am to understand and alter this.
  3. My purpose is self-empowerment.  This is my main lesson for this lifetime.
  4. Our ideal self is the best self we can imagine for ourselves.  My ideal self is unconditionally loving.  This includes being loving toward myself.
  5. My goal is to be still and present-minded.  I can accomplish this best through the practice of concentration and meditation.

. . .  Elaboration to follow in Part II tomorrow. . . .

Metaphysics Monday: Graduation!

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This weekend down at the School of Metaphysics National Headquarters in Windyville, Missouri was an amazing experience.  Every weekend at the college is a great opportunity for growth, and this All-Student weekend was jam-packed.  It was also particularly special because my beautiful classmates and I got to celebrate our graduation, along with other graduates from the 1st cycle and 3rd cycle.  I’d really like to spend some time processing the experience and may blog more about it next Monday, but today I will simply summarize.

In everything we do, students are encouraged to find an “ideal”, “purpose”, and  “goal.”  For some time I’ve had the ideal of unconditional love — what I understand to be the highest vibration– and the purpose of self-empowerment, a learning I received from my past life profile.  As my goal, I chose concentration/present-mindedness, a particular challenge for my scattered and busy mind.

I experienced opportunities for all of these this weekend.  I experienced unconditional love with the beautiful souls I encountered and  also with the frustrations that I overcame by opening my heart.  I experienced self-empowerment through opportunities for leadership and also through the  expression of my true feelings. And, of course, every moment was an opportunity to practice still mindedness.

Those are the basics of my soul learning for the weekend.  Back to regular life and on to the 2nd cycle of lessons!

Happy Friday, Everyone!

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/freedigitalphotos.net

It’s the end of an interesting week of crazy weather, fluctuating emotions, and fun times.  I went from snow days and freezing-cold-day-off-days to going-crazy-with-all-my-activity days.  And I’m hoping I’ll settle in soon.

I have some celebrations for this week that I’d like to share today:

1. I completed Day 1 of my morning routine!  (See yesterday’s post.)

2. My Christmas orders are almost all in!  I got some money and gift cards from relatives at Christmas, and I spent it on a few skirts and dress shirts, boots (found some vegan, narrow, size 8s!), Autobiography of a Yogi, Life, Paint, and Passion and The Magic Path of Intuition.

3. I completed my first appointment in researching expressive arts therapy.  (1/2 hour every day this week except Wednesday, starting today).

4. We got one step closer to emptying the basement, in preparation for finishing it.  (Tomorrow should be the last step in the clean up.)

5. I felt the urge and boogied to the “work out” playlist that I put on to motivate me during the basement cleaning.  I felt like a dork, but I also felt fantastic!

6. I took some time to read for fun.  I found another book as fun as the Post Secret one I read a few weeks back.  It’s called Don’t Pigeonhole Me! by Mo Willems; two decades of the Mo Willems Sketchbook.  His sketched are cute, clever, and outside-the-box, kind of like Far Side, but lighter and with less words.  I’m already half-way through and contemplating buying it eventually.  I love this imaginative, world-changing work that these artists are creating!  It makes me think that I can create meaningful art, too.

7. I am getting one step closer to mastering my metaphysics exercises.  I have one that I have been really rebelling against, and the school just upped it a notch, and I’m handling it.  I’m not where I want to be with it yet, but I’m doing much, much better.  I’ve taken responsibility for it, and that has made a huge difference.  My next task is to figure out how to still my crazy mind!

8. I’ve been writing every day.  I’ve even met the 500 words (Jeff Goins)/3 pages (Artist’s Way) goal almost every day.  I can feel the effect it’s having on me.  I’m beginning to open up, and my inner artist is beginning to emerge.  The next step will be some art self-therapy.  (Ooo!  I’m excited just thinking about it!)

9. I’m taking more responsibility for my thoughts and actions, and I’m starting to act with personal purpose.  The more I can turn things back on myself, the more I can build self-empowerment, and the more happiness I will find. My life and destiny is in my own hands.

10. The polar cold spell is over.  (Nuff said!)

11. I am making my peace with God.  (Likely future post to come.)

12. A “666” on my odometer, a reminder that my angels are with me. 🙂

All-in-all, it’s been a wonderful week.

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