We Are Not Alone

As we look with our physical eyes it appears that we are alone in the physical world. On the other hand, when we “look” with our feelings, with our heart, we “see” that we are not alone. I heard the following in a movie that I don’t recall the title to: “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” It’s true, there are mighty forces that will come to our aid and all we have to do is take the first step. It is also important to ask for the assistance of the spiritual realm, giving our permission for them to intervene on our behalf.

take-action2In a few words: Follow your inner guidance and take action – BE BOLD.

If you are feeling stuck I suggest that you take some action on anything. As we move, it initiates a series of events that would not have taken place if we had remained stationary. If you are not sure what to do about something, perform some research on the topic of interest. Researching a subject gets the “juices” flowing… ideas and insights begin coming into our consciousness.

questionAnother method is to ask questions and keep asking questions until the answers come. It can be the same question over and over again until you get the answer. Don’t give up, keep asking. As the ideas come take action on what feels appropriate. If it doesn’t work out modify and move in a slightly different direction or possibly in a completely different direction. We are on a journey and a journey does not normally go in a straight line. As a former pilot I can tell you, that even an airplane needs to make corrections, though it appears to be flying in a straight line. There is nothing wrong with taking action only to find out that we need to make a correction and move in a different direction.

compassMany times we don’t take action because we are not sure if we are making the right decision – taking the right action. We are fearful of making a mistake. My feeling is that if I am not making mistakes I’m not taking enough action. As we take action we receive guidance about necessary adjustments via insights, feelings, and other means, too numerous to mention. If we do not take a step in one direction or another we are drifting backwards, rather than progressing forward. We need to be moving forward with intent to make corrections on our course. We came here to experience life and expand; we cannot do that by standing still.

The following poem by W.H. Murray sums it up nicely:

Until one is committed,
there is hesitancy,
The chance to draw back,
always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts
of initiative (and creation)
there is one elementary truth,
the ignorance of which kills
countless ideas and splendid plans:
that the moment
one definitely commits oneself,
then Providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur
to help one that would never
otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events
issues from the decision,
raising in one’s favor all manner
of unforeseen incidents and meetings
and material assistance,
which no man could have dreamed
would have come his way.
I have learned a deep respect
For one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do,
or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius,
power and magic in it.

W.H. MURRAY
THE SCOTTISH HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION

successI can personally attest to the fact, that by being decisive and initiating the process (rather than waiting for everything to be perfect), doors open that are totally unexpected.

Nothing significant happens until we make a commitment (even a small one) and move in the appropriate direction. I encourage you to act and make adjustments as you go. Don’t wait until it’s all perfect. Precision will come with the process… with forward motion and corrections as you go. As you do so, mighty forces will come to your aid.

 

Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!

With love,

Randy

 

 

The Art of Being an Observer

Going through life as a detached observer enables us to distance ourselves from stress and potentially dramatic situations, thus providing an unbiased observation, opening the way to viable solutions when necessary.

observationThe art of detached observation takes time and patience to develop. If you are like I was when I first started the practice of being an observer, most of the time you will find that you have gotten caught up in the drama of a situation before you realize what is happening, finding yourself reacting out of habit in the same manner you had previously to similar situations.

As I said, it takes time and patience to develop the skill of detachment. This is how I’ve seen the process unfold for me:

First came my intention – I intended to change the way I reacted to stressful situations or drama (which, of course, is also stressful). I intended to practice being an observer when confronted with the stress of life.

stressAt first, what I found was, when faced with a stressful situation, I was doing the same habitual things, reacting in the same manner as I had previously. After an encounter, I realized that I had gotten caught up in the drama and overreacted – I reacted, rather than having become an observer. That did not deter my determination; I continued with my practice.

Eventually, after a lot of (sometimes frustrating) practice, I realized what was happening during an encounter. I realized what I was doing as it was happening rather than afterwards, but was still too late because I was in the middle of it. The exciting part was that I was making progress!

I continued to practice on real life situations, which could be with people or just stressful conditions. Of course, stressful situations are much easier because we don’t have the dynamics of human emotions to push us over the edge.

Eventually I encountered stressful situations and found myself consciously staying centered as a detached observer during the process, observing my emotions, my body, and feelings, acting in a calm manner rather than reacting! It was like I was watching the dynamics of my interaction with the other person on a movie screen … I was in the movie and watching it as well.

gratitudeI find it helpful to express my gratitude and appreciation for my accomplishment … and continue with the practice during real life situations. It is always such a pleasure to see this practice at work and the end result.

It is especially important to employ this exercise on minor events where it is somewhat easy to control our reactions. This is an ongoing process, requiring one to remain conscious and aware, for it is easy to fall back into old patterns. Like any major accomplishment, it requires determination, patience and practice, but the health benefits and enhanced relationships alone are well worth the effort.

 

Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!

With love,

Randy

 

 

Turn It Over to a Higher Power

There is a higher power available to assist us with our problems and aspirations, enabling issues to be resolved and desires manifested, in harmony with the greater good. Trust is a powerful ingredient in this process, assisting us to navigate the straits of life.

higher-power-handsThis practice has never failed me. When facing a challenge, you can say, “I turn this situation over to a higher power” or “I turn this situation over to universal intelligence.” Say whatever you want – whatever feels right for you. For example, you could say, “I turn this over to Spirit for my highest good and the highest good of all.” When I do this, in my mind’s eye I see myself placing the situation into two very large hands.

trustI have found that this method is much more effective when I feel trust. I have effectively used this for years without incorporating the feeling of trust, but with practice, have found that it is much more potent and easier when I feel the energy of trust. If you cannot bring forth the feeling of trust, it may help to think of someone you trust; notice the feeling of trusting them first. Then feel trust knowing that a higher power is orchestrating events perfectly for you. A higher power is dealing with your problem efficiently and effectively, behind the scenes so to speak. This allows you to forget about the situation (I know that’s easier said than done) and go about your life knowing that your challenge is being handled, or your request is being created. If doubt creeps in at some point, I remind myself that I have turned the situation over to a higher power and revisit the feeling of trust. I do this knowing that I have initiated the process and the situation is being taken care of, that I no longer need to be involved, except for following my inner guidance, taking the appropriate action, and trusting in the process.

puzzledLooking back, as I was going through challenges and turning them over to a higher power, it did not appear to be working while I was dealing with a problem, or while I was waiting for an aspiration to manifest. However, over a period of time the energy eventually shifted and as a result the situation has always been resolved to my benefit – it has always worked. It may have taken more time than I would have liked, but turning the situation over to universal intelligence and employing trust has never failed me. Trust along with patience, and allowing the universe to work its magic, is essential for success with this approach.

After turning the situation over to a higher power, insights will come in the form of actions you are guided to take. To maintain the flow of energy, it is important to follow this guidance, operating in harmony with the universe as it synchronizes events in your favor.

 

Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!

With love,

Randy

 

 

Emotions – A Choice

Some human emotions can be intoxicating and detrimental to our wellbeing. When we are overcome with anger, it may feel good, like being high on a drug, and it can be addictive. On the other hand, our emotions can also be supportive, liberating and life-enhancing. The affect depends on which ones we choose to immerse ourselves in. I use the word “choose” because, even though it may not feel like we have a choice when we are overcome with a negative emotion, we do; we have the ability to make a conscious decision to embrace a life-enhancing, positive emotion instead.

ArguingI first started working on effective methods to manage my emotions quite a few years back. I remember a time, about 16 years ago, when my teenage stepson blew up and started yelling while we were standing in the kitchen. I don’t even recollect what we were arguing about, but I do remember that I allowed myself to get caught up in the argument, enabling him to take me down that road, rather than taking a few moments to center myself before responding and guiding us down a different path. I remember thinking how good it felt to be angry, even though I was not enjoying arguing with my stepson. It was stimulating, intoxicating, and frustrating at the same time!

love-emotionThrough experience I have found that the more I practice managing my emotions the easier it becomes to shift from a negative sensation like fear, to the positive emotion of love. I find that, for me, the key is not reacting immediately. First I give myself a moment or two to regain balance, because if I do not hesitate before acting I can easily get caught up in the emotion, enabling the other person to influence my reaction; when I let that happen it is much more difficult return to center and a positive state of mind.

For instance, during the episode with my stepson mentioned above, I could have hesitated and taken a few breaths, centering myself, before responding to his rant. I might have changed my countenance from a frown to a smile, looking at him, feeling love and appreciation for a few moments before talking. I know that sounds effortless, but it’s not that easy to do during a heated interaction.

Many of us feel like we have to reply immediately after another person says something – we don’t. In many ways silence during a moment or two of hesitation speaks much louder than anything we could say.

Steps

  • Stop, Breathe & Center
  • Feel something positive about the other person or situation
  • Respond

 

Below are some emotions to ponder.

Emotions that lower our vibration:

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  • Fear – Feeling fearful – aversion
  • Anger – Hostility, ranging from mild irritation to intense fury and rage
  • Jealousy – The perception that a valued relationship is being threatened by a rival
  • Self-pity – Dwelling on one’s own sorrows or misfortunes
  • Envy – Resentment of a perceived advantage enjoyed by another person(. )
  • Frustration – A dissatisfaction from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs
  • Worry – Anxiousness over perceived present or future difficulties
  • Apprehension – Being anxious or fearful about the future, uneasy, feeling off-center

 

Emotions that raise our vibration:

smile

  • Love – A strong affection
  • Appreciation – Gratitude, thankful recognition, admiration
  • Joy – Feelings of great happiness
  • Hope – A feeling that something one desires is likely to happen
  • Confidence – Belief in oneself, someone else, a cause or course of action – being certain about someone or something
  • Gratitude – Being grateful, thankful, or appreciative about someone or something
  • Trust – Firm belief in reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something
  • Optimism – Expecting a favorable outcome

 

I find that it helps to practice on minor interactions with others. I’ve come a long way with managing my emotions, but as a human being I always need to be vigilant. I have noticed that by maintaining a high vibration (a positive state of mind) that I very rarely attract discordant interactions with others, and if they do occur the incident is minor.

 

Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!

With love,

Randy

 

 

Holding Peace and Love In Our Hearts

As we carry love and peace in our heart, we experience love and peace in our world. The more we maintain a loving, peaceful presence, the more loving, peaceful people and situations we encounter. When we embody these feelings, we emit a frequency that resonates with other people of a similar vibration. We can tell how we are doing by the nature of the people in our life and situations we find ourselves in: Are the people in our life mostly loving, caring people? Do we encounter harmonious situations most of the time?

Peace_Hands-150x150Holding peace in our heart sounds like an easy thing to do, but it can be challenging. Emotions like anger can be intoxicating. How often during the day do we find ourselves angry about a situation we are confronted with? How often do we experience frustration or unhappiness? These emotions create discordant energies within us, and detract from a peaceful existence.

The way we react to a given situation is by choice. It is not what we are confronted with in life that matters; it is how we react to it. When we allow another to “push our buttons”, we are acting in an unconscious manner, activating a program in our subconscious. We are human and this stuff happens. The key is to be conscious of what is happening as an objective observer, and change the way we respond. When we react to someone or a situation via a subconscious program, we allow the situation or person to take control. These programs can be changed. This can take some time, but the benefits far outweigh the effort.

Peace-Love-And-HappinessAfter deciding to change the way I respond to these situations, this is what I have found happens over a period of time:

  • I realize that I did it again – I responded before thinking.
  • I see what is happening, as I’m doing it.
  • I perceive what is occurring during the encounter and consciously make a decision to remain centered and come from a place of love and compassion, thereby changing my typical reaction.
  • With diligence, practice and remaining the conscious observer, responding in an appropriate manner, I realize what happened after the occurrence – I responded in a constructive manner!

Making these changes requires determination, time, effort and patience.

 

Contemplation & Meditation
Another method to change our programming is to set aside some personal quiet time daily. This time can be spent contemplating the day as an objective observer, replaying the events of the day that you would like to change; reliving them, experiencing a favorable outcome.

mindfulness

Another approach for this time – which does not necessarily change our programming, but does increase our vibration – would be to meditate, focusing on your breathing, a mantra or just watching your thoughts as an objective observer. Any form of meditation is beneficial, and there are many.

Yet another method would be to focus on the feeling of love, appreciation, gratitude or compassion for 5 minutes, gradually increasing to 15 or 20 minutes a day.

When we start our day with something of this nature, we set the tone for the day and we increase our vibration; our vibration determines the quality of the people and events in our life. Having some contemplative time in the evening can shift any discordant energy of the day and prepare us for peaceful sleep.

 

Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!

With love,

Randy

 

 

Making A Difference

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel
loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” ~ The 14th Dalai Lama (1935), Head Monk of the Gelugpa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism

I have written about this topic before, but because it has such a positive impact on us and the people in our environment, I’m delving into the subject again.

As we go through life, we tend to get caught up in our individual world, our problems – our life. When we expand our world to include others in a meaningful way, by making a positive difference in their life, we enhance our experience at the same time.

Make-a-DifferenceThink back on a time when someone made a difference in your life.

Here is one of mine: I was going to college, working part-time, and just barely getting by financially. Standing in line at a local supermarket, I observed a woman in the same line, thinking that she was not very attractive (I have I learned a lot over the years). As I was checking out, I discovered that I did not have enough money to pay; without hesitation, that same woman I had been judging offered to make up the difference. It wasn’t much, but what that person did made a lasting impression on me. She was a beautiful, caring soul who was willing to help a stranger in an embarrassing situation. That happened over forty years ago and I remember it as clearly as if it was yesterday.

Other examples are the countless times I have had people smile at me, which brightened my day. I’ve often wondered if it was because I was smiling, which I endeavor to do all the time, or were they smiling to be friendly, which prompted me to smile as well. It has probably been some of both. In either case, that simple gesture (a smile) made a difference in my day.

I urge you to make a difference in someone’s life today, and consider doing so every day.

Simple practices that make a significant difference in the lives of others…and ours simultaneously:

  • Smile.
  • Listen intently, without interrupting or thinking about what you are going to say next.
  • Appreciate something about the person you are interacting with: the color of their eyes, their voice, their smile, etcetera.
  • Send a card, on no special occasion.
  • Tell a friend or relative that you appreciate them.
  • Give someone a sincere compliment.
  • Lend a helping hand.
  • Let somebody in front of you in traffic.
  • Open a door for someone.
  • Tell a loved one how you feel about them.

 
You get the idea. This is nothing new. There are countless ways to enhance another’s life. The question is, are we doing it? It does not cost anything, but it does require some effort on our part. I have found that as I do this consistently, the returns far exceed the energy required to do the deed.

Just looking for ways to brighten another person’s day raises our vibration, and when we act on it, we assist the other person to raise their vibration as well – it is mutually beneficial.

Today is a perfect time to start! If you are already doing so, bravo!

By doing good deeds, we become a shining example for our friends, family, acquaintances, and the strangers we interact with. I would like to think that, many times, they pay it forward and do something thoughtful for someone else, because of my thoughtful gesture.

It’s akin to the positive aspects of viral marketing, whereby we like something that someone has given us so we pass it on to another.

“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the
more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.” ~ Nathaniel Branden, Canadian Psychotherapist and Writer

“That best portion of a good man’s life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts
of kindness and of love.” ~ William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Poet

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ~ Scott Adams (1957), Creator of Dilbert Comic Strip

 
Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!

With love,

Randy

 

 

Challenges Are Opportunities

Every challenge provides an opportunity for growth, and in some cases, a quantum leap. Many of us have a habit of looking at obstacles in life as bad things, and they can be when we look at them that way; on the other hand, when we look at life’s complications as opportunities for personal growth, our energy shifts, and so do the dynamics of the situation: our vibration increases, our energy rises, people enjoy our company more, and problems are solved in an easier and timelier manner. This practice makes a vast difference in our life and the lives of people we interact with. Who would you rather spend time with, a person who has a positive outlook on life, or someone who is always complaining about something? Of course, when we complain we create more of that which we are complaining about… we keep digging the hole deeper.

pic_opportunityOur outlook is the essential key. When we approach a problem with an open mind, focusing on the solution rather than the problem, the solution reveals itself. When we focus on the problem rather than the method to resolve the situation, it grows larger and becomes even more daunting. The whole energy around the obstacle changes when we look at a challenge as a gift rather than a bad thing, and place our attention on the way out.

When we focus on the good in our world rather than the problems, we draw more beneficial karma our way. It is simply a matter of cause and effect. Focusing on the good in other people and our world brings more good people and pleasurable experiences into our environment, thus eliminating problems before they become an issue. My dear friend and mentor, Ronna Herman, says (I’m paraphrasing): “We can tell how we are doing by the people and experiences in our life.”

When we encounter difficult people, they are mirroring some aspect of ourselves back to us. When we have problem after problem, we are being shown something about our thoughts and beliefs that can be changed. Many, and probably most, of our thoughts and beliefs are the result of our environment at an earlier age, coming from parents, teachers, relatives and friends. In The Spontaneous Healing of Belief, Gregg Braden tells us that we acquire most of our beliefs during our early childhood.

opportunity-wahooI know that this may just seem like a bunch of platitudes, but I assure you, if you put this practice to use, you will experience an amazing change in your life, for the better.

If you are not already doing this, give it a try, and let me know what happens. It will take some time and dedication, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

As Mahatma Gandhi said,

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

 

Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!

With love,

Randy

 

 

Persistence – An Essential Ingredient

Persistence is a crucial component for achieving success in our endeavors. We all have setbacks in life; they are a normal part of living. When we fall down, it’s imperative that we get up, make adjustments to our thinking, and take the next step. The next move may involve making a minor adjustment or taking a slightly different path. It may require moving in a completely new direction.

setting-goalsWhen we aspire to do, be, or have something, persistence is an essential ingredient. Even small steps, maintaining a degree of momentum toward our goal make a difference, for as we do so, new opportunities present themselves – opportunities that would not have appeared had we not persevered.

If we give up on our dreams, there is no way to know how close we are to the pot of gold. It may have been just around the corner, after another miniscule correction on our course, or staying on the same path just a little longer.

 

I was recently watching a movie where a woman said:

“Don’t give up, because that could be the place where the tides turn and your fortunes change.”

 

From dictionary.com:

Persist: ~ 

  1. to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of opposition, remonstrance, etc.: to persist in working for world peace; to persist in unpopular political activities.
  2. to last or endure tenaciously: The legend of King Arthur has persisted for nearly fifteen centuries.
  3. to be insistent in a statement, request, question, etc.

 

obstacleWhether it is a spiritual, financial, relationship or health goal, a key ingredient to our success is determination – persistence – especially when faced with obstacles on the path to our goal, or when it looks like our efforts are in vain. Overcoming an obstacle can be rather easy relative to the illusion of no gain from sincere efforts. It is disheartening when absolutely nothing appears to be manifesting from our labors. When we encounter a barrier, we have something to focus on and overcome. On the other hand, when there appears to be nothing happening, we don’t have any indication of success or failure. Under those circumstances, it is difficult to determine if we are making any progress.

bambooAn appropriate metaphor to consider is how the Chinese bamboo tree grows when nothing appears to be happening. This amazing tree does not even break ground for the first four years of its growth! However, during the fifth year a truly remarkable thing happens – in a mere five weeks it grows at an extremely rapid pace, reaching up to 90 feet (27.432 meters)! You read that right, up to 90 feet (27.432 meters) after four years (during which nothing appeared to be happening on the surface).

If diligently nourishing your “bamboo tree” with sincere effort and determination has provided no noticeable results, perhaps all you need is a break – a period of rest to regain your strength. It may be a good time to step back and rethink your approach, as you take a needed pause, to refresh and regain your enthusiasm. Yet another approach would be to do some lightweight research, reading about others who have accomplished what you are aiming for, or holding your goal in mind to maintain a modicum of momentum as you rest.

We have the capacity to ignore the illusion of appearances and manifest our dreams.

 

Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!

With love,

Randy

 

 

We All Have A Purpose. What’s Yours?

Are you marching to your music or someone else’s? If you are marching to the beat of someone else’s drum, I recommend that you find your own beat. Did you know that the word vocation stems from the Latin word vocatio, meaning “summons”? Look deep within, and consider whether what you are doing is in harmony with what you truly, intuitively enjoy. Are you doing something because a parent or someone else told you to do it, or because others in your family have done it? If so, and if it gives you a great degree of pleasure, that is good. On the other hand, if you do not enjoy your vocation, your life will be more fruitful and enjoyable if you discover what your purpose is and incorporate it into your life, even if it is as your avocation. It can be done one step at a time.

purposeHow do you discover your purpose? Just ask yourself this question: what are you passionate about? In fact, the connection between your purpose and your deepest passions is the basis for that well-known quote from Joseph Campbell: “Follow your bliss”. Life is meant to be enjoyed; do something that makes your heart sing. Follow your passion, your desires; do not give up! Many of us give up just as we are about to reap the rewards of our efforts. It could be just around the corner.

For those of you that know exactly what makes you happy – what truly causes the deepest joy to reverberate deep within you – your path might become clear for you rather easily with that connection to purpose. And that’s wonderful, as your life’s loves are probably things that you know you’ve aligned so closely to throughout the cycles of your life. What a blessing that is!

life-purpose2For many others, however, it’s not such an easy question to answer… and, unfortunately, that unease can cause many people to harbor even more fear and self-doubt. The question itself seems straightforward enough to us: What are we truly passionate about? That the answer isn’t as straightforward as the question shouldn’t worry you; it should just compel you to give it more time for thought and reflection. That uncertainty doesn’t mean you don’t have the spiritual grounding or vibratory wherewithal to accomplish your purpose (and your bliss), and it certainly doesn’t mean you’re any further from achieving your highest potential than those who know without hesitation where their passions – and purpose – inherently lie. In fact, it is fully possible that such uncertainty is part of the path you are meant to be on, for its questioning might be there to serve as a crucial impetus for recreating your life’s blueprint.

Consider, for example, the following quotation:

I begin to think that I have a genius for working like an ox over totally irrelevant subjects. … I am filled with an excruciating sense of never having gotten anywhere—but when I sit down and try to discover where it is I want to get, I’m at a loss. – January 1932 journal entry, Joseph Campbell

Yes, that is the same Joseph Campbell who would soon learn how to follow his bliss! In the earliest stages of his inner (and outer) seeking, the passionate urges and depths of feeling that he felt caused him to feel restless and doubtful. He was driven by an unseen force of passion and fire, but in order to identify what those passions were – and what his life purpose truly was – he had to seek deeply within, to explore those hazy nooks and crannies that aren’t always easy to get to, much less master. But you just have to turn in the right direction, beginning your journey right where you are. Remember, as I said before, that you can take this one step at a time.

I discovered my purpose by employing both the left and right hemispheres of my brain. First I created the following lists, then I used my intuition to sense what felt right.

These lists can all be created all on the same day, one day at a time, one week at a time or any way that resonates with you. I created each list daily for a week then moved on to the next one, except for the lists for accomplishments, challenges, what I’ve always wanted to do, and clues from the past. Please do what feels right for you. For most of them, I listed twenty items (it was more difficult to come up with something after the first ten or so), but work with this any way you like.

 

#1 YOUR STRENGTHS
What are your strengths? We all have them. What are yours? Think about what you are good at, even the simple things, like being a good listener, being a good driver, having a good sense of humor. What are your strengths?

Make a list of your strengths. Stretch yourself; when you think you are done, find some more. You can start with, “One of my strengths is…” and complete the sentence.

 

#2 WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO
What do you love to do? What brings you a great degree of pleasure when you’re doing it? What do you have a passion for?

Make a list of what you love to do. “I love to…”

 

#3 YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
What have you been successful at? What have you accomplished so far in life?

Make a list of your accomplishments. This is an ongoing list that you can add to and review periodically.

 

#4 WHAT YOU ENJOY DOING
What do you enjoy doing? Is it dancing? Is it gardening? Is it traveling? List what you enjoy doing. Many and perhaps all of these will be the same as what you love to do, and you may come up with a few more.

Make a list what you enjoy doing. “I enjoy…”

 

#5 KNOW WHAT YOUR INTERESTS ARE
What are you interested in? Compile a list of your interests.

Make a list of your interests. “One of my interests is…”

 

#6 WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT
What are you good at? You don’t have to be an expert, but what are you good at? Write a list of what you are good at.

List what you are good at. “I am good at…” or “I am a good…”

 

#7 WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO
What have you always wanted to do? What have you recently decided that you want to do?

List what you want to do. This is an ongoing list that you can add to and review periodically.

 

#8 WHAT YOUR CHALLENGES ARE, AND HAVE BEEN
What have been your challenges in life? What challenges have you overcome? Compile a list of your challenges: challenges that you’ve overcome and challenges you are still experiencing. In many cases, our challenges are an indication of our mission in this lifetime. It is through trials that we gain wisdom, and because of the wisdom gained we have the ability to help others, especially people who are experiencing a similar challenge.

List your challenges.

 

#9 THE CLUES FROM YOUR PAST
If you look back over your life, you will find clues to your life purpose. Think back and compile a list of things that come to mind.

I’ll give you some examples that I came up with when I did this. It turned out that my life purpose is to teach. As I looked back to the past, this is what I discovered:

Years ago, while I was on vacation, in a gift shop I saw a small basket full of stones on a glass shelf. I picked one up, turned it over, and “teacher” was etched in the stone.

I taught the martial arts for years, when I was in my twenties and thirties.

When I worked in the corporate world, I enjoyed mentoring people and speaking in front of groups.

When I would learn a new healing modality, I would always share what I had learned with friends.

As I thought back to aptitude tests I took in college and from a book I had read, one of the things that came up was “corporate trainer.”

I was in an intensive 5-day workshop in 2007 where I received a brief message from Archangel Michael via the teacher. I was told that “my contract is very clear.” I was befuddled by that cryptic message, so I asked the man who delivered it if we could talk later, so I could get some clarification. He told me that I had agreed to come here to be a teacher.

As I looked back on all of these clues from my past, and there are more, I was amazed that it had taken me so long to figure out what my purpose is – it seems so obvious now.

Create a list of times from your past that resonate with you – clues from your past.

 

#10 PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Now that you have created your lists, it’s time to find things that resonate with you the most. Look over your lists and determine what came up the most and which ones felt best to you as you were writing them down. What feels best to you as you read it? From those three you can narrow it down to one by visualizing, feeling or sensing yourself doing it, finding the one that feels the best.

Spend some time to determine what makes your heart sing and start taking action on the ideas that come to you. A great way to get started is to research the topic on the internet or at your local library. Another is to interview others who are doing the same thing or reading autobiographies of people who have done what you would like to do.

The answers are within you. You can do this on your own. You came here with a purpose (actually more than one). I hope that this method has given you the tools to discover what your purpose is, as it has me and others.

Steps:

  • Discover what your passion is, and where your talents lie – what you love to do.
  • Determine what you want to do and set your intention.
  • Pay attention for guidance/ intuition/ ideas and insights (keep a note pad or hand recorder handy, especially by your bed and in the car), so you can record the guidance as you receive it. Ideas will start coming to you.
  • Take action. This is a big one, but the steps you take can be small ones.
  • Track your results. Keep a journal or log.
  • Celebrate your successes and your failures. Successes feel wonderful, but when we don’t make the right decision, it is a wonderful opportunity to learn and gain wisdom. I have made my share of mistakes, but I don’t consider it a failure unless I don’t learn from it.

We all came here to contribute, and our contribution makes a difference. Your life purpose will be something that you love to do and will give you a great degree of pleasure.

 

Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!

With love,

Randy

 

Source: Joseph Campbell
http://www.jcf.org/new/index.php?categoryid=11

Sources: Vocation – Latin, vocatio, summons
www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocation
www.baylor.edu/christianethics/vocationarticleconyers.pdf

 

 

The Frequency of Gratitude

A national holiday of Thanksgiving is observed in Canada on the second Monday in October, and in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. Several countries around the world celebrate a similar holiday – a day set aside to be thankful. The high vibrational energy of gratitude is something that will greatly benefit those who consciously embrace it, and embody it…every day.

gratitude2Embracing and maintaining the feeling of gratitude produces a high-frequency vibration, creating a perpetual petition for positive experiences. As we embody a living prayer of gratitude, we draw forth good things – like a magnet attracting success.

It is imperative that one is thankful for the good fortune that has surfaced in life, for this will maintain the flow. By the same token, it is also important to be grateful for that which a person has a desire to create in life, as if it has already manifested. Feeling gratitude for something we want to bring forth in our life draws it to us, as a significant point of attraction.

On the other side of this “coin”, when we worry, we draw forth that which we are worrying about. For that reason, when we find ourselves fretting about a possible unfortunate outcome, it is imperative that we replace anxiety with gratitude for what we want to experience in our life, rather than worry about something that we don’t want to manifest in our future. We can do this by being conscious of our thoughts. Our feelings help us to do that: When we don’t feel centered (good), it is an opportunity to take a look at our thoughts, for they will reveal what we are worrying about, enabling us to shift to a new stream of thoughts about something pleasurable. We maintain a high frequency when we are centered… feeling good.

creatorsCreating the environment we desire requires us to be conscious; otherwise, we are creating according to our subconscious programs, repeating patterns over and over again. We are creators, and as such, always creating with our thoughts and feelings. Albert Einstein is credited with saying “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” When we allow our subconscious programs to run our life, we are creating the same, or similar, experiences over and over again. We have the ability to change these programs via affirmations, visualizations, and hypnosis (self-hypnosis or hypnosis guided by another) to name a few. It is imperative that we incorporate our feelings during this process, as they are the fuel. In other words, what would if feel like to be healthy? What would if feel like to be wealthy? What would it feel like to have healthy, harmonious relationships? Embrace the feeling! Visualizing, repeating affirmations and experiencing hypnosis without feelings is like trying to drive an automobile without fuel.

Wallace D. Wattles wrote his book, The Science of Getting Rich, over a century ago. The same principles apple today:

First, you believe that there is one Intelligent Substance, from which all things proceed; second, you believe that this Substance gives you everything you desire; and third, you relate yourself to it by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude.

Gratitude alone can keep you looking toward the All, and prevent you from falling into the error of thinking of the supply as limited; and to do that would be fatal to your hopes.

There is a Law of Gratitude, and it is absolutely necessary that you should observe the law, if you are to get the results you seek.

The law of gratitude is the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal, and in opposite directions.

The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to the Supreme is a liberation or expenditure of force; it cannot fail to reach that to which it was addressed, and the reaction is an instantaneous movement towards you.

We have been given the ability to create our world in harmony with the Divine. I urge you to use your God-given gift… and, of course, feel gratitude for it.

 

Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!

With love,

Randy