We Are More Than We Know

Has anyone ever told you that you should live up to your potential? I’ve heard that, either directed toward me or in passing when one person is discussing someone else (usually their husband or child).

My first thought is always, “How do you know the ultimate potential of someone else?” My second thought comes something along the line about the person minding their own darn business, but I digress …

30AWe are more than we realize in the sense that we have abilities (not just potentials!) far beyond what we’ve been taught we have at our disposal. For example, it used to be that positive thinking was just some woo-woo idea taught by charlatans trying to get our money; or people who said they were spiritual, but not saying the same thing the churches were.

Today we have scientific evidence through numerous studies and other research that prove our thoughts (positive or negative) impact the outcomes in our lives. Catch yourself this week if or when you say, “I can’t … “ Really? You can’t? Why not? What’s stopping you?

Now don’t go getting all ridiculous on me and say, “Well, I can’t fly, so I guess you have to admit there are things we can’t do!” Well, of course. DUH! Seriously though, if that’s a person’s first reaction then we don’t judge them, we treat them with kindness. They may be looking for reasons to fail, to be a victim, to have people feel sorry for them … or, they could be just trying to be a smartass, in which case an argument is a waste of time.

We stop ourselves or make excuses for our lack of success all the time, but why? Because someone else thinks we can’t and we decided, for whatever reason, to believe them! Why? Because we’ve bought into being too old, or too young, or too fat, or too skinny, or too whatever which, in society’s eyes, says we can’t. That’s our BS and you know what that is:  Our Belief System.

This week decide to get a new BS degree. Get a new belief system that supports you in being magnificent and fulfilling a potential you either know you have, or at least suspect you might possess, that will propel you into a life worth living in ways you’ve not even yet imagined.

P.S.  This week over at the Facebook® page for Spirit, Mind and Body Foundation we’ll be talking more about our potential, how to increase our awareness of our abilities, how to break the barriers that binds us from having an amazing life and much, much more. It’s all part of our 2016 theme, The Global Vision:  A World That Works For Everyone. Come join the conversation!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,
Terry

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Can We Save the World?

I admit it. At times it’s just overwhelming to me.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes the charity emails, social media postings about the great needs of people locally and around the global, and the unending mail delivered to my house requesting donations is just too much.23 Blog

I go to the grocery store and there’s that same guy with his sign at the entrance to the parking lot, asking for money because he’s homeless. Is there anything we can do to make a difference? Are the requests we hear about saving the world impossible to make into a reality?

Perhaps we can at least make a dent and often more than we realize. Today we continue with our search into The Global Vision:  A World That Works For Everyone. Our affirmation for this week is:

We see a world in which we are called to conscious action.

The action to which we are called by so many life-saving organizations is often “give us your money.” When we look at truly “conscious” action in writing a check or having funds transferred our involvement increases exponentially. That’s why our theme for the week is:

What Is Mine to Do?

The hard fact is that we cannot contribute all our money to all the causes everywhere in the world. So, I’m an advocate for starting where we are.

I rarely give money on the street. I’m just not comfortable with it. But that didn’t stop me from buying a lunch one day at the grocery store and giving it to the homeless man on the corner (who appreciated my efforts greatly and didn’t need money for drugs).

My conscious action could have gone a step further, however. I could have asked the guy’s name or told him mine. I could have inquired whether or not he had a warm place to stay that night, and if not told him where he might try.

We must add mindfulness to our efforts for our actions to be fully conscious ones. We can consciously make it a point to give money, donate clothes or help out at a shelter, but our attempts could still be lacking if we are not mindful of our circumstances and those involved while we are accomplishing our conscious action.

Our discussions this week over at the Facebook® page for Spirit, Mind and Body Foundation will look at:

  • How we define “conscious action”
  • How we can all make differences in the lives of others and our planet
  • Leading or following in social justice actions
  • Caring for our families
  • Acting on a global level
  • And more! (There are seven days in the week – I have to leave you some surprises!)

Sound like a lot? It’s great stuff and taking it in small increments one-day-at-a-time is why I blog daily on this great year-long adventure we’ve undertaken. I hope you’ll join me!

Till then, or next week, be well, live life to the fullest, and let us all see just how amazing you are!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,
Terry

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You Talking to Me?

How many times have you heard that line in a movie or TV show based in New York City? I lived in Manhattan for nearly two years. No one ever said that to me. Perhaps I’m not that threatening, but then again I talk to most everyone.

That’s the standard joke in my family. I can get someone’s full family history, find out their deepest secrets and leave them with a smile on their face and hope for the future – all in 30 seconds or less in the check-out line at a convenience store.16 Blog

It’s a gift.

Kidding aside, however, people talk to us all the time. If we are to live the global vision of a world that works for everyone we ought to be listening more carefully. Perhaps we don’t like what we’re hearing. Or, maybe we just don’t like the message being delivered by what we consider to be the wrong person.

I know it’s a real ego buster when someone we don’t care for smacks us with the truth about our situation. Ouch. You’ve been there I’m sure. I know I have. We don’t want to admit the truth about why we are in yet another abusive relationship, dead-end job or reoccurring illness, but there we are and the person we least appreciate being in our life is there to deliver the obvious.

What to do? Here’s a couple of ideas:

  • Do NOT react.
  • Breathe. Deeply. Allow your body and mind to relax.
  • Agree. Yeah, I know. It’s really hard sometimes, but just for the moment agree with the person. This defuses any anger or upset on the part of the other person involved, which in turn allows us to relax a bit as well.
  • Forgive yourself. Why? Because if you could be doing any better you would be.
  • Resolve to do better, whatever that looks like for you, understanding that what it might look like is continuing to be a hot mess for a bit longer.
  • Thank the person. No, seriously. Thank them. They are the messenger of Spirit, sent to you to help you. If you’d listened to your inner guidance you wouldn’t be having this experience. So suck it up, Buttercup, and remember to listen next time when your intuition tells you what you should or shouldn’t be doing.
  • Forgive yourself. Again. Sorry, that last bullet point was a bit harsh. But it’s the Truth, so take another deep breath and forgive yourself. You don’t read my work because I’m Glinda the Good Witch, all pink and sparkly. You expect me to be blunt, but I hope you know I still love you. (If it’s any consolation the people I love and respect in my life do the same thing to me … and at the time I usually don’t like it either … I feel your pain.)
  • It’s only going to get better!

You’re smiling, right? If you aren’t running in terror right now or hitting “unsubscribe” from my blogs, then come on over to the Facebook® page for Spirit, Mind and Body Foundation, my Centers for Spiritual Living focus ministry. Every day this week we’ll be chatting about ways to live in closer contact with the inner revealer of Truth and learn how to communicate better with those around us.

Come join the fun!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,
Terry

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Got Problems?

Okay, so first of all, the graphic here is a kinda true! Ernest Holmes taught us that our reality is a real as we need it to be. The question here is how "real" do we want our problems to be?

Do you have problems? “OH NO!!!” screams the metaphysician in horror. “We NEVER have problems! We have ‘challenges’ or ‘opportunities,’ but NEVER problems! That’s so NEGATIVE!”

Reality check. We in New Thought and metaphysics need to realize how afraid some in our movement have become of this little word. What IS a “problem” anyway?

9 BlogWhile we may avoid them or try to admit they don’t exist, problems pop up and ignoring them can be disastrous. Here’s the skinny on “problem,” according to the Oxford Dictionary:

A matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome, or an inquiry starting from given conditions to investigate or demonstrate a fact, result, or law.

It’s not the end of the world and having one doesn’t mean someone takes away your minister, practitioner or spiritual counseling license. Lighten up, folks! We didn’t choose to float on pink clouds and giggle all day. We chose to live in the corporeal realm here on a planet with exquisite joys and annoying pains. There are now more than seven billion other spirits having a spiritual experience on earth and it’s gonna get messy at times!

Don’t be afraid of the word “problem.” It doesn’t mean half of what some people would like you to believe. Other words that can be used are difficulty, trouble, worry or complication if you’re that terrified of a seven-letter word. And, it can also be a challenge as well as an opportunity.

But to tell someone, with a giddy smile on our face, so excited that we’re about to wet ourselves, who’s just been given a diagnosis of stage 5 cancer, or who’s just found out their house burned down, that they have an “opportunity for growth” is just plain wrong.

It’s unloving.

It’s unkind.

And, it’s cruel.

This is NOT the way to enhance The Global Vision:  A World That Works for Everyone. So what can we do? Love them. Support them. Refrain from sympathy and exercise empathy. Be there for them.

And above all, pray with them to know the Truth. This week’s theme is, “Communion With God.” While prayer is one of the ways we can do this, there are numerous other ways as well. Some of these other methods will be of interest to those reading who are agnostic or atheist, as there’s virtually no reason to commune with an entity one thinks doesn’t care or who doesn’t exist.

Throughout the week over at the Facebook® page for Spirit, Mind and Body Foundation we’ll be looking at embracing spiritual guidance – both guidance from what appears outside us as well as what is already available in our own consciousness.

Returning to our topic here about problems:  Do you have any? Probably. We all have situations in our lives that we’d rather not tackle. Often those issues are brought about through means that seem totally out of our control. Either way, there’s a fool-proof way to handle them.

  • Acknowledge the problem.
  • Approach the situation like a medical triage unit – figure out what MUST be done right away, what SHOULD be done and what COULD be done.
  • Do what MUST be done.
  • Delegate authority and/or responsibility for what someone else could do for you.
  • Get professional or experienced help if you need it.

We don’t have to tough it out when stuff happens and it’s going to. Like everything else, however, how we deal with the problem will determine whether it gets resolved quickly and easily, or whether it gets morphed into a huge issue that could affect our health, wealth and well-being.

Like with everything else in life, the choice is ours. How will you choose to handle your next problem?

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,
Terry

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What About Those K-Cups®?

If you’re signed up for my eMessages, which normally arrive on Monday mornings, are you wondering why you’re getting this now, in the middle of the week?

And why would he be writing about K-Cups®?

I’ve been gearing my writing toward the 2016 theme created through the larger organization, Centers for Spiritual Living, with whom I’m associated. It’s wonderful to feel a part of something bigger, something global. But, I’m finding that I’m somehow losing the personalized message of “me” in the global movement. I promise to change that starting next Monday, but in addition to my weekly blog I’ll be sending out periodic messages and writings about ideas and issues that I find important to me personally or to the readers I’m hearing from.

Now. Back to the K-Cup®.

For those of you who may not know what a “K-Cup®” is, they are plastic pods of coffee, tea, hot chocolate powder or other liquids that are inserted in a Keurig® machine (thus the “K” designation), thus saving time when you want a drink.

But what are we losing when we do this?

The discussion surfaced earlier this week when it dawned on me that in our household alone we were tossing away a significant amount of plastic when throwing away the used K-Cups®. The pods can be recycled (DUH!), as long as the innards are discard; the grounds could also be used in a garden, potted plants or a compost pile.04A

What we are gaining with any convenience – mobile devices, microwave ovens, the list goes on – is time. We are automating one activity so as to give us the opportunity to “make better use of our time.” At least allegedly.

But at what cost? Religious Science practitioner, Kevin McGhee, recently stated in this conversation, “… almost anything that is created for convenience – time saving [activities], single servings, etc. – are a drag on the earth, …” He believes, quite rightly I think, that fast foods or prepackaged portions can’t nearly sustain us the way whole foods can. In the name of time saving and the Western way of thinking that “we deserve it,” we are sacrificing our health and the future of our planet.

However, there’s an even greater issue here that bears our scrutiny. I’m old enough to remember the “Captain Kangaroo” TV show when I was a kid. There was this one episode I remember when the Captain talked about these new thing-a-ma-gigs called “computers.” They were going to make our work much lighter. In fact, they’d eventually do so much for us that we could complete much of our five-day work week in three days, and have a four-day weekend EVERY WEEK to enjoy life and one another! WOO-HOO!

That’s not quite the way it came down, however. It’s true that computers, automation, robots and the ongoing work of A.I. (artificial intelligence) research continue to free up humanity from the more mundane chores. Yet, instead of using this extra time for leisure, we’ve doubled (or more) our output to competitively increase our own productivity and hopefully our income – by working 50, 60, 70, 80 or more hours a week.

We’re losing ourselves in automation.

We’re losing our spirit.

We’re losing our humanity.

And some of us are putting ourselves in an early grave.

I’m not suggesting we throw out our mobile devices and I’m not giving up my Keurig®. I am positing, however, that although-Cups, meditation, environment, recycling, peace, harmony, joy, ease, stresswe can check email while we’re nuking our dinner, it may not be to our best spiritual and physical benefit to do so consistently.

Ten or twenty minutes of meditation once or twice a day can completely recharge and revitalize our bodies and minds. In the same way, using coffee again as an example, taking a few extra minutes to brew the coffee in a French press or percolator can give us a breather of sorts. We can commune with our own thoughts, each other or simply “be.”

Again, I’m not suggesting we stop all our automated activities. Perhaps we can all be just a little more aware, a bit more mindful, of how and why we are doing what we’re doing. Slowly and gently, we may be able to bring back the joy of living in simpler ways than our hectic society is demanding.

Not preachin’ – jus’ thinkin’

Terry

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Guidance and Responsibility

Theme for the Month of May

The Global Vision:
Spiritual Guidance and Personal Responsibility

Theme for the Week of May 2:
My Mind Is a Center of Divine Activity

“We believe that life is the logical and necessary outcome
of the infinite self-knowingness of God.” -  Ernest Holmes

Do you realize we’ve completed one third of the year already in our discussion of The Global Vision:  A World That Works For Everyone? I hope you’ve been enjoying the topics created through Centers for Spiritual Living (csl.org).

In May our chats and debates will reflect on two parts necessary for the development of our vision:

Spiritual Guidance
and
Personal Responsibility

02BAs a caveat for my readers who are atheist and agnostic, may I suggest you think of the spiritual guidance aspect as the group of people, individual or organization to whom you look to when you desire guidance in your life?

And, what about taking personal responsibility for the creation and nurturing of this vision? That might seem like an awesome task. Remember that with us all working together it simply means we will each do our part to the best of our ability.

For our discussions this week (which you’ll find over at the Facebook® page for my ministry – Spirit, Mind and Body Foundation), we’re going to look at the activity of our individual minds being a place of activity of more divine or universal activity.

In a world that works for everyone we believe in the unity of all life. That means that our thoughts are creating both our own experience as well as building the collective consciousness. Yes, it sounds like a pretty important ability. And you know what? It is!

Join me this week and throughout the month to experience the joy of focusing on what you want, instead of what you don’t want, as is more common in our society. Learn how to access the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of all time through meditation and reflection.

Sound like fun? It’s going to be! See you this week over at the Foundation’s Facebook® page and weekly on my blog, “Making Sense of Life!”

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,
Terry

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