“The degree of difficulty in creating what we want lies within our belief about the difficulty or possibility of creating it.”—Pamala Oslie
Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
This is a classic of Consciousness literature, a novel that may or may not in fact be truthful, an autobiography of sorts by a man reflecting on his encounters with a mysterious mentor in a gas station in Berkeley CA during the time the author was a student and star gymnast at the University of California. This mystical journey, which was made into a popular feature film starring Nick Nolte as the wizened teacher, is a powerful revelation about the path to awareness and oneness. An engrossing and fun read, it informs while it entertains.
You can find this book at www.Manifestbooks.com
For the last 25 years, a group of women in Southern California have gotten together about every four months to Clothes Swap! This is a wonderful experience for any women who doesn’t have a lot of money, but just loves the chance to wear something new (to her at least!) on no budget. I’ve been privileged to have participated for the 12 or 14 years once or twice a year. I take all of my unwanted old clothes still in good condition (some that I may have only worn once or twice or no longer fit me) and dump them into the giant communal pile. Then throughout the evening we take turns acting like Jay Leno or David Letterman, cracking jokes about the items–and holding them up for the bidding. The first person who claims an item, gets it unless she already has a large pile and the second bidder has very small one. People take back-up claims in case the item doesn’t fit the person who claimed it. At the end of the night we take our piles to the mirror to try the clothes on, and if they don’t fit we pass them to the second bidder, or put them in the bag to go to the women’s shelter. This way, we discover new treasures that bolster our closet and our self-esteem and everyone comes out a winner! So why not try this with your girlfriends? Your clothes will get a second life, you might get some lovely items, your friends will go away happen, and even the women at your local shelter will benefit! Happy clothes swapping!
So many of us live in a place of hesitancy about our lives. We’re not exactly sure we are who we want to be. We’re not really clear on what we want or where we want to go. We’re not convinced we really deserve what we desire. We might be beaten up by childhood experiences or failed relationship so we are afraid to go boldly into the world. We often do the shuffle and the two step so that we don’t have to really make a stand. That might be risky and terrifying. People might figure out we’re a fraud!
Aha! But let me clue you in….Hesitancy is a curse. Remember: He who hesitates is lost! Being neither here nor there means that you are not fully alive. You’re in a state of limbo that doesn’t allow you to grow. To grow means that you must throw off the fear and the reluctance, and actually take a stand!
Even if you are not yet sure of where you are headed or what you have to do to advance or who you yet want to be, you can begin to grow by declaring what you know to be true and what you want to be true! These are called POWER PRONOUNCEMENTS! And they are like affirmations on steroids!
It’s time you shed your cloak and come out into the light. Declare yourself!
POWER PRONOUNCEMENTS BEGIN:
Getting the idea? Sit down and make a list of the Power Pronouncements that resonate with you and address the areas that you do indeed feel “weak” or “unfulfilled.” These are the areas that need shoring up! Break these declarations down into each of these five categories based on what you aspire to be, do and experience.
Now here’s the thing once you do that.
Step One is to say these into the mirror or yell them out loud in your backyard. Step Two is to declare them boldly and courageously to a friend, a spouse or a partner. Yes, this means you have to abandon your anonymity and really risk embarrassing yourself! But here’s the good part, by stating these things before others and God, you are more than halfway committed to believing them and making them come true! You’re increasing the odds that you can in fact manifest what you have stated! Begin believing that you are what you declare.
Step Three …Now when you’ve practiced and gained your confidence, you are truly ready to reveal your new and powerful self: GO SAY THESE POWER PRONOUNCEMENTS TO A CROWD!
You can do it…You really are who you declare yourself to be…or you are at last on the way there!
I am a collector and organizer by nature. When I find something I like, I have a tendency to go a bit overboard. J My most recent collection is of pretty, colorful suncatchers; they hang from about every eave on my house! I currently also collect unique roses, crystal animals and mineral spheres. All of these bring me joy.
But probably the most valuable collection I have is the collection of wisdom that I have been amassing from the spiritual self-help books that I have been reading over the past four years. Each time I read something that rings true for me personally— something that I need to remember for my growth–I highlight it in yellow and when I complete the book, transfer it to a compilation on my computer. This list is such a wealth of gifts! I periodically re-read the list to brush up on ways that I can live a more conscious and directed life. Here are all the tips that I find most useful and vital all in one place. It’s like sorting through the grains of sand and picking out the truest gems that resonate with me, setting them aside just for my use. I can then open up my treasure chest occasionally and appreciate my riches. I hope that this suggestion is one that can allow you to hold onto and focus on the wisdom most useful for you, too!
In light and love,