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Seeing New Potentials and Possibilities
So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose. –Isaiah 55:11
“If you were shown a sheet of paper with a small dot in the center of it and were asked what do you see? Where do you think you would tend to place your attention, on the small dot or on the blank space surrounding the dot? Aha! You know that is a trick question because for most of us, our eye would automatically be drawn to the dot. However, it is a useful tool to illustrate how easy it is to focus on a small thing or circumstance represented by the dot, rather than bigger picture represented by the blank space where you could use your creative imagination to envision possibilities?
The axiom, “what we think about, comes about” is a succinct way of saying that thinking with feeling about something is inviting the essence of that something into our experience. Therefore, when you notice that what repeatedly shows up in your life isn’t what you want, the good news is, from this awareness you can make a deliberate choice to shift to thoughts, words and feelings that are more in alignment with what you do want.
An Important Key to Abundant Life
In order to expand the abundance that the universe has in store for you is based upon an attitude of gratitude, according to Esther and Jerry Hicks, authors of their signature book, Ask and It Is Given.
They write, “Every time you appreciate something, every time you praise something, every time you feel good about something…you are telling the universe more of this please.” When we choose this way of being, amplified feelings of love, compassion, joy, gratitude and appreciation vibrationally and energetically expand, and our experience of life and relationships change for the better.
The power of praise is more potent than one might think from casual observation. The act of praise is the favorable recognition of value and worth expressed in words. One of the scriptures that speaks to this idea is Proverbs 18:21, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit…” In other words, the tongue (spoken words) according to how the words are used, are a vibrational agreement with the universe that sets in motion either more positive, uplifting, and fulfilling experiences of what you want (life), or sets in motion experiences that do not serve your higher good (death).
The Body’s Guidance System
Research shows that the body is an amazing biofeedback machine, and when you live in the state of praise especially when it’s spoken with feeling, your body actually hears and thrives on this vibration. Debra Poneman, author and founder of Happy for No Reason Program, shares what could be called a Near Death Experience, when she experienced seeing the encouraging comments made by some of her caregivers about her recovery, as “sparkling pink energy that strengthen her body.” On the other hand, she saw the discouraging words by other caregivers about the low possibility of her recovery, as “murky gray energy that weakened her condition.”
Remember the story that Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, intellectual, neuroanatomist’s tells about having a stroke and while in the hospital unable to verbally communicate, her physical strength was impacted positively by caregivers who spoke words of hope and recovery and negatively by words spoken by other caregivers of possibly losing her. That experience informed Dr. Taylor on the importance of being responsible for the energy that we bring into the presence of others.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew at a young age the importance of developing practices of consciously and habitually thinking thoughts of a positive nature and speaking uplifting words of praise. Alas, in my younger years I tended to be critical and quick to blame. I usually pointed out what in my opinion was wrong or at fault. This habit was so deeply ingrained in me that it was an unconscious reaction based on the belief that how I saw things was the ‘right way.’ This black or white, right or wrong attitude was the predominate way in which I related to life and especially my family. It seemed no matter what they or others did, I could find something wrong with it and without hesitancy, point it out.
The Dance Of Right and Wrong
In the field of psychology imagining or projecting the belief that others originate the feelings and emotions which prompts within us the need for criticism or blame is called projection.
Even if I had understood the psychological term at the time, as you might imagine, the last thing I would want to see or acknowledge was that it was my own low self-esteem and self image that I was attributing to others. However, what I gradually began to realize and acknowledge to myself, was even though I felt my opinions were right and offered with the best of intentions, my insights weren’t helping me to win friends or influence people. Rather, my attitude was off-putting in my family and other relationships and created distance where I actually wanted closeness, especially between my husband and myself. The crossroad of whether I wanted to be right or be happy stared me in the face!
The Cosmic 2 X 4
As is often said, when the student is ready the teacher appears. Apparently I was ready. One day during the ’70s, as I was reading the New Testament scripture, 1st Corinthians, chapter 12 for perhaps the hundreth time, it spoke to me in a very different and powerful way. In this chapter Paul is emphasizing the variety of gifts of Spirit and how they are distinct in expression. He makes the point that just as each member of the physical body from the foot to the eye or ear is important to the functioning of the whole body, so is each member of the body of Christ with their various gifts and expressions.
Of course, I understood that through Paul’s repeated emphasis, he was highlighting the idea of unity through diversity, and therefore all are to be valued and honored. However when I read verse 18 on this particular occasion, it was different. After reading, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him,” what was not written and what I inwardly heard was, ‘AND NOT AS IT HAS PLEASED YOU!’ Wow! Talk about the cosmic 2 x 4, that got my attention, It felt like a slap in the face.
This was one of those moments that served as a wake up call for me. The message I got was, stop insisting that others do things the way you see it, you are not their creator, “I AM,” and I created each one with their own gift and unique way of expressing it. What a transformative life lesson that was for me at that time, and one from which I continue to learn.
As you might be able to see, our attitude serves as a lens through which we see life, and it’s best when that lens is focused on the positive possibilities. When you get in the habit of consciously choosing to have a positive, empowering attitude, you become gloriously free to create the deep desires of your heart, which Jesus refers to as ‘abundant life.’
To be continued….
Our next post will cover principles and steps that you can take and apply to unleash within you the powerful attitude of praise and gratitude. Your shift in consciousness will expand the lens through which you view the world, support your wellbeing, and as a magnet you now begin attracting more of the deep desires of your heart.
Words have energy, and more importantly, words are the mold through which the vibration of your consciousness pours and creates? If you want to get a head start on the next post, become a self-prescribed attitude laboratory technician, and notice when you express something that you wouldn’t want to manifest, and change it to something positive and uplifting.
Journaling on your experience will heighten your awareness of whether your thinking and conversation patterns serve you in manifesting what you say you want.
Meanwhile, I would love to read your comments on your conscious or unconscious use of words, or a pattern in your life from which you learned a transformative lesson.
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