Here in the Cleveland, OH area, WMWV the Wave broadcasts smooth jazz. When I want smooth jazz, I need to tune my radio to their frequency of 107.3FM. If I change stations (change frequencies), I'll get a different result, a different output. And if I change back to 107.3, once again I'll get smooth jazz.
Funny thing about radio - it's always broadcasting. The frequency is never NOT there. It's only when you tune in that you can get the result - smooth jazz.
And this, my friends, is a simple description of how the Law of Attraction works. You can tell what station you are tuned into by your feelings, which generate the world around you. You see around you the results of your past thoughts, words and actions.
If you don't like what you see around you, change the station! Don't complain that you don't like country music - change the dial (your thoughts) to what you DO want to listen to. The resulting music is the emotion you feel. Happy? Tuned into the right station. Angry? Not so much.
"It can't possibly be that simple." Oh yeah? You'd be wrong. It IS that simple. I am living proof, and so are the millions of people who live deliberately, consciously creating the world around them. Tune in!
"He had words with his neighbor." Bad.
"Word of honor!" Good.
"May I have a word with you?" Either.
Words are the tools of my trade as a Virtual Assistant - whether marketing, client communications, blogs, or any other communication. Words are utterances, collections of sounds or the symbols representing those sounds. They have no meaning except what we assign to them. But they do have power!
Look at the word "Inspire." The origin of the word is in-spire, to breathe. If you are inspired, you are breathing in the energy and power around you (in my belief system, that is God). What would happen if you deliberately breathed in specific words?
Many of us are familiar with Dr. Emoto's earth-changing work with the science of words affecting water. And those of us in holistic fields understand that, being largely water ourselves, the same power affects our beings.
A long-time spiritual coach of mine often has me do breathing "exercises." When dealing with a specific emotional, spiritual or physical issue, I will breathe out what no longer serves, and breathe in the replacement. Breathe OUT obstacles, breathe IN flow. Breathe OUT lack, breathe IN plenty. I can tell you that after years of this exercise, the words have great impact. Of course the breathing affects you on its own, but I have seen great transformations in my energy by consciously choosing to let go of something and replace it with something better.
Be inspired and try it!
I was recently reminded of a conversation I had several years ago with a deeply religious person. I don't recall what led to the conversation with my friend, but I do vividly remember the comment that was made to me: "Well you can't just pick and choose what you believe! It's not a smorgasbord!" I was so surprised that I did not respond.
You should know that, while I respect those who are immersed in a religion, I follow no established religion myself. I believe that all paths to enlightenment and love are valid, as we each create our own world. The God that I understand gave us free will!
Are we to believe something because "everyone else does," or (as I once heard in a church) "But that's what we believe!"? That's not my choice. God gave me an intelligent brain, a loving soul, and the wisdom to decide what my life is about, and I know what is "truth" for me. I DO believe that it's a smorgasbord, and I plan to savor the deliciousness of every thought, idea, and concept that comes to me, as I create my abundantly rich and tasty life!
I recently was doing some journaling about my personal growth and spirituality. In spite of my confidence, occasionally, being human, I wonder if I am doing enough to further my career and my spirituality, that perhaps I could miss a step along the path. These are the words I was given:
Enough for what? Enough to be happy, enough to remain happy, enough to manifest, enough to please yourself, enough to please others, enough to please God, enough?? Enough for what? Enough is a judgment word. There is always enough, of everything, and especially of YOU. Dear one, you are enough. You do enough, you say and feel enough. You just ARE, perfect as you are. Relax. That is the key you are missing - relax. KNOWing is relaxing, and relaxing is faith and knowing. You need not do anything else.
I felt this is such a strong message for many of us on a spiritual path. Every day we are confronted with new teachers, new wisdom, emails and marketing messages from those who feel that they have the answers we all need. I have explored many of these teachers to feel out what seems a good fit for me and what does not. In the process I discover many that are on a path I don't choose to walk, many are walking a segment of the path I have already travelled, and many are further along and willing to give me a hand over the hilly patches.
I believe that because we are each on our own path, nobody else can dictate where you should be, what you "must" do or change, what you "should" attend to or not. Walk your own path, stop and smell the flowers that look appealing to you, avoid the bits that do not, and know that this is enough. To just be yourself, with human goals and aspirations, with spritual dreams and visions. Relax in that knowing. Relax on that path, and relax in love. That's enough.
I'm showing my age - remember Madge, the "Palmolive lady" of the '60s and '70s? "You're soaking in it." I was recently reminded of Madge when I was given some wonderful words by a spiritual connection: Savor in the juices of life. Savor the rich flavors of what goes on around you. Swim in the abundant life force around you. Soak in it! What happens when something is soaked in a liquid? It is infused, it is imparted, it is filled with the essence of the liquid. Fill yourself, soak today!
What wonderful words of wisdom! Think of a dry new sponge, and what happens to it when dropped in a bucket of water. The sponge springs to life - flexible, springy, juicy life! And when you pull it out of the bucket, the excess just drips right out and back into the source of its life.
So, what are you soaking in today? Are you focused on lack, on busy-ness, on hurried tasks, on shoulda-woulda-can't-gotta? Or are you soaking in relaxed creation, allowing, love, fun, easy-ness? And are you soaking up so much of that deliciousness that you can't hold it all, and the extra drips out into the Universe to be shared? I confess, I woke up this morning on the down side of that thought. But now that I've chosen the up side, I feel excited, hopeful, expectant, delighted and eager!
Life - you're soaking in it!
Expectation - what a word of possibilities! Do you expect miracles or disasters? When I was young, I used to expect everything to go wrong because it usually did. I didn't understand back then what creative powers I had and so I let family and circumstances control my life. When I expected trouble, I got more of it!
Then I started to become en-light-ened, aware, awake spiritually and discovered what happens to my life when I am an active participant! Every day brings another lovely surprise. A couple of days ago I found myself short of funds for something I needed, and received a gift card from someone "out of the blue." I asked for a shift in my work, and a new wonderful coach with the same mindset "found" me. I discovered my focus on what kind of clients I want, and POOF there were people asking for my help. I asked for a cozy little house with space and quiet, and ended up in a semi-rural community in a tiny little house surrounded by fields.
I expect great things to happen and to come to me. Guess what? Great things happen and come to me! So, here I sit, as Abraham says, content where I am and eager for more. This feeling of eager expectancy is such a joyful state! And what a great place to create from. What are you creating today?
I have had a shift in energy that proves what Law of Attraction teaches us: focus on joy (emphasis on FOCUS), and let the details take care of themselves. Thanks to my fabulous business coach Veronica Drake (www.beinguniquelyyou.com), I recently had a strong shift - I really fine-tuned the kind of work that serves others and gives me joy. I realized that communication is my "thing", and most especially helping clients communicate their joy and light with their own clients. Details? Don't care. They take care of themselves. Lightseeds Office, Holly Matson = communications experts!
What happened next? A work-related relationship that no longer fit for either of us dropped away. And within ONE DAY, into the void stepped FOUR, yes FOUR new contacts wanting some variety of communication assistance - out of the blue! Did you hear me? In ONE DAY!! I did not focus on "this kind of client" or "this many hours" or "this form of communication." I did not focus on "how am I going to replace that income?"
I focused on the area that gives me the most joy, and *POOF*! It's as if the Universe posted a huge spiritual arrow over my head and said "HERE! She's the one who can help you!"
I am now in the midst of creating even more luscious, delicious, joy-filled abundance for myself and my clients, and lovin' the creation!
I recently saw a Facebook post that amused me:
We are a small & casual restaurant in downtown Vancouver and we are looking for solo musicians to play in our restaurant to promote their work and sell their CD. This is not a paying job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get positive response. More Jazz, Rock, & smooth type music, around the world and mixed cultural music. Are you interested to promote your work? Please reply back ASAP.
A Musician's Reply:
Happy new year! I am a musician with a big house looking for a restauranteur to come to my house to promote his/her restaurant by making dinner for me and my friends. This is not a paying job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get a positive response. More fine dining & exotic meals and mixed Ethnic Fusion cuisine. Are you interested to promote your restaurant? Please reply back ASAP.
This got me thinking about the concept's applicability to any walk of life and what it means to value the gifts we're given.
In my work as a freelance Virtual Assistant, I have occasionally been asked to provide services for either free or drastically less than my normal fee. I know speakers who have been approached with "offers" similar to the one above. I know intuitives who have been "mooched upon" by people asking questions with no intent to repay. Much like the old adage about the doctor at a party who is bombarded by "Hey, Doc, I got this pain....", there are people who do not understand the concept of fair trade, fair value.
We all have skills and talents that are of value, but it is our own valuation of them that sets the "exchange rate." If I know that I have worked hard for what I have, that I am proud of my skills and of my willingness to share them, I set a higher value on what I offer than perhaps someone who doesn't understand their own gifts.
I found it tricky at first to detect the fine line in marketing between offering special deals for marketing purposes and giving away what has value. I love bartering services but like the musician in the example, I expect to receive equal energy to what I give! It was not until I truly valued myself and my talents that things changed. And so that is my advice to you - understand and value your own gifts, honor those of others, and delight in the exchange!
Just three days ago I had to put my best companion for 15 years to sleep - my cat Millie. I have not had to deal with grief for a very long time and it was a shock to me how deeply I have felt her loss. Previous losses of pets and family members occurred before I was spiritually aware, and I'm rather surprised by how the loss of my soul-kitty has affected me.Whether or not you belief in reincarnation, I do, very strongly, and Millie and I recognized each other on sight 15 years ago when I found her at a no-kill shelter. In the car, she immediately sprawled on my left shoulder, and over the years that was her favorite resting spot - I found out that this had been her favorite spot in other lives together as well. I could always tell what she was feeling, and she reacted to my emotions as well. Had I thought about it, I would have trained her as a therapy cat, as she was the friendliest I've ever had and greeted everyone who came to visit as a friend. She had a very maternal energy, very nurturing. Ours was a much more energetic/spiritual connection than I've ever experienced with an animal.
So, euthanizing her was a horribly difficult decision, yet at the same time it was not - I knew her body was failing rapidly. My first two days without Millie were intensely painful - the loss of her physical body in my life was the greatest pain. With another day of distance, I'm finding the emotion is changing. I still intensely feel the loss, the absence, the hole she leaves in the household, but I am also more aware of what holes in my spirit this fur-baby filled, and what I gave her. I am more aware of some of my gifts through this process: courage, compassion, tenderness, a willingness to let go, the ability to encourage independence, and more.
I am grateful for the many friends and acquaintances that offered their condolences, understanding that the power of animal companionship is no less than the power of human companionship. I am even grateful for the inevitable but annoying "she's in a better place" and "she's still with you" from well-meaning friends. As I continue the grieving process, I know that my emotions will ease, new fur-kids will come into my life, and I'll see Millie again some day in another form. I will always be grateful for what her spirit gave me, and that the lessons I learned from her I will share with others. And for all the others grieving the loss of a fur- or feather-companion, know that the lessons learned and energy shared will never die.
I learn so much about myself by observing others. I recently had a lesson on how far I've traveled on my journey to the true ME. [Wow, that's deep!] The lesson was found mainly in a recent experience with someone who, although she doesn't see it at all, is very fear-based. I won't go into the specifics of the situation, but I was faced with a realization that I used to react very differently to fear-based energy. Fabulous!
When surrounded by ego and fear, in the past I went into victim mode. I handed over all my personal power, decided that the other person must be an authority and therefore had authority over ME, and built quite a resentment. Being very empathic, I shared in the person's fear, and of course all that did was compound it. Then of course, I'd take it all home with me, nurture it and focus on it and fret over it, until I had a strong, effective MAD on!
What a difference this time! Something was said that was insulting to me, and rather than reacting in anger or fear, I gently confronted the statement by pointing out that the words indicated a misunderstanding that I'd like to clear up. In other words, I stood up for myself by loving myself first, and loving this person next. I did not water the seed of resentment, I let it go! Because I have set boundaries for myself that define what energy I choose to be around (loving, generous, kind, fun, productive, helpful, generous, etc.), I realized that I could choose to no longer be around this person's energy. I re-defined the terms under which I would do so, and then let that go as well!
I don't know what my change of acceptance did to the energy of this other person. I do not know how she chose to react to my firm but positive energy, but I don't need to know. I hope that, in spite of her fear-based thoughts, she was able to see that I reacted in love and not defense, but that too is not my concern.
For me, the main lesson was that because I know so well now what I'm all about, what kind of people I choose to be around, and what my values are, my freedom to choose became very clear. Letting go of what and who no longer serves is not selfish - just the opposite. The letting go allows me to give more to others without being held back by negativity. What a great idea! More of that, please and thank you!