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I had a mini melt down yesterday.  It was not one of my best days.  I went to bed early just to get relief from it all.  And in the middle of the night I awakened with a brilliant idea: why not hypnotize myself, plant suggestions in my mind for the morning?

The thing is, I am always under my own spell, my own self hypnosis of whatever talk is running in the background of my mind.  I’m having a melt down is self hypnosis, too, and all the attendant thoughts that run with that statement.  The good news and the bad news, depending on where you sit, is that it’s all self fulfilling.

Let’s talk about the good news.  I awoke in the middle of the night and remembered if I could run negative self hypnosis in my head, I could plant seeds of thought that would benefit me.  I recalled how night time is the perfect time to plant a seed in my mind, because sleep is a less resistant, more fertile ground to plant in.

So in that hazy half awake state, I began to reach for statements and as I said them silently I also slipped into the feeling state of each statement.   Such as: In the morning I will wake up and feel every cell of my body alive and vibrating in wholeness.  I will open my eyes and greet the day with a wide open eagerness.  I will move about my day and I will find God in every nook and cranny of life.

And honestly I don’t remember, word for word, what I said but what came out of me was as if I was channeling Source energy, every sentence seemed to glimmer and glow.  As the words tumbled out so did the feeling state of each one of them.  I went back to sleep knowing I would awaken in a completely different state than what I was in when I went to bed last night.  And I did.

The larger point I am making here is that it’s all self hypnosis, everything we tell ourselves day in, day out, the stuff that works in our favor and that which doesn’t.  We have only to listen to our background self-talk to know if we are under a spell we find desirable or not.

Me — I want to be under the spell of surprise and delight.  I want to be bowled over by how much is wonderful in this world.  I want to be crazy with amazement, giddy with wonder.  I want my laughter to fill a universe.  And then I want to sleep and create more spells I can be captivated by.  I want to use my creative energy to cast spells of goodness that befall me randomly and leave me … weak in the knees, humble, prayerful, thankful.

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Dogs & Lightbulbs

This is really too funny not to share!  That’s our dog Issie in the above image.  If you recognize the breed you’ll know more than you perhaps ever wanted to know about the situation in our home!  Further down, you’ll see Bob, our cat and what he has to say about all of this.

*How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb? Depends on the dog’s point of view….

GOLDEN RETRIEVER: The sun is shining, the day is young, we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us, and you’re inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?

BORDER COLLIE: Just one. And then I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code.

DACHSHUND: You know I can’t reach that stupid bulb!

ROTTWEILER: Make me.

LAB: Oh, me, me!!!! Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I?

MALAMUTE: Let the Border Collie do it. You can feed me while he’s busy.

JACK RUSSELL TERRIER: I’ll just pop it in while I’m bouncing off the walls and furniture.

POODLE: I’ll blow in the Border Collie’s ear and he’ll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

COCKER SPANIEL: Why change it? I can pee on the carpet in the dark.

DOBERMAN PINSCHER: While it’s dark, I’m going to sleep on the sofa.

BOXER: Who cares? I can play with my squeaky toys in the dark.

MASTIFF: Mastiffs are NOT afraid of the dark.

CHIHUAHUA: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

IRISH WOLFHOUND: Can somebody else do it? I’ve got this hangover and……….

POINTER: I see it, there it is, there it is, right there!

GREYHOUND: It isn’t moving. Who cares?

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD: First, I’ll put all the light bulbs in a little circle….

OLD ENGLISH SHEEP DOG: Light bulb? That thing I just ate was a light bulb?

HOUND DOG: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

And the CAT: Dogs do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs and I am not one of them. So, the question is, how long will it be before I get some light, dinner and a massage around here?

*author unknown

 

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Only this moment

now

How shall I fill it?

with all my history

the pain, the triumph

or

shall I meet this moment

open, emptied

Only this moment

now

Who shall I be?

 

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There was an Abraham workshop held in Colorado a few weeks ago.  For those of you who don’t already know, Abraham is channeled by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks is her husband and side kick.  They frequently drive to workshops all over the country in what they affectionately have dubbed their “monster bus”.  The following was noted by a Denver workshop participant, Kathy G. :

Jerry and Esther came over the mountains on Hwy 70.  They stopped at every viewpoint.  Esther had tears from the incredible beauty and said, [powerfully, from her soul, brought us to tears in the audience], “Thank you for my life.”  Reading this, for a moment, I was right there knowing what it’s like to feel that from the depth of my being.

Out here in the Puget Sound area, they sometimes use the phrase “the mountain is out”.  The mountain they refer to is Mount Rainier.  Due to clouds surrounding her, she’s not always out.  Even when she is “out”, I’m not always in a position to see her, hence it’s never a predictable moment when I do see her.  I might round a bend and suddenly there she is, this huge volcanic snow covered mountain eclipsing everything surrounding it.  It’s take-your-breath-away gorgeous and something I’ve never grown to take for granted.  I’ve often joked that there aren’t more people losing control of their vehicles as we gape in awe or throw our hands up and off the steering wheel, in pure astonishment.

These are the extraordinary moments where it’s easy to feel: thank you for my life.  I am also a connoisseur of the ordinary, the so-called unexceptional, and the common place.  The window to my right is open as I write here today.  I can hear the quiet song of birds, the pitter patter of rain drops falling on crisp, dried leaves.  Next to me, I feel the warmth of my dog Issie, pressing her little 20 pound body as close to me as she can.  I watch the steady rise and fall of her abdomen.  She breathes peacefully, I breathe, too.  I can breathe a conscious breath right now.  I send that breath to the very grounded center of my being.

I’m typing on a computer keyboard and soon will press a button, “magically” I will communicate with people all over the world.  I live in a generation that’s invented a completely new way of being in relationship with each other.

I inhabit this day.  I take a moment to really reflect on those words: I. Inhabit. This. Day.  And now, how I inhabit it, is entirely up to me.  I feel the verb-ness and the is-ness of what it means to inhabit this day, this life, this body, this perspective.  What a gift, what freedom that is!  I can spend my moments getting to know more deeply every nuance of anything I choose today.

As I approach the completion of this writing, clouds part momentarily as the sun peeks out.  We are having, as they say in the Pacific Northwest, a sun break.  The whole of nature favors me with a radiant, shining wink.  Yes.  Yes, indeed.  Thank you for my life!

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Like A Leaf

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I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was
autumn and the other leaves were falling.  The leaf told me,
“No.  During the whole spring and summer I was completely
alive.  I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much
of me is in the tree.  I am not limited by this form.  I am also
the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue
to nourish the tree.  So I don’t worry at all.  As I leave this
branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell
her, ‘I will see you again very soon.'”

That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw
the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing
joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the
tree.  It was so happy.  I bowed my head, knowing that I have
a lot to learn from the leaf.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

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I dwell in Possibility
A fairer House than Prose
More numerous of Windows
Superior — for Doors

Of Chambers as the Cedars
Impregnable of Eye
And for an Everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky

Of Visitors — the fairest
For Occupation — This
The spreading wide of narrow Hands
To gather Paradise

~Emily Dickinson~

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Beautiful!  I adore the line — “I dwell in possibility.”  That, is making its way onto another one of my homemade “well-being” cards.  I admit, I was caught in present day concerns yesterday when one of my cats suddenly took very ill.  Human, this, I am.  And yet, I am always willing to become more than my fears.  Emily Dickinson inspires me today and with gratitude, I write further:

Of all the things to dwell in,

why not — Possibility?

Beyond dwelling in “what is”,

past fears and trepidations,

distant from mundane worries,

clear of disquieting uncertainty,

lies the unbounded opportunity:

“to dwell in Possibility …

and gather Paradise.”

 

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I’ve heard of Emmet Fox but have not read much of his material.  Someone posted a link to The Golden Key, which Emmet Fox authored, on Facebook and I thought it was intriguing.  You know how often we are told to stop doing that thing we are doing but what exactly do we do in its place — or maybe better stated, what do I do?  I seem to have a very active mind that likes to express itself in one way or another.  I’m always all over anything that guides me in the direction of a positive, uplifting expression.

For those of you who are turned off by his liberal use of the word “God”, consider substituting another word.  I think “Love” is a good substitution but you can use anything you like.  I also like how he ends it in the last paragraph.  In more than one modality, I’ve heard the advice to stay out of “ways and means”.  It’s not our job, the efficiency skills of the Universe are far broader and more resourceful than our own.  And meddling in ways and means, from a quantum physics standpoint, is said to actually limit the field of probabilities.

There is a section below that I highlighted in bold.  I’m putting it on a home made “well being” card.  I think it makes a beautiful affirmation.  It can also be used to make an affirmation for another by substituting the words, I or me, for “you”.  Example: There is no power but God: You are the child of God, filled and surrounded by the perfect peace of God: God is love; God is guiding you now.  God is with you.

Here is The Golden Key, in its entirety, by Emmet Fox:

Scientific prayer will enable you to get yourself or anyone else, out of any difficulty. It is the golden key to harmony and happiness.

To those who have no acquaintance with the mightiest power in existence, this may appear to be a rash claim, but it needs only a fair trial to prove that, without a shadow of doubt, it is a just one. You need take no one’s word for it, and you should not. Simply try it for yourself.

God is omnipotent, and we are God’s image and likeness and have dominion over all things. This is the inspired teaching, and it is intended to be taken literally, at its face value. The ability to draw on this power is not the special prerogative of the mystic or the saint, as is so often supposed, or even of the highly trained practitioner. Everyone has this ability Whoever you are, wherever you may be, the golden key to harmony is in your hand now. This is because in scientific prayer it is God who works, and not you, and so your particular limitations or weaknesses are of no account in the process. You are only the channel through which the divine action takes place, and your treatment will be just the getting of yourself out of the way.

Beginners often get startling results the first time, for all that is essential is to have an open mind and sufficient faith to try the experiment. Apart from that, you may hold any views on religion, or none.

As for the actual method of working, like all fundamental things, it is simplicity itself. All you have to do is this: Stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God instead. This is the complete rule, and if only you will do this, the trouble, whatever it is, will disappear. It makes no difference what kind of trouble it is. It may be a big thing or a little thing: it may concern health, finance, a lawsuit, a quarrel, an accident, or anything else conceivable: but whatever it is, stop thinking about it and think of God instead — that is all you have to do.

It could not be simpler, could it? God could scarcely have made it simpler, and yet it never fails to work when given a fair trial.

Do not try to form a picture of God, which is impossible. Work by rehearsing anything or everything that you know about God. God is wisdom, truth, inconceivable love. God is present everywhere, has infinite power, knows everything, and so on. It matters not how well you may think you understand these things: go over them repeatedly.

But you must stop thinking of the trouble, whatever it is. The rule is, to think about God. If you are thinking about your difficulty, you are not thinking about God. To be continually glancing over your shoulder in order to see how matters are progressing is fatal, because it is thinking of the trouble, and you must think of God and nothing else. Your object is to drive the thought of the difficulty out of your consciousness, for a few moments at least, substituting for it the thought of God. This is the crux of the whole thing. If you can become so absorbed in this consideration of the spiritual world that you forget for a while about the difficulty, you will find that you are safely and comfortably out of your difficulty — that your demonstration is made.

In order to “golden key” a troublesome person or a difficult situation, think. “Now 1 am going to ‘golden key’ John, or Mary. or that threatened danger”: then proceed to drive all thought of John, or Mary, or the danger out of your mind, replacing it with the thought of God.

By working in this way about a person, you are not seeking to influence his conduct in any way, except that you prevent him from injuring or annoying you, and you do him nothing but good. Thereafter, he is certain to be in some degree a better, wiser, and more spiritual person, just because you have “golden keyed” him. A pending lawsuit or other difficulty would probably fade out harmlessly without coming to a crisis, justice being done to all parties concerned.

If you find that you can do this very quickly, you may repeat the operation several times a day with intervals between. Be sure, however, each time you have done it, that you drop all thought of the matter until the next time. This is important.

We have said that the golden key is simple, and so it is, but of course it is not always easy to turn. If you are very frightened or worried, at first it may be difficult to get your thoughts away from material things. But by constantly repeating a statement of absolute Truth, such as: There is no power but God: I am the child of God, filled and surrounded by the perfect peace of God: God is love; God is guiding me now; or, perhaps best and simplest of all. God is with me — however mechanical or trite it may seem — you will soon find that the treatment has begun to “take.” And that your mind is clearing. Do not struggle violently; be quiet, but insistent. Each time you find your attention wandering, switch it back to God.

Do not try to think in advance what the solution to your difficulty will be. This is called “outlining” and will only delay the demonstration. Leave the question of ways and means to God. You want to get out of your difficulty that is sufficient. You do your half, and God will never fail to do God’s.

“Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

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