CONSCIOUS BREATH IS THE FIRST CONTACT WITH YOUR SOUL

Tuning into your Soul, the overlighting intelligence and energy of your life is as simple as four easy steps, taking no longer than 3 minutes a day.

These steps are:

1. find a quiet place where you will be undisturbed
2. set the alarm clock for three minutes
3. close your eyes and bring your attention on your breathing.
4. breathe in for the count of 4, pulling air into the tummy so that it expands, hold it for a second, and then softly exhale for the count of 6, hold it for a second. Repeat this breathing until your alarm clock goes.
At first you might find your mind chips in, chattering away about what you need to do or other such stuff. When that happens, gently bring your attention back to the process of counting your breaths in and out. Just become breathing and counting, counting and breathing. With practice easier and a feeling of deep peace enters in.
The beauty of this is that starting off each day with this exercise gives you a sense of control of your life. Even more exciting is the scientific fact that this type of breathing releases feel- good chemicals in the brain (serotonin).
‘Imagine that the universe is a great spinning engine. You want to stay near the core of it – right in the hub of the wheel – not out at the edges where all the wild whirling takes place, where you can get frayed and crazy. The hug of calmness, that your heart, that where God lives within you, where you will always find peace. ‘  Anon

MANIFESTING MONEY Lesson 7: Working too Hard can Block Success

Working to manifest your goals the Soul way asks you to drop some old behaviour patterns, ie. The less money you have, the harder you work. Look around you and you will know hard work is not a guarantee of more money, yet most of us go into jive bunny mode when the bucks are not flowing into the bank as we would want.

To manifest money effectively you’ll have to become friends with idea that right action comes from the flow of life. It’s core concept of my book Ride the River (it is useful to get a copy).
Here’s an excerpt that introduces this concept:
Without conscious awareness, pushing the river is the default model in today’s world. Everyone is pushing simply because society has conditioned us this way. From the time we were young we were told ‘work hard, play hard’ – the harder you work, the better the results – and you MUST get results! We are commanded to get results at school, and in sport, even our spiritual lives are results-driven. In our current model results define you; they make a statement of who you are. Without good results is your life worthwhile?
There’s a very subtle yet powerful difference between pushing the river and riding it, so subtle that perhaps a real life example of the two would best explain the difference. A friend of mine is dating a lady who is an interior decorator. One day she overheard her boss stressing about a particularly big deal which he had won to redecorate a chain of guest houses. Having struck the deal he found that the fabric selected for the furniture was out of stock and completely unavailable anywhere. This obviously delayed promised delivery times, putting the order in jeopardy. The last thing the boss wanted was the client to cancel the order.
As a result, and in conforming to the ‘push the river’ model, she heard her boss lying to the customer on the one side whilst abusing the supplier on the other. As is usual in the push the river model, the pusher was pushed to his limit and was having an awful time. All his negative energy was spilling over into the rest of the office.
Whilst other employees shrugged the situation off, the lady in question became interested in what was happening and, using her own time, popped into the client’s guest house to have a look. When she arrived and viewed the current décor it was immediately apparent to her decorating mind that the out of stock fabric was in fact not the best match for the rooms in question.
Upon returning to the office, still without telling her boss what she was doing, she  identified some fabric that she felt would be a far more attractive option.  On enquiry she discovered that there was no problem with availability of her suggested fabric – in fact they even had several bales in their own stock.
She called the client, explaining that she had visited his premises, and that she had identified some really super fabric which she would like to show him. When the client arrived and looked at the fabric sample, he immediately agreed with her assessment and readily signed a re-order for the different fabric.  Problem gone!
This story clearly demonstrates the difference between the push the river and ride the river model. The enraged and stressed boss, was enraged and stressed because he was having to push the deal through. He had a sense that all his efforts in securing the first deal were being undermined. He had a sense that life was stealing away what was rightfully his. He had a sense that life has an irritating way of going wrong. His model of the world made the whole affair angry and unresolved.
The vitally interested and involved decorator was motivated by a passion of beautiful houses. She had a sense of the lovely and wished to express it. She followed her heart’s leading at every turn, not for outcomes, but just because it was her make up,  and she was being true to it. Her model of the world swept problems effortlessly away. Ironically all the wasted energy of the boss yielded no results, whereas the sweet and easy energy of the love of décor produced superb results.’
So what does this look like in daily life:  when I’m catching a wave and I want to work work work, I do. I get up at 4am, because a woken with words or the desire to do stuff. I work on with high energy until 8 or 9pm. I’m saying yes to the surge of work energy, YES to the impulse to work.
But there are times when I feel tired, and the energy for work is gone, leaving behind a thin voice in my mind that say ‘but you’ve got to work’. I’ve learned however not to listen to this old and un-useful inner dialogue. I’ve learned to say YES to my NO. And so I take downtime, right in ‘worktime’. Like a surfer simply doing nothing but waiting and resting on his board for the next wave, I rest. I go to movies, I sleep late, I read. I don’t go into push-push mode. I wait until the surge, the impulse to work comes up from my feet again.
Here’s how to make this concept your own:
  • Write up another sign/affirmation that says ‘NO MORE PUSH-PUSH. RIGHT ACTION COMES FROM THE FLOW OF LIFE. ‘
  • Then keep observing how often you force yourself to push on when you should be waiting for the wave. Notice how difficult it is not to force yourself.
  • Have downtime when your system signals so. Some of you might be burnt out and will need more. Others will simply need to finetune what you’re already doing. Irrespective of where you’re at the sea of Life Force is under you, holding you up, and will bring you what you need. if you will just trust.
 John Kehoe , author of t Mind Power’ says ‘Rest is not a reward for work well done. Rest is part of work.’ Give it a try!  
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Help from Unseen Guides

Unseen Guides
by Dr. Napoleon Hill
Source: You Can Work Your Own Miracles Fawcett Columbine Book. Copyright 1971. Pgs. 45, 46, & 47.
 
I was sent this inspiring piece recently, and find it so uplifting that I’m simply sharing it with you as is. Enjoy!
‘After I had met with one failure after another, and each time was tempted to desert or neglect my major mission in life, I began to notice that the effects of each failure were immediately wiped out the moment I got back on the track and began to carry out my mission. This happened so often that it could not be explained away as a mere coincidence.From personal experiences, I know there are friendly Guides available to everyone who will recognize them and accept their services. In order to avail oneself of the services of these unseen Guides, two things are necessary: first, one must express gratitude for their services; second, one must follow their guidance to the letter. Neglect in this respect will bring sure, if not always swift, disaster. Perhaps this may explain why some people meet with disasters, the cause of which they cannot understand; disasters which they do not believe to be the results of any fault on their part.

For many years I was so sensitive concerning the unseen Guides, whose presence I had felt, that I carefully avoided all references to them, in both my writings and in public lectures. Then, one day in a conversation with Elmer R. Gates, a distinguished scientist and inventor, I was overwhelmed with joy when I learned that he not only had discovered the presence of unseen Guides, but he had formed a working alliance with them which enabled him to perfect more inventions and procure more patents than had ever been granted to the great inventor, Thomas A. Edison.

From that day on I began to make inquiries of the hundreds of successful men who collaborated with me in the organization of the Science of Success, and discovered that each of them had received guidance from unknown sources, although many of them were reluctant to admit this discovery. My experience with men in the upper brackets of personal achievements has been that they prefer to accredit their success to their individual superiority.

Thomas A. Edison, Henry Ford, Luther Burbank, Andrew Carnegie, Elmer R. Gates, and Dr. Alexander Graham Bell went to great lengths in their descriptions of their experiences with unseen Guides, although some of these men did not refer to these invisible sources of aid as “guides.” Dr. Bell, in particular, believed the invisible source of aid was nothing but a direct contact with Infinite Intelligence, brought about by the individual’s stimulation of his own mind through a burning desire for the attainment of definite objectives.’

Being Fully Present

The path to power; the way to achieve your goals; the road to genuine happiness is achieved to the degree that you are able to be fully present. Present with your hopes, your successes, and especially your discomforts! By saying YES to everything that your present moment gives you, you truly put yourself in the driving seat of your life.

Nowadays we are deeply afraid of the uncomfortable stuff within us, most of us being committed to living positively. But if you are critical of parts of yourself you block your intuition, stopping the flow of Soul that is trying to happen. True positivity is the ability to look at your failures and ugly parts in a positive light! This leads to acceptance through which the negative action of ugly parts are neutralised.

‘If you bring forth that which is within you. Then that which is within you will be your salvation. If you do not bring forth that which is within you then that which is within you will destroy you.’ The Gnostic Gospels. Compelling motivation, not so!

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Can you meet your Soul in a real and tangible way?

Can you meet your Soul in a real and tangible way? The Answer is yes. In 2007 I started doing this daily affirmation ‘I want to know my Soul, see my Soul, hear my Soul, feel my soul, meet my Soul, work in harmony with my Soul.’ Sometimes the desire built up so strong I would shout the affirmation to the sky!

I felt really clear that if I was to be worthy of teaching on the topic I needed to have a personal encounter of a significant kind. Yes I am given lots of psychic information –  and have an ever present and astoundingly accurate sixth sense, but I wanted to go a step further and have a personal experience of my Soul as well.

During a meditation at a conference in Italy recently this goal was realised. I had a personal encounter with my Soul Self that was amazing and incredible. And I can tell you that our Soul is alive and kicking and awesome! What I encountered was how true this description from the Course in Miracles actually is:

‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And it’s not just in some of us; it is in every one of us.’

So hang in there, holding fast to the truth that there is a sublime part of you, one that already knows every situation and choice that lies ahead; every possible option and its outcome –  and the wisdom to guide you to the right one. Even more exciting is the knowledge that you are indeed magnificent and gorgeous, and that if you will simply hold fast to the desire to meet that magical part of yourself, it is possible.

 

There’s a Link Btw Soul and Power

So many references to Soul contain references to power. Power is to Soul as water is to the ocean. You can’t have one without the other. In exploring the nature of the Soul its essential to explore the nature of power too.

Psychologist’s say that perceptions of power and control, the belief that you can make the changes you desire are critical to mental health – and success. Two psychologists, Simms and Bauman go further, stating that the degree of power a person feels will determine the degree to which they fight to live or die. It’s clear that believing you are powerful is vital to healthy living on this planet. I go a step further: having a sense of your personal power is vital to living a Soul led life. (see my posting below on what Soul is.)

Unfortunately most people never give much thought to personal power, especially not in a spiritual context. Lots of prayers refer to the Power of God Almighty, but there are also many warnings which tell us that we challenge God at our own peril. Hell! I don’t want to incur the wrath of God! But because of the volume and intensity of Judaeo-Christian religious content in our collective Western psyche, it’s highly likely that most Westerners walk around with a subliminal fear of being powerful whether we have been exposed to religious thought or not!
I still dance with the cut off between my will versus ‘thy will be done’. I realise both need to be involved, but just how do I do it. Being personally powerful could be construed as being in competition to an omnipotent God.
If the fear of God is not enough, add to that the real threat that a powerful person brings to society’s status quo. Powerful people don’t just comply. They kick up a fuss, insist on being heard – and want to change things. Jesus is an example of such a person, so was Moses to name just two ‘up there’ beings. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Ghandi are less holy examples of people standing in their power, but how much poorer our world would have been without their courage and sense of personal power?
The question is are you prepared to take the risk and do the same? If you want to have a healthy relationship with your Soul, (and who doesn’t?) I believe you don’t have an option.’ But are you prepared to do the work to break the pattern of your learned powerlessness?
In our childhood we learn powerlessness.
As adults we need to reclaim it & retrain it.
According to Sandra ‘Power is a prickly pear. Who can I throw it to so I don’t have to hold onto it?’. Just why would we do this? Could it be that the most common model of power is simply lousy. It’s all about force, or power over people. This is a violating energy that I personally don’t enjoy being around so why would I aspire to it at all?
I have discovered is that genuine personal power is a completely different thing. Genuine personal power an honouring energy. Yes it’s strong enough to put down boundaries or be assertive when called on, but it’s a far cry from violating. Rather it’s a sacred moment in which we allow ourselves to stand in the centre of who we are. And when we stand in this centre, we say YES to ourselves and YES to our Soul. And that’s what I’m interested in.
This is how the Course in Miracles says it:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God . Your playing small does not serve the world

So how can we go about changing powerlessness to powerful in our daily lives? Here’s a tip:

1.Fill in an hourly chart, rating your feelings of personal power out of 10.
2.Note what events trigger an increase or decrease in your sense of power.
3.If you have a decrease, tap your finger lightly on your throat and say ‘I am willing to release the pattern that’s created this situation. I invite genuine personal power.’

This simple process will go to work on the unconscious patterns deep in your being. The more you take these three steps the greater the effect. By taking these simple actions you will be taking a step towards being a happier more successful you – a version of you that is able to stand in your centre and say YES to your Soul. Now that’s power!