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The celebration of Easter represents the rising in consciousness from believing you are a body, to the rebirth of awakening to who you are as a divine, perfect, spiritual being. The cross symbolizes crossing over from your personality to awakening to your spiritual identity. The cross is the union of positive and negative, harmony and wisdom, life and death.

Easter is a universal festival. The ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, Norsemen and Scandinavians worshipped the Egg, thus, the symbol of the egg is a universal symbol. It represents life and fertility. The word Easter closely resembles names of different Pagan goddesses—Ishtar, Ostara, and the Greek Astarte. All the ancient stories centered upon birth, death and rebirth. Then for the world of Christians, what sets Jesus apart from other stories and traditions? This is the Mystery of Easter. This is the Passion of the Cross. This sets apart the believers from the non-believers.

Many times my pastor would say “God decided to walk on earth so put Himself in a body called Jesus.” Jesus came and fulfilled the ancient prophecies. Jesus was the living symbol of all the ancient traditions, beliefs and rituals. He brought the ancient celebrations into the body and lived them, explaining the living significance and how we are all connected to the same vibration and Universal Consciousness. He was the flesh and blood of God. And to this day, intellectuals, philosophers and scientists are still arguing and trying to figure out if He really did resurrect His physical body after the crucifixion.

The late Dr. Gene Scott wrote a series of articles titled, Jesus Christ: Super-Nut or Super-Natural. In these articles he explains that after the resurrection of Jesus, His appearance to Peter and then 500 followers, the apostles went forth into the world to proclaim the teachings of Christ and how He rose from the dead. All the disciples died terrible deaths because of their beliefs, yet never once swayed from their story. Dr. Scott writes: The disciples were either lying and knew it, or they were honest and truthful men reporting facts as they experienced them. Thus the fundamental issue of the resurrection boils down to the veracity of the reporters. If the disciples were dishonest men fabricating a story, however clever that may be, they deserve no respect. The other alternative is that these were HONEST MEN who reported on the most astounding fact of history. When this inevitable dichotomy closed in upon me in my experience, I had to settle the question myself…. and after three and a half years of hard study…. I was convinced I was confronting honest men giving honest reports of the astonishing happening of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Let this Easter be your day of rebirth and regeneration. Renew your life. Set new goals. Allow yourself to go within to your personal soul sanctuary where you can connect with the God of your Heart and say hello to your personal relationship with the Father of Lights.

Whatever your personal belief and experiences may be, I wish you joy, blessings and abundance for this beautiful time of year.

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One of the biggest challenges I see people dealing with when they want to create change is learning to be happy, or at least accept, where they are in life right now. How many times have you thought something like this: When I lose weight, I’ll be happy. When I finally have a relationship, I’ll be happy. When I have more money, I’ll be happy. When I move to a better location, I’ll be happy.

What’s your personal mantra for this? Fill in the blank for yourself: When ___________________, I’ll be happy.

All these conditions to personal happiness become the carrot being dangled out in front of you. You’re taking all your creative energy and sending it out to the future and leaving nothing to create with for the here and now. Your subconscious mind has been programmed on different levels.

Program #1) You can’t be happy right now because you haven’t met that goal.
Program #2) The belief states the goal is unattainable because so far, nothing has happened.
Program #3) There is something wrong with the way your life is today.

The first step to spiritual unfoldment is to learn to accept where you are in the moment. Once you do that the following realization is, you don’t have to stay there! By acknowledging the situations and circumstances that cause you to be unhappy is shining the light on them. Until now, you’ve been shoving them under the carpet, resisting them and wishing they’d just go away, while projecting all your feel good positive energy to some illusive time and place out into the future. This pattern gets exhausting and tends to create disease because you are not at ease in your thinking!

Does this mean you’ll never be able to create those changes? Of course not! But there is some housecleaning to be done! Are you ready? Let’s start some Mary Poppins music “Just A Spoonfull of Sugar” because this CAN be fun!

Grab your paper and pen. You’re going to create categories for the different aspects of your life. Examples:

Physical: Start with your body. Move out to your home. Your neighborhood etc. Write down what it is you don’t like about those things. Start the sentence with “I admit, I have uncomfortable feelings about……” and write them down. For instance: “I admit I have uncomfortable feelings about my weight….” By stating ‘I admit’ is akin to shining the light into a dark corner. You are acknowledging those thoughts and feelings are there. The moment you acknowledge their existence is the moment those conditions and circumstances begin to lose control over you. Take your time with this before moving to the next category.

Emotional: Write down the situations that push those emotional buttons. I admit, I get angry when I’m stuck in traffic, my boss yells at me, I admit I’m unhappy that I don’t have a relationship etc. Get them all out! The people and situations you are not neutral to – write them down!

Mental: What is the negative babble running through your mind? You know what I’m talking about, the negative self-talk that seems to flow so clear and strong. I admit I am tired of thinking I am unworthy. I admit I have negative thoughts about…you’re getting the idea now, aren’t you? That’s right!

Financial: Here’s a fun category! What can we find here? I admit I have fear about my bank account. Debt. Retirement. Write it all down. You want to purge yourself of all the uncomfortable feelings and beliefs that have been your personal roadblock to abundant living.

Spiritual: Are there stuck pictures in your subconscious mind about God and religion from your childhood? Do you believe you are not worthy to have a personal relationship with your Higher Self? Write this all down. Are you pissed at the Universe for the situation you are in today? You got it – write that down too!

Important next step! After you’ve written down what you are unhappy about from each category, go back and write down three to five aspects about those same things you are thankful for: I am grateful that I have a body. I love my eyes. I love the color of my living room walls in my home….see?. This is super important because one, you won’t be leaving yourself in a bummer state of mind after doing the exercise. And two, as you proclaim your thankfulness and gratitude for everything in your life you are actually blessing and energizing your life in the positive. You’ve finally moved onto the acceptance step and have started the process of abundant living! Now you can be at peace because you have allowed yourself to be there while knowing you can and will take the positive steps to create change. In the blog posts to come I’ll be helping you create practical goals to help you create your future how you want it to be!

If you are interested in receiving some personal help, I’m including a link to my Abundant Living Program: http://livingstonbousheyhypnosis.com/Sessions.html

And if anyone truly does want to sing while they do this exercise, I thought a dose of Mary would be fun. Enjoy!

 

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Healthy Soil 3

Healthy Soil 3 (Photo credit: NRCS SD)

The exercise I’m sharing today is an important step in the process of manifesting health, wealth and abundant living. I encourage you to give your ‘mock-up’ space the respect it deserves and you will reap the benefits of taking this extra time of preparation. It’s similar to the way farmers prepare the earth for planting. I used to watch this process every year on the farm where I grew-up. After the dormant winter months the farmers go into the fields turning over the soil. Then they’d walk the garden, picking out and throwing into a pile all the rocks that were brought up in the overturned dirt. It always amazed me how many rocks there were each year! It also explained why there are so many stone walls in New England – but that’s another story!

Tilling the soil before planting new crops is akin to tilling the soil of your subconscious mind. You want to uproot and cast aside the old, frozen stuck ways of thinking and feeling. These are the blocks, or, rocks, imbedded in your subconscious mind that create the belief thinking of lack and limitation. If you plant a new seed idea without clearing the soil, it most likely won’t sprout into what you desire. You need to clean out or destroy the old before bringing in, or creating, the new. This is the concept of creating and destroying.

Imagine you were given a bunch of money to buy a complete new wardrobe. When you get home from your shopping spree what must you do before putting away your new attire? You need to throw away the old worn clothing from the closet to make room for the new! The same is true for your subconscious mind; you need to clear out the closet of old thoughts of lack, limitation, poor health etc. before putting in the new thoughts of health, wealth and abundant living.

In my last post entry, Is It Okay To Want?,  the exercise was to write down different things you want to manifest in your life and to pay attention to the corresponding feelings around those desires. This brings us to exercise Number 2. I suggest you get a small notebook as you’ll be working with this for at least a week.

You’re going to take a walk through your life as it is, right now. I want you to write down all the uncomfortable thoughts, disappointments, feelings around every aspect of your life. This isn’t meant to be a bummer session! It’s important to acknowledge where you are in any given moment of time. In scripture it says “For nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hidden, that shall not be known and come to light.” Luke 8:17

Once you admit, which is to confess, how you feel about certain aspects of yourself and your life you allow yourself to realize you don’t need to stay in that state of mind any longer! It’s when we deny or pretend the complaints, worries, disappointments are NOT there is when we block ourselves from moving forward with positive change.

Exercise #2:

Get a notebook because you’ll be working with this for a week or more. Create categories to help keep your thoughts organized. Here’s an example.

Physical: Start with your body. How do you really feel about it? Unhappy with the tummy? Wish the legs were a bit more defined? Write down all the feelings and thoughts about your body. You can even begin with “I admit I have these thoughts and feelings….” because now you’ve brought it out into the light!

Move out to the place where you live. Your house or apartment. The neighborhood. Some things you have no control over and this isn’t about running away from situations. Again, it’s about acknowledging your thoughts and feelings.

What about your car or mode of transportation – write it all down!

Financial: What are your thoughts/feelings about your back account? Debt, your job or lack of employment? Get the idea?

Mental: What are your thoughts about yourself or the world around you? I admit I complain about this or that. I admit I don’t think very highly of myself. I feel inadequate when….

Spiritual: What are your beliefs about God? Do you have any? Do you believe you’re being punished? Not perfect enough? Are you angry at a particular church or priest or minister? Do you remember who you are as spirit? Write it down!

Again, the idea is to till the soil of your subconscious mind to bring up all the old stuck ways of thinking and feeling. After you’ve taken the time each day doing this, go back and write down the positive things in each category. This will help neutralize any discomfort during this important process. I like to end each session by blessing everything I have no matter how I feel about it at the time. And remember, once you truly accept where you are the good news is – you don’t have to stay there!

Have fun!

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