Do You Talk to Yourself … a Lot?

Are You Spending or Investing?

Do you spend or invest? We do both, of course, but you’re probably thinking about money, right?

This blog has nothing to do with currency, bank accounts, retirement funds, or a stock portfolio.

What then? I’m glad you asked!

It’s about the way you talk to yourself.


Yep. We’re going to get down and dirty and find out all the lies you’ve been telling yourself. Or, rather, you’re going to figure it out and be thankful you did. Why? Because you’re going to find out doing so is a major key to your success and having a life worth living.

Neville tells us we “… are totally unaware of [our] inner talking and therefore see [ourselves] not as the cause but the victim of circumstance. … Right inner speech … is the greatness of the arts.”

My friend, Natasha, and I both posted on social media about the “board meetings” we have in our heads, usually while driving back-and-forth to work. Speaking for myself, these conversations that often develop into full-blown, knock-down, drag-out fights can move from my brain to my mouth with me missing the fact that I’m now using my “outloud” voice instead of having a private consult in my own little noggin.

Every third night a committee holds a meeting in my head.

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Seriously? Are THESE the jokers in your head that you're letting stop you from having a life worth living?

This is what Neville calls spending our time. In this case it’s similar with money. When we spend the cash it’s gone. We hopefully received goods or services in return for our currency, but those goods are eventually used up or the services completed.

On the other hand, instead of spending time worrying about the past, hating the present and fearing the future (all the spending of time and energy), what would it be like if we thought about where we wanted to be instead of where we were, are, or afraid we might end up?

Ah! We’d be investing in our time in a future we want, instead of one we fear. “Alter your inner speech, and your perceptual world changes,” Neville admonishes us.

I challenge you to take charge of the board meeting in your head today. Almost all those other voices are your ego in disguise. While our egos are well-meaning, they are notorious for keeping the status quo. It’s time to exercise your control as board president and CEO of your life.

YOU are in charge of your future, with all its potential for greatness and success. YOU have the power within you to change your thinking. In doing so, you’ll be investing your time in future that will prove your life has changed for the better!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,

Copyright © 2017 Terry Drew Karanen. All rights reserved.
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When Abundance Becomes Clutter

What is your personal idea of abundance? First-world thinking about this is far different than what we find in third-world countries. More technologically-advanced countries tend to allow marketing and advertising to dictate what abundance means, while less-developed areas find joy in a simpler life-style.

We don’t have to fall into the corporate trap of “more is better.” Magazines, for example, abound on store shelves claiming the best way to lose weight or gain muscle. The vast majority of these articles have nothing to do with reality or scientific fact. What they do have is a sincere and dynamic desire on the part of the publishers to sell magazines.

Similarly, we are bombarded by ads on TV and now even on our mobile devices. Once again, these ads are devised to get us to buy products, even if the purchase is clouded in the reasoning that doing so will somehow better our lives or pocketbooks.

As the animals in the northern hemisphere prepare for winter we observe frantic gathering around us. How closely do we reflect this frenetic activity in the accumulations of possessions?  There’s nothing wrong with having our stuff. Our stuff, whatever that stuff is, is fun! We live on the human plane; that means we get to play with all the material things that give us joy.

But at some point the stuff is all just … well … STUFF! This is the perfect time of the year to wind down and see exactly what it is we want to take through the winter with us into a new year.cluter

Look around at just one area of your life. That can be your desk, maybe a closet or a whole room. Whatever you choose, make it manageable so as to not overwhelm yourself. There’s an old metaphysical saying that the Universe abhors a vacuum. In other words, the Universe will fill the space if we make it available.

The problem is no two things can occupy the same space at the same time. If we are to experience more abundance and joy in our lives we must make time and space for those things. The clutter we see around us is gunk and clogs up the flow of our prosperity. Take some time to de-gunk your life – the blessings we receive in return are amazing!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,


Terry Drew Karanen © 2016

Accepting Our Good

Is there something lacking in your life right now? It could be any number of things:  a satisfying relationship, a better or new car, the job/career of your dreams, your bills paid and money in the bank. It could also be peace of mind, free from anxiety or depression.

Our thoughts create our experience and we are responsible for the outcome. Many people balk at this, preferring to blame the Devil, the government, their parents or something else for their woes. Of course, no one plans a miserable life on purpose! But, we really do create our own experience. The problem is that most people do it subconsciously or in some cases, unconsciously.

My father drilled into my mind that I would always have more bills than money and never get ahead in life. Nice, huh? It wasn’t his fault. He believed the future was predicated by the past, recent or distant, and the direction of family wasn’t toward affluence. Heck, we didn’t even have a double-wide in our trailer park!

Dr. Arleen Bump told me she was taught this by one of her teachers:

The world knows you in terms of your history, but God-Mind only knows you in terms of how you are knowing yourself at this present moment.

In other words (sorry, Papa), the experience of the past doesn’t have to impact our present or future, unless we allow it to do so. In my case, I’ve battle issues of financial lack for nearly my entire life. I’m finally financially stable, but it’s taken a great deal of energy to get where I am, probably a lot more than was necessary if I’d had a better belief system in place.

The question then is not whether or not our good is available, but rather if we are willing to accept it. How does this lack of acceptance show up?

  • Someone opens a door for you, but you insist they enter first.
  • A friend informs you she is picking up the tab for lunch, and you protest.
  • You can’t afford groceries, but feel worthless when someone brings you bags of food.

Get the picture? Have you passed a penny or a nickel on the street, afraid someone would chide you for stopping to pick up such an insignificant coin? PICK IT UP! Jesus taught us that “Whoever is faithful with little is faithful with much also …” (Luke 16:10, Aramaic Bible in Plain English).htblaw

As we become more comfortable with small gifts and demonstrations, more becomes available to us. Begin today to embrace the acceptance of your good, no matter how small and regardless of whether or not you judge yourself worthy of such abundance.

Begin, too, to guard your thinking. This is not about ignoring the facts, but it’s an entirely different thing to dwell on those facts instead of knowing the truth that another situation, circumstance or outcome is possible.

Know this:  There is just One Power. That Power is in, through and all around you. That Power is your power. Speak your word for that which you desire. Know without a doubt that the universal consciousness knows how to produce your good and produce it in a way even more wonderful than you expect. Release all doubt and embrace your good by making room for it in your life. Give thanks, knowing that it is already done in the Mind of God. And So It is!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,