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The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails.

~Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa~

It is such a relief to be reminded that as outer conditions don’t always seem to
swing into agreement in the ways I want them to, that there is Grace.  As Florence
Scovel Shinn once wrote, I am under Grace and not under Law.  I am reminded
again that I live under the umbrella of a Benevolent Universe.  The scales are
inescapably tipped in our favor.  And so, I set my sails with a deep surrender,
which is not to say I cease to have my desires, but is to say I make peace with
the way things are now.

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I don’t know if I would use the word necessary
but I would say it’s inevitable.
It comes with the territory
of free will and the freedom to choose.

and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing,
it could be a clarifying thing
where you define more and more
what it is you really want to let in.

Two sides, same coin.
You could call it the buffer of time,
you could call it Abe’s data collecting side trip
or the holy creative space
of honing your true ever changing,
ever expanding desires.

Holy creative space…hmmm,
I think I like that alot.

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There Is A Field

fields

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.

~Rumi~

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new_compassion

I want you to do something. I want you to deal with this for the following week:
`This is my world, and in my world I am good.´ And I want you to apply that to
your lives. I want you to write what it means to you and how it can change your
lives if you realize it thoroughly. In your own lives, in your own world, you are
good. And, if you are good, and if you believe you are good, what changes might
you make? How might your attitude be altered?
Seth (ESP Class, 11-21-72)

I pulled this section out of a much longer explanation that Seth gives to the
question: why do people kill each other, why is there war?  I think I see what
Seth is saying here that peace must begin with me.  And what is inner peace
but to align with your own inherent goodness.

It must be then that if I am looking through a lens that says the world is
sometimes not a safe place it is because I am sometimes not a safe place.  And
I say that because it seems I am willing to still give myself to the belief that
I am not good enough in some ways.  During happier times, this voice seems
very quiet but other times, especially during “contrast-y” times it feels like
thunder rolling through me.  I realize that if I don’t see myself as good, if
I’m not at peace, if I am not a safe place, then how can anything in my world
reflect that.

I want to live right here and now, as if I and everything is intrinisically good.
I know deep down I truly believe this.  I just have practiced it’s opposite and
when the contrast hits the fan, everything like it seems to rise to the surface.
Well why is that?  Maybe it’s a call to heal this once and for all.  Maybe it’s
a call to really *consciously* question what I am willing to give myself to?  Am I
willing to give myself to my goodness, am I willing to give myself to I am a good,
safe and peaceful place?  Because that is who I really am and I do know this to
be true.

Now, am I willing to live what I know to be the truth, as truth?

Love, Bethie

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duck-alignment

How do you get aligned and how do you stay there?

When you poof into pure positive energy you will pretty much ‘stay there’
from what I gather Abraham tells us. But they also say you didn’t come
here to paint with the same color. You came here for the experiences
that flow into constantly developed new desires and preferences.

And my personal perspective tells me that it’s not being out of alignment
that bothers me so much as what I am telling myself about being out of
alignment. I could be saying things like: this feels so bad, why can’t I
get this right?, what am I doing wrong?, I’m a big fat spiritual fake, when is
this all going to turn around for me?, what am I going to do if I can’t get
this turned around?, I’ve got to change the way I feel right now cuz I can’t
stand living like this.

Or

I could be telling myself it’s all OK, everything I’m feeling is OK and when
I stop judging myself for being out of alignment, when my life no longer
depends on alignment or not-alignment, when the feelings can waft through me
and I don’t grab onto any particular one, I bless them all – they are all
perfect, they are all me – when I can recognize that, the struggle ceases
it’s busy work. A deep and conscious breath fills me. I let it out. I am on my
way.  I am the Compassionate Lover of it All.

Love, Bethie

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This is about distraction or the lack thereof…

It was in the midst of an email conversation with my good friend
Belle that I felt inspired to start a 30 day program.

What it entails is basically every time I have a ‘negative’
thought, I acknowledge it with one word: “distraction” and
then I move on.   This includes all concerns and all judgments
of any kind, towards myself, any condition or anyone else.
All they are, are distractions from whom I choose to be.
It’s amazing how much BS I am refusing to make a dance
partner out of.  Yesterday morning when I first woke up and my
mind was like a searchlight out to lock onto what might be
wrong, I probably said “distraction” a dozen times before I
moved on.

I am very focused on one thing in particular, besides just
general overall peace of mind, I really want to try not making
things mean anything.  I want to suspend drawing conclusions,
making assumptions, building a story.

I had this wonderful opportunity while in conflict with a close
family member to actually practice this, to just state it was a distraction
and not engage in what any of it meant.  As a result, within minutes the
whole situation completely turned around into a really beautiful exchange
with one another.  But if I’d let myself be pulled into what it all could mean,
I would have responded so differently and that heartfelt exchange may
not have taken place.

On Christmas day, I will celebrate my present to myself, a free and
clear Bethie who isn’t lost in a story of her own making and suffering
because of it.  I’m out to end suffering in the place I first experience it.
One person at a time.

Love, Bethie

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Wow, I’ve been tagged by my good friend Belle at Abundance Journal and she was tagged by Cardin at OptimistLab, to play the High Vibe game which is all about what 5 ways do I use to raise my vibe.

Vibe – vibration, the words have actually been around a long time and used by so many. Perhaps the first time I heard of good (high) vibrations was via the Beach Boys’ famous song. It’s a song of pure positive and joyful appreciation expressed towards another, with just a little testosterone thrown in :)

Today vibration IS the name of the game, when it comes to those of us who listen to the teachings of Abraham/Jerry & Esther Hicks.

I have many ways of raising my vibe and some come to me in the moment brand new and fresh. I like to change things up alot, so I’m never stuck or bored by any one thing there is always something new I create.

And here’s some of my 5 favorite ways I raise my vibe:

1. I look up – literally.

How many times I’ve noticed that when I’m feeling low, my gaze is actually low to the ground. This works best outside but can work inside, too. I go outside and literally just look up and around, there is so much more to focus on than the limited perspective of the floor/ground and my feet. When I simply look up and around, I feel an immediate shift and lightness in my vibe.

2. I read my Well Being Cards.

I’ve ‘stolen’ this idea from Jerry and Esther Hicks and made up my own Well Being cards, some have Abe sayings, some have my own sayings, some are taken from the inspiring words of others or friends. Here are a few examples of them:

Once I drop the judgement, I’m on my way.
Let’s start feeling all emotion as holy.
Hope – having one positive expectation (hey, I can do that!)
Utter well being is lurking out there.
Everything at its core, is letting you love you.
In this moment, I allow things to be as they are.

3. Humour

My sense of humour never fails me, even in moments where I can’t find anything funny in the situation, which is pretty rare, well then I have a stock of Seinfeld and Daily Show episodes that I can always watch. I crack myself up with my own laughter, my laugh is full and hearty and genuine and so easily accessed. My husband loves to watch certain shows but will wait till I can watch them with him, because he says my laughter makes it that much more enjoyable. Laughter is one of my best medicines.

4. Pet your cat

I once heard Abraham say: when all else fails, pet your cat. It’s just one consonant over from pet to get, so somehow I misheard. It seems when all else fails, I actually ‘get’ a cat. I’ve got my limits though, and right now 5 is the limit. My brand new kitty, Muffin, is instant pleasure, he is pure connection – live, play like there’s no tomorrow and sleep.

5. Acceptance

High vibing is usually accessed best when you are not far from it. If you are pretty darn low in how you are feeling, it’s possible to quantam leap your way up to high vibing. It won’t be maintained though unless high vibing is where you typically hang out. Times when I’m feeling bad and it feels like a circle of feeling bad that I can’t get out of – those are the times when acceptance works best for me. The more I fight how I feel, the more I judge that I could even feel this low, the more I feel bad. When I understand that this too shall pass, when I love myself anyway, when I understand that oh, here’s this place I sometimes visit, no big deal, it’s a little blip – then I pass through it so much easier. Understanding that I have that choice to experience something kicking and screaming all the way or finding my way back to peace, which is ulitmately finding my way back to Love, that’s where’s it’s at for me.

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