If Only We Used Our Power for Good…

This theory doesn’t only apply to movie or TV sitcom characters, and it doesn’t only apply when we find ourselves in a predicament. Think back to this morning when you first woke up and ask yourself…”was it my angel (higher consciousness ~ expressing a positive outlook on the day) or devil (ego ~ negatively depicting the anticipated events of the day) that first started chatting in my ear?” I’ll bet for most of us it was the latter of the two, and it had you dreading the day ahead long before your first foot hit the floor.

So, what if we did use our power for good? We have the free will to choose who we converse with every day. Why not gag that little devil. If you believe in the Law of Attraction, you know a little gag can go a long way…

See the girl in the card on the right…look at the image her little devil has reflecting back to her about herself and her situation. We’ve all been there. We’ve allowed that ego voicePearls of Wisdom Devil to keep us hostage in lack, insecurity and the like and where does it get us? It keeps us trapped from growing into the unlimited person we’re meant to be. Now I’m sure you’re a bit skeptical so don’t believe me…try it for yourself. Stifle that little booger and give your angel some floor time. Look at yourself, your situations and the road ahead through that angel’s rose-colored glasses. Let her cheer you on, and remind you of all that you have, all that you know and all you can be. I’ll guarantee that this alternate view-point is much closer to the truth than the dooms day mantra your devil has been repeating. See how this new optimistic outlook makes you feel and then use your free will to decide which pal of yours brings you to a better place, opens more doors and encourages you to be more.

Use your power for good…because to do anything less is a disservice to yourself…

 

Images featured from the Pearls of Wisdom Tarot by Roxi Sim

 

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The Road to Freedom…

8 of SwordsAnger, injustice, parents, kids, too little money, too much responsibility, our job, unemployment, the government, health challenges, road rage, interest rates, housework, bills, the neighbors… Ask anyone you know and I bet they feel they are imprisoned by at least one, if not more than one of the circumstances above.

Now check out this lovely lady on the left. She is loosely bound with, not a prison guard in sight, yet she has rendered herself immobile. She’s allowing all of those excuses that surround her to keep her a prisoner of her own mind. She could easily maneuver herself into a position to cut the ties that bind her and remove the blindfold.  Then she might see the situation for what it really is, which as we can see, is not as bad as she thinks it is.  So, just for kicks, let’s remove our blindfolds for a second and really look at our prison bars. Are others actions worthy of anger that robs us of our freedom? Could each one of those swords represent the “I can’t because…” syndrome that saves us from having to make the decision to move through an uncomfortable situation to obtain our freedom? I can’t because I don’t have the time… I can’t because of the kids… I can’t because I don’t have the money… I can’t because I’m not well enough…

So what if we started lifting those swords out of the ground and used them as the tools to get us to where we want to be? We could use one sword to cut the binding and another to carve some unnecessary chores off our daily “to do” lists. We could pull out another to point the way to obtain the money we need to do the things we want to do, and we could pluck out yet another to use as a walking stick to move us further down the road we wish take. There…now that wasn’t so bad. The key is to remember is that anything is possible as long as we are willing to think about things differently. When we view each and every one of our circumstances, good, bad or indifferent, as a stepping stone, they take us to a higher place with a better view of the bigger picture.Osho kn of water

Freedom is about choice. We all have the ability to choose how we view our lives and the situations we find ourselves in. In the words of the Eagles

“Heaven knows it wasn’t you who held me back

Heaven knows it wasn’t you who set me free

So often times it happens, that we live our lives in chains

And we never know we have the key”

 

When we figure this out…we will be free for the rest of our lives… Here’s to the power of choice and the road to freedom!

 

Images featured:  Rider Waite 8 of Swords and Osho Zen Tarot Page of Water

Give your mind a timeout and come to your senses…

swords04Normally depicted as a soldier at rest from the battle, Rider-Waite 4 of Swords (left) is an indicator to us to take a mental timeout or a reprieve from the tediousness of strategy and staying one step ahead.  Let’s face it, we’re all challenged by mental mind chatter and if we don’t give ourselves the space to mentally rest, we can become consumed by it.  In the midst of our busy everyday lives, however, when we need it the most, we can’t just lie down and take a break, so what can we do?  We can come to our senses, that’s what we can do!

In the Tarot of the 78 doors 4 of Swords (below), the answer was just leaping off the4_of_swords 78 doors card at me. What an ingenious way to depict the same message. This blind man has to engage almost all of his senses just to do the things we sleepwalk through. He has to be conscious by default! So…when this realization came to me, I started experimenting with this newly discovered wisdom to see if it would really work. One night, when it was my turn to do the dishes, instead of thinking about the laundry that still needed to be done, the witty comment I could have used in an argument earlier in the day, the bills that have to be paid, or the 15 pounds I need to lose, I tuned into the wetness of the water on my hands, the texture of the sponge; I became aware of the smell of the dish detergent, the sounds outside and the breeze coming through the kitchen window. While I was experiencing all of that…low and behold, my mind was no longer looping. It couldn’t go on and on while I was experiencing life through all my senses. It was awesome! You gotta try it some time. If you are thinking how hard this might be and don’t want to offend your mind, try the letter below. It worked for me…maybe it’ll work for you!

Dear Mind,

First let me start by saying thank you. I know you work hard for me and I know how exhausting that can be. I also know that we’ve been spending an awful lot of time together and I think you need a break, as do I. I’ve recently discovered I’ve been neglecting my other friends, sight, sound, smell, taste and touch and I really miss them. Please don’t get upset. I’ll just be laying you off for a short time so we can each regroup.

Enjoy your time off!  See ya soon

Denise

Who Determines the Weight of Your Load?

So who determines the weight of your load, the heaviness of the burdens you carry?  Who determines the gravity of the tragety and the perspective that will ease the pain?

I once saw a story about a woman who lost her 2 year old son to cancer, and she wrote a song called… “Always Blessings, Never Sorrow.”  During the interview she explained that she was grateful for having been blessed with the soul of her son for the two years he was with her, and that was what she was choosing to focus on.

I know a woman who had breast cancer twice and she said it was the best thing that ever happened to her.  In hindsight, she saw the value that experience brought to her life, and for that she was grateful.

On the flip side, I know people who have their health, are financially well off, are surrounded by family, and appear to have all of their basic needs met… who spend their days magnifying the tiniest inconveniences to the level that you would think their world was coming to an end… 

So the beauty of this discovery is that we are in the drivers seat… we get to determine the weight and value of our experience… this applies to the good, the bad, and the ugly… 

Life is as fair or unfair, beautiful or ugly, satisfying or disappointing as we believe it to be.  Where we choose to place our attention will determine the weight of our load…

Go lightly my friends…