Pt 3 – Unleashing The Power Of Praise

 

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Please notice that something new has been added.  I have included a short audio excerpt of my written post in order to offer optional ways that you might experience my reflections. As you might imagine, I’m very interested in knowing if this audio option is in service to you. Any comments you offer would be appreciated.

As we know the beginning of each new year finds the energy of the collective consciousness palpable with goalsetting. What is on your list that you’d like to manifest in 2015? Loving relationships, increased finances, improved health, or a more fulfilling career? Of course, the list can go on ad infinitum, depending on your individual desire, experience and or circumstance.

Even if you are in the camp, as I am, of those who don’t make beginning of the year goals, I believe it is safe to say, everyone, consciously or not, is seeking more peace, comfort and connection with their inner divine spiritual essence. No one is spared challenges or confusion in this life. But what if the practice of gratitude which is the parent of praise and appreciation, is a gateway through your thoughts and emotions that lifts you above your personal stories of pain and discomfort?

The ancient mystics inform us that on an energetic level, cultivating gratitude as a way of life brings us into alignment with what we want and through the Law Of attraction, what we have been asking for … manifests.

Gratitude
Gratitude

I consider Keb’ Mo’, three-time American Grammy Award-winning blues musician, a modern day mystic. In the January 2015 Science of Mind Magazine an article title “Attracting Quality Stuff through Spiritual Practice,” Mo’ writes, “I brainwash myself. Every day, I retrain my brain by reading and studying spiritual thoughts. More than my bank account, I protect my state of mind; [and] my state of gratitude… [because] that’s where good comes from.”

It sounds like Mo’ has discovered that we each have a ‘happiness set-point,’ the genetic and learned tendency to remain at a certain level of happiness. Fortunately, Mo’ understands we are not just our genes and our environment, therefore, happiness can be a choice. We can change our happiness set-points through our intention to be happy by using our spiritual practices.

Earl Nightingale, author and speaker, advocates, “learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future.” I believe Nightingale’s observation also applies to changing our happiness set-points. Have you noticed how happy people refuse to be victims. They have learned that blame doesn’t allow them to move forward. They have derived from experience that once you plant the seed in your brain to be more content and happy, you shift the way you see the world; when something happens that appears to be bad or negative you realize you can not only learn from it, but you can use it to remember who you are as a divine child of God, and then look for new opportunities.

Establishing your consciousness at the higher levels of hope, optimism, and positivity, empowers you to manifest the desires of your heart with more ease and grace. As you move upward on your consciousness journey, I recommend taking notice of your process. Watch how the more you express the qualities of gratitude, praise and appreciation, the more your experience of happiness and fulfillment increases. What seems to be “magic” is added to your adventure. Some call it being in the flow. Athletes tend to call it being in the zone.

I am so appreciative of the opportunity you give me to be in service to you through my posts. The joy that I derive from sharing my thoughts, ideas and insights is immense, and  know that your comments, feedback and stories inspire and expand my consciousness and perhaps even extend my life. Please remember as Melody Beattle writes, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity.”

new-year-imageAs you enter into the New Year of 2015, remember the power is within you to reset your happiness set-point in order to experience a life of more fulfillment.  At the same time know that wherever you are on your consciousness spectrum, you are not alone, God is with you.

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Candy Preston
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How Are You Playing In The Game Of Your Life?

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Life has often been compared to a game. We are never told the rules, unfortunately, nor given any instructions about how to play. We simply begin at “go” and make our way around the board, hoping we play it right. We don’t exactly know the objective of playing, nor what it means to actually win.”            –Chérie Carter-Scott, Ph.D

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If you would indulge me a bit, I would like to defer writing the post on the topic, Unleashing the Power of Praise, Pt 3, as promised. Tamara, my daughter-in-law has given me permission to post one of Vernel’s  poems from his book, “Cry of The Soul.”  Vernel, my son, was a sensitive, creative, self taught artist, poet, musician, and now author. He wrote this poem several years ago. However, in light of the recent tragic death of Charles Brown and the entire Ferguson tragedy and destructive event, this poem is very timely and perhaps even more appropriate today. While in no way do I believe Vernel is  condoning the killing of any American citizen by police officers, and especially in the alarming numbers that African American youths are being killed.  But could “physician heal thyself” be the a cry of his soul, where we as a people must take responsibility for the change we want and for our part in creating it’s need?

While he wrote it as a poem, for the sake of space,

God's Love
God’s Love

I am sharing it in prose style, . Read up and let me know what you think.

In an excerpt from his memoir, Vernel writes, “Let us not forget The Almighty from whose hand we have survived – that is the ultimate place from which we came –from the God of love.”                           

“The Place From Whence We Came.”

“I’ve passed through cities ghetto’s, And saw ragged little fellows With pee-streaked legs and grey matted hair. Of history or destiny they seemed unaware. Unaware from whence the place they came. Through fields of slavery / to present shame.

Shame of / Junkyard playgrounds / broken glass and discarded condoms.

Shame of / Dirty needle syringe toys in stairways and hallways. Shame of / no food for my baby / no shoes for his feet. But no shame of wine and liquor and dope I smoke. But no shame of sex in alleys and doorways.

“And I was just thinking of you, Black America! I thought I’d drop a line to say…. “Have we forgotten where we came from Or does it matter now today?”

“I stopped to help the old black women, She was leaning on a cane. She told me that the Lord was comin’ And said she felt no pain. Then in her eyes I saw the truth / The struggle carries on! She would not stop the freedom march / Till God had called her home!

And I was just thinking of you, Black America! I thought I’d drop a line to say…. “Have we forgotten where we came from Or does it matter now today?”

“Didn’t we come from a land far and distant, Whose ancient rivers yet mightily flow. The Nile, the Niger, the Zambezi, the Congo,

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Whose mighty volcanoes yet spew forth the hot lava blood that flows through my veins As ten thousand drums thunder across the red sky. They are the voices of our ancestors reminding us of the Place from which we came. We came from a paradise far beyond these streets of death. We came through fields of slavery, Kept alive by God’s own breath!

“We came from Mahalia’s mighty contralto, singing “Lord, didn’t it rain, didn’t it rain! From James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift every Voice and Sing!” We came from “I have a Dream!” But did Kings dream die in vain?’ From Harriet and Sojouner From Rosa and Nat Turner. From strong black warriors raising up their children Not street hoes and hoochies But beautiful black women.

“We didn’t come from Angola and Sing Sing. We came from pure black gold /robbed / beaten / sold. Spears broken / women taken History forgotten / names forsaken.

O Hear the sound of the Lash/oouw/whaa! the moans and groans from furrowed backs and broken bones. O see old black men sweetly mellowed, With no more dreams for tomorrow. Soldiers of the Movement. Survivors of the Struggle. Who didn’t come from crack cocaine, But now left behind like throw away rubble.

“And I was just thinking of you, Black America! Thought I’d drop a line to say, Have we forgotten where we came from, Or does it matter now today?

“We came from Langston / not gangston. From strong black warriors raising up our children. We didn’t come from street ho’s and hoochies, But from beautiful black women Standing tall together.

“And I was just thinking of you, Black America! Thought I’d drop a line to say, Have we forgotten where we came from, Or does it matter now today?” –Vernel Preston

The Game O Life
The Game Of Life

From Vernel’s perspective it sounds like we have some deep inner healing work to do in order to claim and regain our power. I’d love to read your perspective on this discourse? How are you playing the game of your life?

Focusing on how much Vernel demonstrated his love for God, his fierce love for his family and passionate desire to be in service to humanity, especially the down trodden has been useful in supporting me through this challenging time. Additionally, during the last six months of Vernel’s life, he accomplished two important projects. He finished writing his memoir that he had been working on for several years. He also was able to move his wife, Tamara, closer to their family and medical care givers. Following these significant accomplishments, he said on a couple of occasions “Mom, I am so happy!” Personally, I am proud of the courage, persistence, and determination he displayed as he dealt with not only his complications, but also as care giver to Tamara with her diabetic complications. He played and stayed in the game of his life.

During the course of  writing the last two posts  on Unleashing The Power of Praise, my son, Vernel Preston made his transition into the next dimension of living. I am for the most part experiencing deep peace and I am grateful that he is no longer suffering from multiple diabetes complications,  as he had been for the past several years.  He is now free. Vernel’s memorial celebration was this past weekend. He stayed and played in the game of his life to the very end. Even on his last day in the hospital, he prayed for the doctors thanking them for their excellent care. He also prayed for the family encouraging us to love each other.

To be honest, I haven’t found it easy to always maintain and sustain an attitude of praise and thanksgiving during  these suckiest moments. However, what I do know and am comforted by is the will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

Life is a game
Life is a Game

As Robin Roberts, Author and News Broadcaster, has titled her book, “Everybody’s Got Something.”

I’d love to hear how you are playing the game with your “something.”

As always, in this posts there are, videos, affirmations, and meditations to support you on your journey to empowerment. (Click on your expand button to access the menu)

Please notice the comment box below has been restored. This blog site is intended as a forum for going beyond right and wrong, from black-and-white into various shades and tones of color. It is offered as an energetic field of safety, love, compassion, acceptance and understanding. Your inspiring comments are genuinely welcomed, whether it’s by email, verbally or in the comment section below. However, when you reply in the comment section below it creates a conversation thread which is useful in guiding my awareness on how well my posts are in service yo you.

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