Sunday, October 16, 2011

Reflections on our Global Connection

The other day, I announced and celebrated my 100th blog post! I was so excited and I even announced it on facebook, which was a first for me. It feels great to be really open about my spirituality and express my outlook on life with my friends and family.


But then...


I realized it was actually my 89th post! I had eleven drafts saved, which made it look like there were 100 posts.


I realized that there are lots of blessings in this:


I now feel more inspired to catch up to that 100-mark and do the announcement all over again


The timing was perfect because I had just watched Oprah's Lifeclass and webcast about living your truth, and I was feeling really inspired


Now my facebook tribe is aware of my blog, and I feel more connected to that awareness, which is continuing the flow of inspiration...the ideas keep pouring in!





I'm feeling really grateful to have a platform like this where I can express my thoughts freely. I love that there is the potential that anyone who reads my blog will feel uplifted and inspired. I love having a place like facebook and twitter where more and more people can read my work. I love this experience of a global connection. I love knowing that we are all spiritually connected, and I love how facebook and twitter capture the symbolism of our spiritual connection.


Life keeps unfolding magnificently. Each day brings a new awareness, deeper insights, and clearer understanding. I am grateful for what I know, and I am grateful that I keep learning more and more every day.


What are you grateful for?


What are some blessings that have come out of a frustrating experience you had?


I'd love to hear your thoughts...


PS: Check out Oprah's new book! Release Date is 11/15/11








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Friday, October 14, 2011

I Am Beautiful (My 100th Blog Post!)

I overheard a really lovely conversation at the Barnes & Noble cafe the other day. It went something like this...


Barista: Look who it is! Isn't she beautiful?
Customer: Yes I am!
Barista: Oh, you're so conceited!
Customer: I'm not conceited; I just know the truth.


Now this was a completely playful and fun conversation, but that last statement was actually really profound. Why is it considered conceited to acknowledge and proclaim your own beauty?


For most of my life, I was so confused about my own sense of beauty. People always used to tell me I should be a model, and I honestly thought they were completely out of their minds! I must have had a mild case of body dysmorphic disorder. I actually thought it was very bad and wrong to feel beautiful. I even had a hard time naming this post! I think we should all celebrate our own beauty and uniqueness no matter what other people might think or say. If they are being judgmental, they need to look at themselves and ask why.


It's interesting because this very topic was discussed on Oprah's Lifeclass and on the live webcast with Cheryl Richardson afterwords. Cheryl was telling everyone the interesting and unique practices she does, like looking in the mirror and proclaiming things like, "How'd you get to be so cute!" She also has an app on her iPhone that she programs with loving messages to herself that she receives every hour. I love it!





I think Cheryl must be doing something right because, first of all, she's sitting with Oprah teaching a world wide class! Also, she has written a book with the wonderful Louise Hay ("You Can Create an Exceptional Life"). She has written many bestselling books, and she also does lots of speaking engagements.


I was really inspired by this, and I'm also feeling grateful because it also ties into my previous post about the power of I AM statements. I love how everything is coming together!


So the next time you want to proclaim your own beauty and magnificence, just remember that you're simply proclaiming the truth. And when you proclaim the truth, you inspire others to do the same.


(By the way, this is my 100th post and I'm very excited and proud of my blog! I mostly do this for me, but I also know that some people read it, and so I love knowing that I'm uplifting at least one person's day. I have so many stories in my head that are just ready and waiting to be expressed!)







Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Power of I Am!

Life is really taking on a magical quality lately! It feels like things are changing and shifting in the best ways. I'm taking a look at the most helpful things that have made the most positive difference for me, and I want to summarize them here.


I usually browse the Abraham-Hicks discussion board at abeforum.com. There are always tons of inspiring stories and quotes on there. There's a section where people post notes and quotes from the most recent workshops, and there have been so many gems for me. I'm going to paraphrase and summarize my favorite concepts and insights from those notes:


Release tension about what-is. What-is is only a temporary place. It's the first step on the journey to where you're going. And it's a reflection of your current thoughts and vibration. (This thought gave me the biggest sigh of relief! I feel like I've released years of resistance and tension when I started practicing this!)


Another thing they said was "Source doesn't freak out about anything." They also said it in another way: "There is no tension in Source about anything." This is one of my favorite things to say when I see something that upsets me. They also said "Source is on it!" This is my go-to statement when I start to worry.





Another thing that has been magnificently helpful and magical is something called the "I AM Principles," taught by Harrison Klein. I discovered Harrison when Jeneth Blackert interviewed him on her teleseminar series. Her series is called the New Wealth Experience, where she does interviews with spiritual teachers about wealth and spirituality. I had never heard of her before, and I've only listened to a few minutes of only one of her interviews previously, but I felt compelled to listen to this one.


I was so inspired and immediately felt the power of the I AM Principles, which are simply statements that you start with the words I AM. For example, I Am Love, I Am Joy, I Am Peace...You can also say things like I Am richly supplied, I Am divinely guided, I Am talented, etc. It's all about the state of being that you feel when you say them.


I've been playing with statements like: I Am clear and bright. I Am abundant, I Am Love, I Am Peace...It has only been a few days and I can already see so many changes. For example, for the last four or five days, I've been decluttering everything! I've felt so compelled to get rid of old things that I don't need or want. I found a check for $105 from last May that I never deposited! I feel compelled to eat more fresh veggies. I watched a video on hypnosis yesterday and I heard it mentioned twice more today!


I feel so blessed with all these fresh insights and I'm sharing them here so that you can be blessed also! This is just a sampling of everything I've been learning and integrating lately, and I'll definitely be sharing more!


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