Category Archives: Consciousness Shift

Occupy Yourself – The Gift That Keeps On Giving

When my photography is at it’s best, it takes me to a place of reverence. To that sense of eternity, to the place where the lines between me and the rest of the world, are not so rigid, where old boundaries and definitions begin to dissolve. That’s where I want to live, – both with my cameras and without them. To be there as the watcher, the appreciator, the celebrator, and eventually just the lover of the incredible beauty that I see on this earth. (iPhone photo) “Celebrate What’s Right with the World!”  ~Dewitt Jones, Photojournalist

Dear Richard,

I start with this quote from Dewitt Jones and his almost ethereal picture taken on Molokai, HI.  This is the time of year when I stop to be more than my usual everyday grateful and take on a reflective look at life.

There is something about the shorter daylight that invites me to slow down and notice Now.  Taking time to appreciate, watch and celebrate what is around me every single moment possible enriches my life, breath, relationships and results in a willingness to let go of preconceived notions and simply be, like Dewitt says, the lover.

I find the holidays challenging at times to just be this lover.  Although meant to be celebratory this is naturally the time of entering a cycle of “hibernation” when our bodies innate rhythms actually want to slow us down, rest deeply, read by the fire, and go on an inward journey.  We are instead called out to shop, eat, drink and be merry.

As we enter the turning of the seasons this coming week on Winter Solstice I am asking the question – what truly has meaning in the small moments that make up the whole of our lives?  The answers gestate in the darkness and in an instant of time can emerge into consciousness as if they have always been there.

Instead of wondering how to attain or attract certain things in our life that mind says we must have to be happy, what if we stated – If I am whole, peaceful, and happy now then I will attract__________ .

It is from that place of wholeness as the observer and appreciator of life that everything arises from, not the other way around.  If I am in the guilt of the past or the fear of the future, then I am not present to celebrate this moment.

To notice the spider web sparkling in the sun, the smile of the man on the street holding his sign when I engage with him, the beauty of a tree blazing with color in December, the voice of my granddaughter on the phone, the feel of moving freely on the dance floor with others celebrating body and breath, laughing so hard that tears stream down my face…the opportunity to love another and to be the beloved.

Expanding further what if, like David Wilcox says in the video Occupy Yourself, the entire galaxy itself is an intelligent being.  Could our mind be simply a cell within the mind of the galaxy?

If this is so, then every thought we have has the potential to change and shift the entire Universe.   The ultimate dissolving of boundaries and boxed in definitions of what life is all about.

Occupying the pause between the next inhale and exhale has the potential for brilliant awakening.  Will the pause be long enough to simply BE the lover of the moment?

This holiday season I am choosing to occupy myself just as I am so that others can be free to do the same.  Reverence for the life I have been given.  How about you?

With Love – Wishing All A Blessed Solstice and Holiday Season,

Gaye

WEBSITE www.ResonanceWithLife.com

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Learning How To Dance In The Rain

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…
it’s about learning how to dance in the rain”  ~Unknown Author

Dear Richard,

Something very powerful happened to me last week.  This “something” has been unfolding itself over the last month or more in a rather “stormy” time when I am TRUSTING that my bank account will soon see streams of income flowing in based on the heart and creative centered actions that I am taking one step at a time.

Instead of contracting into scarcity it was my decision to change my mindset – as you Richard so eloquently spoke of in your last post – and to “dance in the rain” instead.  My dancing had to do with a regular “street person” that I see frequently as I take the same route to places that I frequent.

Mother Theresa once said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless”.   I believe that words, actions, smiles, creative, spontaneous, and anonymous acts of kindness and generosity all contribute to being the change we wish to see in the world.

There are opportunities all around us. Perhaps you see the person with a sign, standing on the median divider on a road well traveled, as someone who has a story to tell and gifts to give.

Who are they? What set of circumstances lead to their being there?  Do you roll up your window and pretend that you are busily engaged, or do you acknowledge them with a smile or a wave, or deeper yet as a whole human being who has needs just like you do and gifts to share.  Do you engage in conversation while you wait for the light to change?

One day I was curious about just such a person.  His name is Joseph and his sign is a little different.  He holds a picture of a friend that he has drawn and calls himself a disabled artist.  Not satisfied to just give him money, I wanted to know his story.  What transpired over a period of about 6 weeks was a back and forth dialog in which I challenged him to draw a self portrait which I would pay him for.

Result?  We looked forward to seeing each other when I passed by and there were always a few words shared and stories told about the project that I had given him.  When he came up against a perceived “roadblock” to completing this assignment we mutually brainstormed about how to get around it.

The day Joseph presented me with the piece – I parked near by and walked to the place where he stood – I was amazed at the skill and creative genius that was captured in the stunning self portrait that captured his essence.  I handed him the money that I had promised.  In return he was so elated to have this creative gift received in such a positive way that not only was a hug forthcoming, but there was a promise of more art to come.

Now I may never really know what impact this has made in his life, but for me I felt so much gratitude for the self-portrait and the meaning behind it. This person is making the best of his life and not willing to give up on the artistic gift that he has been given.  I received from him the courage to keep taking my steps no matter what the outward monetary circumstances may be in my own life.

I might add that when I said to him one day passing by, before he finished the picture, that I knew it was more of a challenge to do a self-portrait, he said to me – “I like a challenge”.  And he did!

Now, if I would have never engaged him in the first place out of a place of curiosity directed from the heart, then none of this would have happened.  The day that we exchanged portrait for money – all forms of energy – I felt more open and receptive to what my own life was calling me to do.

Next time there is a “storm” in my life I will be looking for the dance steps to take certain that the echos of my footsteps will be endless….will you?

With Love,

Gaye

WEBSITE www.ResonanceWithLife.com

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The Key to Manifesting

Dear Gaye,

A lot of people ask me how we can create a life we desire as opposed to being pushed around by it. My answer is always the same: we’re all doing it each and every day. It’s just that for most of us we don’t realize how powerful the mind is, so we don’t know we are doing it! Here is an example.

A few years ago the Massachusetts Institute of Technology did a series of tests that prove beyond doubt we can all heal ourselves when we create the right mental environment. They also prove that we can create symptoms of illness even when there’s no need. Here’s what happened:

A group of young men and women were given a series of fortnightly injections. Into the right arm went a red fluid containing a small dose of the TB virus. Into the left arm went a saline solution that was dyed green.

Where the TB virus was injected a bloom (red patch) appeared on the right arm afterwards. This is normal. It shows the body is reacting to the virus. Where the green fluid was injected, no visible reaction occurred. Again, this is normal. Saline would not be expected to create any response.

This was repeated three times, each time with exactly the same results: red fluid, right arm, bloom: green fluid, left arm, nothing. Then came the twist in the tale.

On the fourth test, as before, the researches injected red fluid into the right arm and green into the left. This time, however, they switched the contents. The TB virus went into the green fluid and the red fluid was now “harmless” saline. The results were amazing.

More than 90% of those tested still produced a TB-bloom on their right arm and nothing on their left.

What does this mean for us? It means that not only can we create a symptom when there is no need for us to do so: we can also IGNORE, or override, a stimulus if our minds are trained to do so. This is great news for all those who are interested in manifesting.

Why? Because if we can train our minds to expect certain outcomes; those outcomes will come to pass. It is as simple as that.

There’s a catch to this, however, which is that if we don’t train our minds, we will manifest all sorts of random, unwanted things as our brains fire off in all directions.

One important factor here is the repetition of something three times. Do something three times and the conscious mind assumes that when we do it a fourth, fifth or 100th time, the result will be the same. So, it switches off and allows the subconscious mind to take over. Three times is all it takes. That’s why three is such a “magic” number.

This is a real key for us. It means our brains pick up habits really quickly. It also means that once a belief has settled into the subconscious, it doesn’t really matter what your conscious mind is doing: your subconscious will win the day. (See my last post for more on why imagination always beats willpower).

This is because our subconscious minds are way, way more powerful than our conscious minds. So powerful in fact that they can create damage, or block us from our dreams if they are not managed.

Look at the power of the subconscious mind like fire. Let loose, fire can cause devastating destruction, ripping its way through forests, killing animals, burning all vegetation. But take care of it, control it and it can become a crucial ingredient to our well being. Tend fire, watch over it (train it) – and we can then use it for cooking, for keeping our house warm, and for sitting around as we tell stories to one another (perhaps toasting marshmallows!) with the orange glow lighting up our faces.

The tick is to know that we’re all creating life each and every moment. We’re all masters at manifesting. We simply create whatever is going on inside our subconscious minds at any time. If we don’t train the subconscious, this can be damaging for us. For instance: if we believe we’ll get ill, or stay poor, or never find our perfect partner….that’s exactly what we’ll get.

So, how do we train the subconscious mind? We take care with our words. We use our imagination like a web-designer, choosing what goes into the website of our life. We put our attention to things that make us feel good. Do this over and over and our habits become those of manifesting what we desire.

I’ll come back to this another time, because it seems to me to be important right now, as we look around us and wonder which way the world is going to turn. We DO have the power to change things, each and every one of us. And we can do it right now. We just have to start paying attention to what we are paying attention to!

We have to get into the habit of imagining perfect outcomes. Imagine them, expect them – and they are already there.

Love and Best Wishes,

Richard

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