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In this post we will cover three more Principles of Affirmations bringing the total so far up to 12. You may notice that it is becoming easier for you to write these life-changing statements as you practice more. Like everything else, it does get easier with time and practice. Have you started to notice any changes in your life experience since beginning this practice? I would love to hear from you if you have any comments or questions.

Let’s get into this group of Principles.

Short & sweet

Short & sweet

to the Point

The idea is to keep your affirmations “short and sweet”. It is always better to state them concisely. Unnecessary words diminish the power of your statements.

For example:
“I am strong and healthy.” vs. “My body is becoming stronger and more and more healthy every day.”

“I have wonderful, loving relationships.” vs. “I am learning to be more loving in my relationships and so I attract loving partners.”

Expressing the heart of what you want, the essence of your meaning, creates the strongest affirmations. This can take some practice.You may notice that the extra words qualify the concise statement and steal some of its punch.

Sometimes, it is hard to accept and believe the concise affirmation. So to make it useful initially you may have to add some modifiers as shown above. This is fine as long as you understand what you are doing and eliminate those extra words when they become unnecessary.

The ultimate concise affirmation is: “I AM”. Depending on your point of view, this says everything or nothing.


Improve with practice

Improve with practice

Practiced

It is best to repeat your affirmation over and over to yourself. The more times you can repeat it the better. Just don’t let it become something you say without conscious thought and feeling. Make sure you think about what you are saying and engage the associated positive feelings when you say it.

Look for times throughout your day when you can repeat them to yourself. When you are by yourself, it may help to repeat them out loud. There are numerous opportunities to reinforce these affirmations every day: while you are waiting on the phone, or for an elevator, in a line, while you are driving, during the commercials on TV, while doing any mindless task like household chores, etc. You will find dozens of times throughout the day.

Remember the old story about the young man who was lost in NYC and asked an elderly man: “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” The answer was: “Practice, young man, practice, practice, practice.” There is a lot of wisdom in old jokes.

Just know that the negative statements you have been making to yourself for years have a big head start. They have become habitual thoughts because you repeated them so many times. Now, by repeating these affirmations, you are reversing the tide and making these conscious statements habitual. Pretty soon they will become automatic and replace the old self-critical thinking.


Private - Shhh!

Shhhh!

Private

Do not share your affirmations with anyone except those who you are certain will understand what you are trying to accomplish and support you. And even then keep the number of people with whom you share very small. It would really be best if you just kept it a secret from everyone.

Putting these thoughts ‘out there’ at this stage of the game will dilute their power for you. This is a sacred activity you are conducting with and for yourself. Keep it to yourself for now.

A year from now if a good friend asks you how you made that big change in your life so easily, feel free to share the idea with them and refer them to these blog posts.


 

That makes 12

That makes 12

Final Episode Coming

That makes 12 Principles of affirmations so far. Like a dozen roses, they can beautify your experience of life. Use them and they will become more powerful for you. Take these three new ideas and review the affirmations you have written so far. Update them, be sure to practice them and keep them to yourself.

In the next post, we’ll wrap up the list of 15 Principles.

 

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When I first learned this list of qualities of affirmations, there were three P’s. As I started writing about affirmations in my book, Affirmative Prayer, the list grew to 10 P’s. As I have begun writing these blogs, the list has now grown to 15. Are they all necessary? Well, you can write good affirmations with just the first three. But if you want to access all the power available, you have to consider all 15 P’s when you write your affirmations.

Let’s consider three more of them now.

Point A to Point B

Point A to Point B

Product/Process

Most affirmations focus on the ‘product’, what you want to be, do, or have in your life. I know that if there is something I have wanted to have in my life for a while, then there is something I need to do that I have not been doing. When I start doing this ‘something’, what I want will begin to show up. This is the ‘process’ I am referring to here. How do you become great at anything? Practice, practice, practice.

Where you are now is point A. Where you want to ‘be’ is point B. The process is what you have to do to get from A to B. I recommend that you write an affirmation about the product, your final goal, and the process you will use to get there. You may want to change the process affirmation as you get closer and closer to the final goal.

If I want the ‘product’, I have to do the ‘process’. It’s that simple. For the most part, I know what that process is. If not, then I can use an affirmation like:

I feel great now that I am clear about what I need to do to (fill in your ‘product’).

If I do know what it is that I have to do, then I use an affirmation for doing this enthusiastically, skillfully and joyfully on a daily/regular basis like:

I love doing my creative writing for at least an hour every day.

There is an old truism: “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.” If you want something different, you have to do something different.


Take a small step today

Take a small step today

Petite

I know. This one sounds counter-intuitive. You are working on something that is important to you. It is almost certainly a BIG goal, something you REALLY want. So why am I telling you to write something ‘petite’?

Well, it turns out that the best way to achieve a BIG goal is in small steps. One of the reasons that you haven’t achieved this goal yet may be that it feels  s-o-o-o-o BIG to you. It may be that every time you think about it, the voice in your head says: “I can’t do THAT!” It just feels so BIG!

By breaking the goal down into small bite size pieces, or smaller, to nibble size. It becomes something you can’t not do. For example, if you want to run a marathon but you don’t even walk regularly now, in addition to having an affirmation about running a marathon (product), and one about loving to run (process), it may be useful to have one about walking around the block three times a week. After the first successful week, you can uPdate (see below) it to walking around two blocks if that feels appropriate. Then week-by-week you increase it till you are running a mile. Then before too long you are signing up for a marathon.

This affirmation should be for one that you are not doing now but is so do-able that you can’t imagine not doing it. This way you build up a habit of success.

 


Updates improve your affirmations

Updates improve your affirmations

uPdated

Once again, I am using poetic license to include uPdated as one of my ‘P’rincples for constructing great affirmations. Now if I can just convince my spell checker that it’s OK. This ‘P’rinciple indicates that it is not only OK to modify your affirmation as you continue to use it, you should actually expect to do so from time to time. In other words, you should never write your affirmations in pen, much less in stone. They are meant to be changed as you evolve.

This is an important rule for two reasons. First, your understanding of the proper application of all these ‘P’rincples will evolve with time. That’s fine. That is part of the learning. As your understanding evolves, and as your appreciation for what sounds and feels right to you deepens, you will learn to write affirmations that serve you better.

In addition, as your affirmation begins to work, you will find yourself moving towards your ultimate goal, so you will want to change the affirmation as you change.

Finally, you should not allow a fear that you can’t write the perfect affirmation keep you from using affirmations now. Because any imperfect, consciously written affirmation will be infinitely better than what you are unconsciously telling yourself now. As you practice you will do better as with all skills.


Coming next

Coming next

Coming up

So far, we have considered 9 of the Principles of writing your own affirmations. The next post will take you up to an even dozen. For now, go back and look at the affirmations you have written so far and see how you can improve them by applying the new Principles we covered here: Product/Process, Petite, and uPdated.

Practice repeating your affirmations to yourself as many times a day as you can: when you are waiting on the phone, or for a traffic light, or doing something that does not require your full attention. As you repeat them, feel how joyful, proud, and free you will be when this is part of your life. Don’t wait till then to feel it, feel it now.

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In the previous post we discussed the first three P’s of affirmations: Personal, Positive and Present tense. I hope you practiced writing some affirmations according to those guidelines.

Now let’s move on to three more “P’s” of writing good affirmations. For the next one I used my self-awarded poetic license:

Specific

Be clear about what you want

sPecific

You must be clear about exactly what you want and describe it to yourself in detail as if you were telling someone else who was going to get it for you. It may take some time to get really clear about what you want, but you won’t get there until you start. If you don’t really know what you want, then almost anything will do.

Don’t expect yourself to get it perfect the first time. Don’t be concerned about getting some of the details wrong at first or changing your mind about some aspect later on. You can, and should, refine your affirmations as often as seems appropriate. Try to pick a description you can be happy with for a while, but when it doesn’t feel right, change it.

If there is an aspect (color, model, size, etc.) which is important to you, then you should specify this in your affirmation. But if some aspects of it don’t matter to you, just ignore them.

While you need to clearly specify what you want, you should avoid dealing with how it should come to you. For example, do not mention people who should or shouldn’t be involved in bringing it to you.

“I want a blue Toyota Prius 2-3 years old with AC, power windows and power steering.” instead of “I want a good car.” 


 

Possible

Choose the Possible

Practical/Possible

Since this is something that you want and don’t have now, what you describe should be a ‘stretch’ but not so much that you can’t imagine it happening to you. It must be a realistic stretch, it should be possible for you.

If what you really want is a very big goal viewed from where you are right now, then you should break it down into a series of manageable, realistic, goals that are just believable from where you stand right now.

 “My income has increased by 50% within 6 months.” instead of “I am a millionaire within 5 years.” 

Note: in the above example, it would be better to specify an exact dollar amount so that your mind doesn’t have to remember where you started and do calculations each time you repeat this. Also, a specific date is much better than an amount of time because the latter keeps it always 6 months or 5 years away.


 

Passionate

Fire Up Your Passion

Passionate

You must be able to engage the powerful, positive feelings that you will have when this affirmation becomes part of your present reality. You should include words in your affirmation that express those feelings so they are active every time you repeat the affirmation.

The specific description of the goal provides the direction for your actions and the passion provides the power to drive you there. You will get where you want to be much faster and easier if you regularly fully engage these feelings.

 “I am overjoyed that my book, Affirmative Prayer, is published by Hay House.” rather than “My book has been published.” 


 

Next man (nasirkhan)

Coming Attractions

Coming Next

Now that you have three more of the P-guidelines for writing a good affirmation, go back to the affirmations you wrote based on only the first three P’s and see if you can improve them. Notice how different the affirmations can feel when you use all six of these principles.

In the next post we will cover three more of these P-rinciples for a total of 9. You are going to be so good at writing affirmations when we finish this.

 

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In the previous post, we considered the value and importance of affirmations. The basic characteristics of writing an affirmation for yourself are that it must be: Personal, Positive and in the Present tense. These are the first three P’s that characterize a good affirmation. There are 15 all together.

I button - Orlando Rosu

Personal

Personal

This means that it has to clearly refer to you. The best way to do that is to start with the word “I” and make some statement about yourself. For example:

I am on time” instead of “It is good to be on time”

You may initially feel uncomfortable with a Personal statement like this because many of us were taught as children to be humble and not talk about ourselves. This doesn’t apply here because you should keep your affirmations almost exclusively to yourself. With practice you will get used to talking about yourself to yourself. This may lead to talking more about yourself to others. This can be a good thing in moderation, but only share your affirmations with your very closest friends, if anyone.


I'm Possible - hatchapong

Positive

Positive

The affirmation is a positive/affirmative statement about what you want rather than what you don’t want. For example:

“I am always on time” instead of “I am never late”

We are so used to talking to ourselves and others about what we DON’T want that it can be difficult to say what we do want. When I wanted to quit smoking, I found it very difficult to state what I DID want rather than saying: “I am not smoking”. I finally wound up using: “I breathe clean, fresh air.”

This is important because our mind thinks with images and there is no image of a negative like “not smoking”. So we wind up with a mental image of smoking, which reinforces the behavior we are trying to eliminate. Make positive statements about yourself. Encourage those around you to speak about what they want rather than what they don’t want. That eliminates a lot of complaining from our conversations which is a good thing.


NOW - Frank Peters

Present tense

Present tense

This requires your statement to be about what you desire in your present condition rather than something you plan to achieve in the future. For example:

“I am always on time” instead of “I will be on time” or “I want to be on time”

This may feel difficult at first because when you first say: “I am always on time”, you are not, which is why you are saying this. But this is not a lie. You are saying this to yourself. If you said it to your boss now, that would be a lie. If you said it to yourself to try to make an excuse, that would be a lie. But in this case you are saying it to yourself to improve your behavior. This is another reason to be careful about sharing these affirmations. Keep repeating your affirmation to yourself and you will soon feel more comfortable telling yourself this.

This is important because statements about the future are not in the present moment and when we make a present tense statement, our mind starts looking for ways to make it true right now. If you say it in the future tense, it will always be in the future and will not become a reality for you. If you say it as a “want”, it will remain something that you want rather than something you have or are.

This may set off a flurry of arguments in your mind. If you can’t work past those inner critical voices, you may need to rewrite your affirmation to focus on the process of becoming what you want to be. For example:

“I am focused on always being on time” or “I am learning to always be punctual.”

Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions

Coming Up

In the next post I will discuss a few more of the P’s of writing a good affirmation. In the meantime, see what you can do to begin with the first three: Personal, Positive, and Present tense. They are the basic building blocks of a great affirmation. Write three to five for things that you want to accomplish in your life and see how they feel. Repeat them throughout the day to yourself.

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Affirm what you want

Affirm what you want

Definition

An affirmation is a statement that you repeat to yourself to change your thinking about a particular issue. According to Dictionary.com it is “a statement that is declared to be true”.

As we are using it here, an affirmation is not actually a true statement at the present moment. It is a statement of intention, a statement of what you intend to be true for you. Remember the basketball players who improved their foul shooting percentage by visualizing themselves being successful? [Basketball] They imagined themselves being 100% successful at making foul shots. And even though they knew this was not the case, the visualization practice improved their performance as much as players who spent the same amount of time physically practicing making foul shots.

A good affirmation is like the basketball visualization. It is a mental practice that will improve some aspect of your life. Affirmations can help you to achieve whatever you desire for yourself.

Characteristics of a good affirmation

While writing my book, Affirmative Prayer: Activating Your Divine Creative Power, I realized that an Affirmative Prayer is a series of affirmations assembled in a particular format. So I included a chapter on affirmations. I would like to share some of that information with you here.

When I first learned about affirmations, I was told they are constructed using three P’s: Personal, Positive, and Present tense. While writing my chapter on affirmations, I realized that there are actually 12 P’s which characterize a good affirmation.

How they work

When written and used properly (more on that in future posts), an affirmation directs your mind to:

  • find supporting evidence in your memories or in your daily life experience
  • find things that you need to do to make it so in physical reality
  • encourages you to take action
  • replaces the negative self-talk about this issue
  • builds your self-confidence in general and specifically regarding this issue.

When properly written and repeated several times a day with strong positive feelings, a good affirmation will take hold in your subconscious mind and open your eyes to the present possibilities, encourage you to do whatever you can to create more and more mini-successes every day until the affirmation is true. With impassioned repetition, the affirmation becomes a subconscious belief which then serves as one of the mental operating principles in your life.

One reason that you are dissatisfied with certain aspects of your life now is that you have been unconsciously using the principles of affirmations in a negative way to create situations that you don’t like.

Examples of affirmations

The classic example of an affirmation was developed by Émile Coué  (1857 – 1926) a French psychologist and pharmacist who called the method optimistic autosuggestion. His standard affirmation was: “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”. He claimed that with the proper use of this affirmation he was able to heal most of his patients of all sorts of maladies including: kidney problems, diabetes, memory loss, stammering, weakness, atrophy and all sorts of physical and mental illnesses.

DO NOT read this as a suggestion to substitute affirmations for your physician’s medical advice. Working together the two are much more powerful.

Coming up

In the coming posts, I will introduce you to the 12 P’s of writing a good affirmation and give you some guidelines for how to use them.

In a previous post [An Ernest Quote] I invited you to identify an area of your life that you would like to improve. We will use these principles and guidelines for affirmations to help you achieve what you desire for this issue.

Learning to use this tool properly will take some time. Be patient. It took years of improper use of these tools to get to the point where you are now. If you stick with this, I promise you will begin to see results for yourself soon.

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Real or imagined; it's all the same

Real or imagined; it’s all the same

What are your thoughts?  

So what did you discover with your little self-inquiry? Were you able to define an area of your life that you would like to improve? Did you notice the nature of the thoughts and feelings that you have about that area of your life? If your thoughts and feelings were mostly negative, for example, what you don’t have, what you can’t do, what you did wrong, the unloving way that you were treated, etc., those thoughts and feelings are not helping you. In fact, you are shooting yourself in the foot by allowing these thoughts and feelings to continue without challenging them.

It works for athletes, it’ll work for you too

There have been many studies which show that our thoughts and feelings affect our performance. There is a classic study of basketball players that showed that players who vividly imagined successfully shooting foul shots (but didn’t touch a basketball) improved their performance as much as players who actually practiced shooting foul shots for the same amount of time. This is commonly summarized by saying that our brains don’t know the difference between a “real” experience and one that is vividly imagined. They have the same effect on the structure and function of our brains.

Professional athletes and performers know this and so they focus their thoughts and feelings on successful achievement of their goals. They practice their physical skills AND over and over they visualize themselves successfully doing whatever they are trying to do all the while feeling the feelings of success.

What we don’t want

As Ernest Holmes said: “…the power which appears to bind us is the only power in the universe which can free us…” So if we keep thinking negative thoughts about ourselves, we get more of what we don’t want. To change this we need to change our thinking.

The next step

To begin this process for yourself, you can start to disarm that critic that lives in your head. For the next few days, carry a notepad and pen with you and make a list of all the very small to very large successes that you have had in the area of your life where you want to see further improvements. Consider it a success every time you tried to make an improvement even if your attempt didn’t seem to work. Edison had thousands of “unsuccessful” attempts to make the electric light bulb. Every person who has successfully accomplished anything substantial will tell you that they had numerous attempts before they succeeded. Make note of any progress you have made no matter how small it might seem. Be sure an include things that you tried that did work. Also include the fact that you are persistently trying to improve this area of your life. You’re still working at it now.

Next up – 

 Affirmations are a powerful tool for refocusing your thinking from what you don’t want to what you do want.
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worried couple

Worry and fear are seeds that create their own fruit.

Who Was Ernest?
Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) was a spiritual philosopher who wrote over a dozen powerful books. His major contribution to the “New Thought” movement is entitled The Science of Mind. This book launched the spiritual phase of my life. The book is filled with powerful, transformative ideas some of which still amaze me after reading them again and again. Here is one of them:

“In our ignorance of the truth, we have misused the highest power we posses. And so great is this power – so complete is our freedom in it, so absolute the domain of law through it – that the misuse of this power has brought upon us the very conditions from which we suffer. We are bound because we are first free; the power which appears to bind us is the only power in the universe which can free us. … And so we suffer, not because suffering is imposed upon us, but because we are ignorant of our true nature.” [The Science of Mind, pg. 36-7]

Think about that quote, what does it mean to you and how does it apply to your life?

What Does This Mean?
So all of our “suffering and hardships” are caused by our misuse of a power which creates these so-called problems according to the way we misuse it. Most of us misuse this facility because we are unaware of its existence, much less, its power. This ‘misused’ power that Ernest is referring to is our own thinking, our consciousness, our deepest beliefs and attitudes along with their accompanying emotions. While this may have been a secret centuries ago, the secret is out now.

Our consciousness, our thinking and feelings, is the major (some would say the only) determinant of our life experience. For example, if you are experiencing financial lack and limitation, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about your bills and the fact that you don’t have enough money all the while feeling fearful, sad, confused, or hopeless. You might say that the thoughts and feelings are caused by the situation, but what if the reverse was true?

This may sound weird to you if you are hearing it for the first time. But it can change your experience of life if you learn to use it correctly. It’s changed my life experience profoundly.

The first step is to identify one area of your life that you want to work on: your health, finances, relationships, career, social life or anything else. The more specific you can be the better. What area of you life would you like to improve?

Now for a few days pay attention to all your thoughts and feelings about that area of your life. Write them down. Carry a little notepad or piece of paper with you and whenever you have a thought or feeling about that area of your life, write it down. Also make note of the accompanying emotion. Start to notice if there are any patterns to your thoughts and feelings.

What’s Next?
In the next post we will consider what to do with whatever you learn from this exercise.

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God is Infinite

A small part of INFINITY

God is Infinite …

This idea that God/Spirit/Higher Power is infinite is such a powerful idea precisely because most people already accept it and because it leads to so many meaningful lessons. Although most people would agree that their concept of a Higher Power includes the idea that God is infinite, many of us haven’t thought about what that really means to us.

If we all really get this idea at the deepest level, it would transform our lives, our relationships, our societies, and our world. So, if you think about it now, what does it mean to you that Spirit (or whatever name you choose) is infinite?

 All of it, absolutely ALL …

Quite simply, it means that God is everythingevery thing. It means that everything in the entire universe is part of It, part of God. There can not even be one electron in all the universe which is not part of It, because then It would no longer be infinite.

And, if there is any thing outside of this universe, that must also be part of an infinite Spirit.

If you accept the idea that God is infinite, I invite you to fully embrace all that this means (the infinity of meaning). First, it means that you, each and every one of you, are part of God, part of the infinite. How could it be otherwise?

The infinite, infinity, these are mathematical concepts. While the full implications of infinity are impossible to grasp with our finite minds, the meaning is unambiguous. That which is infinite includes everything, period. No exceptions, no fine print, no restrictions, no asterisks. If there is anything outside of God, then It is not infinite.

The fact that you are part of this Infinite Loving Presence is not dependent on your beliefs, your history, your successes or failings, your religion, how often you pray, or anything else. This is basic mathematical logic, not supposition or belief. Since everything must be part of that which is infinite and since you are present in the universe now (and therefore part of everything), you must be part of God. [By the way, if you initially agreed that you believe that God is infinite, you don’t get to change your belief now that you know that this means that you are part of God.]

 How Could That Be?

This idea may raise a lot of questions for you like: “How could I be part of God if I did/said/thought … (fill in the blank with your worst example)?” or “If I am part of God how come this terrible thing … (fill in the blank with your worst example) happened to me or someone I love?” I will answer these and similar questions in the next post. These are important issues which must be addressed. For now, sit with the idea that you are part of the Infinite Spirit of the Universe and see what that brings up for you. What if it really was true? What would that mean to you? How does it feel to you?

But wait, there’s more …

So, since you are part of God, part of All-That-Is, you have access to all that It is. You have access to It’s wisdom, It’s abundance, It’s energy, It’s peace, It’s joy, It’s creativity, It’s Love, etc. Therefore, we are all capable of much more than we can imagine.

A fish swimming in the Chesapeake Bay has access to the waters around India since all the oceans are interconnected. In the same way, each of us has access to all parts and all aspects of the Infinite. Nothing is withheld by Spirit.

There are two ways in which we are limited in what we can access from the Infinite: one is structural and absolute, the other is mental and relative.

The structural limits are due to the fact that we are finite and Spirit is infinite. There are aspects of the Divine which we can’t emulate since we are not It. Just as a radio cannot receive TV signals, just as a drop of ocean water (or even a gallon) cannot create waves, we cannot manifest all the magnificence of Spirit. These limits are the same for all of us.

The mental limits are self-imposed by our beliefs. Our beliefs are powerful determinants of what we experience and what we allow ourselves to attempt. If you believe that you are not good at math, or that you can’t manage money, or that you are unlovable, these beliefs will determine what you let yourself try to achieve and what you experience. These limits are relative and may be different for everyone even though there are many that we share. When you discover that you have one of these or numerous other self-limiting beliefs, you can change it and thereby change your experience of that area of life.

What Else?

It’s all of us and everything else too.

What else is part of God? Quite simply, since It is infinite, the whole universe and everything in it must be part of Spirit. Everyone (every one) and everything (every thing) in your life (and mine) must also be part of It. This includes all the people and things we like and all that we don’t like – it’s all part of the Infinite. Otherwise, Spirit would not be infinite. Furthermore, since Spirit is infinite, we are all part of the same Whole. We are all connected in ways that our physical senses don’t reveal. So, just as spiritual masters have all said, it is impossible to hurt anyone or anything that you might be upset with now without also harming yourself and all that you do care about. It’s like having parts of the ocean that you love and parts that you hate and then pouring poison into the parts that you hate. You just wouldn’t do that because you know that the poison would also affect all the parts of the ocean that you love because it is all one big ocean. Well, the same is true of the entire universe.

What To Do?

This doesn’t mean that you have to like or love everyone or everything right now. The people and things that you don’t like, for now, just accept them as part of God’s big plan and do what you can in a loving way to open your heart to them. Pouring out anger, judgment, resentment, and hatred on them is like pouring poison into your own living space. It just doesn’t make sense. We will consider this more deeply in a later post.

Bottom line: There is only one God/Spirit/Higher Power, just one, only one, AND It is everyone and everything, It is the entire universe. It is infinite and we are all part of It.

Your comments are appreciated.

Next Up –

In the next post, I discuss my philosophy of how we can all be part of the Divine despite our failings, which appear less than Divine.

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The Big Bang

The Big Bang

– My vision –

for this blog is to provide a space where we can consider, share, and discuss spiritual ideas that are important, ideas that give us the opportunity to unify our split identities – to heal ourselves. I’ll share my ideas and I hope you will respond with your comments and ideas so we can all learn and grow together.

You have probably heard the idea that we are spiritual beings having a human experience rather than human beings having a spiritual experience. Whether one or both of these is so, most of us hold our humanity and our spirituality as separate in much the same way as western society holds mind, body, and feelings as separate, independent, and unrelated. Both ideas of separation are incorrect. My goal for all of us is to live as integrated, whole beings using all that we are.

I will be sharing ideas here that are meaningful, valuable, and important to me. Some I believe are my ideas (but can’t be sure) and some come from great spiritual thinkers of recent times. I will definitely credit these teachers for their work. Some that have influenced me the most are (in no particular order): Ernest Holmes, Thomas Troward, Deepak Chopra, Neville, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Neale Donald Walsch, and many others. I have also been deeply influenced by of the findings of many great scientists that I will also refer to here. I hope to point out how science and spirituality are often pointing in the same direction.

A Thousand Names For God

Each spiritual tradition has its own name(s) for God. They all point to the same God.

I use some uncommon names for God that I want to clarify up front so they don’t create confusion. These unusual names are used intentionally, for specific reasons, and with the greatest possible love and respect for the Divine.

God as It??

You will notice in these posts that sometimes I refer to God or Spirit using the neuter pronoun It. Why “It”? That sounds disrespectful, doesn’t it? Frankly, I was shocked and offended by this usage when I first encountered it.

I grew up with God as a male: “He said … “, and “He did … “. All religious authority figures were male and most authority figures in other settings, except school, were male also. I now know that this was (and in some ways still is) an oppressive, patriarchal convention that hid the truth and deprived all of us of the ability to appreciate who we are in fullness. So, I won’t follow that outdated convention.

I also don’t like referring to the Divine using a combination of male and female pronouns (e.g., He/She, S/He, or alternating between He and She, etc.) because this implies that Spirit is some combination of male and female attributes. In contrast, I believe that It is something much greater than that. My strong intention is to always capitalize the word it when referring to God out of the deepest respect and yet sometimes I might slip. If this usage of “It” bothers you, know that when I first encountered this way of referring to God, it made me  very uncomfortable also. But it did help me to begin to take a grander view of what I believed Spirit to be.

Other Names for God …

The word God has a lot of baggage associated with it because each of us has been taught some negative things about Spirit by some well-meaning but misinformed authority figures. The use of these other names gives us an opportunity to step back from that baggage and look at what we choose to believe about Spirit rather than continuing to believe what we were taught so long ago if those lessons no longer serve us. So from time to time, I will use other words or phrases to refer to God like Spirit, Absolute Love, The One, The Creator, Divine Mind, etc. These alternate names avoid the old baggage and  emphasize a relevant aspect of the nature of Spirit for the discussion at hand.

How does this all feel to you? Give yourself a chance to see how you feel referring to Divine Love by some of Its many beautiful names.

– The Nature of God – 

I want to begin a discussion on the nature of God, the Divine. This is obviously a HUGE topic that cannot be covered in one lifetime, much less one small blog post. Volumes have been written about this topic and still there is so much that isn’t yet clear enough, isn’t yet part of how we live our lives. So, this will be a central theme for many posts. Let’s begin.

Think About IT

What do you think?

What is the nature of God? What do you think? It is such an important and foundational question. I invite you to take a moment now and think about your answer to that question. You might want to journal on that idea today. One of my favorite quotes related to this is from Albert Einstein: “The most important question you can ask yourself is: Is the universe a friendly place.” What do you think?

Apologies –

If you encounter this blog during June and July of 2017, please accept my apologies as I am in the process of revising it and there may be some inconsistencies during this time. My hope is that the new version will be more enjoyable for you.

 Thanks for your patience.

– Next – 

In the next post, I will share with you what I consider to be one of the most significant aspects of the nature of God. I believe that most people who believe in any form of God or Higher Power would agree that their concept of God includes the idea that God is infinite. Do you agree with that? If not, why not? If so, what does it mean to you in your daily life to believe in an Infinite Divine Being?

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