Power

Raising My Consciousness One Word at a Time

Power- the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality.

Each of you has the power to affect the world. You may not be conscious of it but it exists.  It allows you to overcome the feelings of being powerless.  If you listen to the media message that is sent to you every day it is designed to make you feel powerless. Events are reported to make the world seem big and out of your realm.  That is a perspective that is advantageous to an industry.  If you feel powerless, you look for comfort, buy things you don’t need, do what you’re told to do to protect yourself.  In short, it is easy to manipulate a person who feels powerless.  Worry comes directly from this belief.  But you have power and can affect how you look at and act with life.

Acceptance

Acceptance is the Opposite of Judgment
Acceptance means that you are doing the best that you can with what you have

Many of my difficulties in life have come from a lack of acceptance. Whether it was not accepting someone else’s behavior, my circumstances or just the way events have played out. My lack of acceptance has and always will lead to difficulties. Acceptance is the opposite of judgment, the positive side to that negative coin.

Moving Past the Judgment

2664d0e2789d58be9784c145b6b47963It is in our nature to judge others, we do it naturally, judging someone else’s behavior, actions, motives or past. It is a biological need to do this because it will help protect you from harmful situations and people and of course this is important to your survival.

It really jumps out at you when you observe people being judgmental about the behavior of others. It seems that today the judgments of others are high and the reactions to others are based on  blind judgment and hate, it stands out and makes you wonder why it is that way. When you judge someone else in this manner you define yourself, not them. I think it is important to remember this.

Super Hilton

Yesterday I had one of the most interesting visitors I ever experienced.  It was from my 10-year-old self and it was eye opening to remember how great that person was and even better to know that all of the great things about him

Super Hilton at a summer camp in the Maine, 1977. (back row 8th from left and right, dead middle)

are still there inside of me now 40 years later.

The Dark Gift

box of darkness “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”― Mary Oliver

All experiences in life are an opportunity for growth and learning. The person you are today has been built brick by brick from the things that you have gone through both good and bad.  Those things that were not so enjoyable or were extremely painful are often considered darkness and the darkness that comes into our lives can be difficult to get rid of even many years later. Unfortunately, as we are going through these dark times there is no real way to gauge the benefits that are coming to us down the road, but that doesn’t make the value any less tangible.  What makes a situation dark? Is it something that another has done to us? or is it our own weakness and inability to say goodbye and move on?

Harmony

Word of the Day

Harmony- a pleasing combination or arrangement of different things.

In order to have a combination or arrangement of different things, you have to allow different things into your life.  Harmony occurs in everyone’s life at some point.  Some days things flow easily and others it is like you are stuck in the mud.  The reason for this is based solely on your attitude and decisions.  How you choose to look at situations and people in your day will determine the harmony you experience.  Being aware of your power to create or destroy harmony in your life should allow for a higher level of consciousness.  This begins with a focus on the harmony you are creating for yourself and others who have the joy or misery to deal with you daily.  It all begins with a hard look at your thoughts, words, and actions today.  Do you create harmony or discourse in life? 

Our Judgments

Why We Judge

It can be so easy to look at someone else’s life and quickly dissect all they are doing wrong or at least could be doing better. Their lives seem a simple puzzle. They are too lazy, too rich, too poor, don’t care enough, or care too much. People look so quickly and coldly that they never really see the harm that judgment can do to their own lives.

Core Beliefs

BeliefMinds work overtime, sometimes and I wrote this list originally several years ago but continually update my core beliefs as new evidence and experience prove old ideas in need of tweaking or total replacement. So here are the current version of MY CORE BELIEFS. Presented in no particular order, here are a few of the things that I hold as truths for my life.

We Are All Connected

Call it God, the Universe, or whatever your religion dictates, but to me, we are all connected through divine order.  All people contain the same abilities for great love, and equal power to commit evil.  That is just a part of this crazy game called life.

Avoid the Negative Noise

Keeping it All Positive

challengesNo matter how confident and successful you are, life has a way of throwing challenges your way that will push you to make decisions every day which redefines who you are.  In everyone’s life, there are going to be events that force a constant expression of this experience.

In the end, even after facing a challenge I like to think that we have become a more galvanized feeling of who we are, and we hold on to beliefs with a more critical and realistic passion.

Fear

Word of the Day

Fear- an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat.

FearOne of the most difficult things that face people in life is fear. It is a tough foe because it can rise up in any area of your life and at any moment.  Experiences in life can cause pain and we are designed to want to avoid pain. So a traumatic experience at any age can cause fear to rise in your mind. Fear can either be a motivator or a limiter in what you can and will accomplish in life.  Once you have been hurt, most people go to great lengths to avoid a repeat.  Raise your consciousness today about the fear in your life. Look at where you are limited and the fear behind it in your thoughts, words, and actions.  By recognizing the fear and understanding its cause, the fear can be overcome and even eliminated. Be fearless.

Mirror, Mirror

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I was thinking about honesty today and wondering why we do the things we do and speak certain words. Am I sincere? Is that really what I think? Most people go through an entire day and never consider the honesty or value that their words contain. Do you?

No Regrets

Don't Regret the Past
A Ship Carrying A Choice You Made

I was having a discussion with a friend the other day about all of the things we had done that in retrospect seemed like bad ideas.

Failed relationships, poor decisions, wrong turns on the path of life all came up, and my friend said the magic phrase, “If I knew then what I know now, things would be different.  If I could only do it all over again.”   That thought is probably one that everyone has had at some point in their lives.  I, myself, have thought this before, but not any longer.

Fear or Love

To fear or to love?

You May Disagree
You May Disagree

All situations in life can be broken down into a simple choice. Will you think and act out of fear? Or will you think and act out of love?

I believe that EVERYTHING you think will make a difference in your life.  I believe this because of a lifetime of experience and entertaining the wrong types of thoughts.  Basically, I lived much of my life under the influence of fear but have chosen to make a change and look at things with thoughts of love.

The Health of Expressing Yourself

How does an event or situation make you feel?

Research indicates that in many cases when people are feeling physical pain, general malaise and chronic weariness the cause can be linked to unexpressed emotion.  As a society, and especially as men, we are not taught how to properly express our feelings or even to notice the message they are trying to send us.