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The All Encompassing Light of a Smile

Posted by sibbia on November 6, 2007

The best purchase I’ve ever made was of a small book.  So tiny it was, about the size of a 3.5 by 5″ photograph, I practically discounted it when it finally arrived in the mail.  Opening its pages has opened my mind and I am coming to think of it as my personal bible.

 The little gem is titled, “Metaphysical Meditations” and is by Paramahansa Yogananda and I want to share two of the meditations with you today.

The Light of Smiles

   I will light the match of smiles.  My gloom veil will disappear.  I shall behold my soul in the light of my smiles, hidden behind the accumulated darkness of ages.  When I find myself, I shall race through all hearts with the torch of my soul-smiles.  My heart will smile first, then my eyes and my face.  Every body part will shine in the light of smiles.

   I will run amid the thickets of melancholy hearts and make a bonfire of all sorrows.  I am the irresistible fire of smiles.  I will fan myself with the breeze of God-joy and blaze my way through the darkness of all minds.  My smiles will convey His smiles and whoever meets me will catch a whiff of my divine joy.  I will carry fragrant purifying torches of smiles for all hearts.

   I will help weeping ones to smile, by smiling myself, even when it is difficult. 

   In the cheer of all hearts I hear the echo of Thy bliss.  In the friendship of all true hearts I discover Thy friendship.  I rejoice as much in the prosperity of my brothers as I do in my own prosperity.  In helping others to be wise I increase my own wisdom.  In the happiness of all I find my own happiness.

   Nothing shall blight my smiles.  Grim death, disease, or failure cannot daunt me.  Disaster cannot really touch me, for within my soul I possess the unconquerable, unchangeable, ever new bliss of God.

   O divine silent Laughter, be enthrroned beneath the canopy of my countenance and smile through my soul.

   I will be a joy billionaire, finding my wealth in the coin of Thy realm — ever new bliss.  Thus I satisfy my need for spiritual and material prosperity at the same time.

One more that is good to use every day.

Spreading Divine Joy

   Beginning with the early dawn each day, I will radiate joy to everyone I meet.  I will be mental sunshine for all who cross my path.  I will burn candles of smiles in the bosoms of the joyless.  Before the unfading light of my cheer, darkness will take flight.

   Let my love spread its laughter in all hearts, in every person belonging to every race.  Let my love rest in the hearts of flowers, of animals, and of little specks of star-dust.

   I will try to be happy under all circumstances.  I will make up my mind to be happy within myself right now, where I am today.

   Let my soul smile through my heart and let my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter Thy rich smiles in sad hearts.

   I will always behold in my life the perfect, healthy, all-wise, all-blissful image of God.

May you all be always blessed with divine joy, divine peace and the light of inner smiles to chase away the darkness.

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Fear

Posted by sibbia on October 5, 2007

“If you have control over it, then there’s no need to worry.  Likewise, if you have no control over it,
there’s no sense in worrying about it.  That takes care of anything you could worry about.”

Fear.  That monumental four letter word.  It is insidious and cunning.  It starts small and whispers in your ear.  It influences your thoughts and gradually takes hold of you — pretty at first, like the vines on a tree or the ivy covering a house, protective even.  It grows slowly, searching for places to lay down new roots. And if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself ensnared, trapped in its iron-clad hold, struggling to get free.

And that’s only if you’re lucky.  Most of us never try to escape, or realize there is something to escape from.

Fear.

It’s the voice that disguises itself as comfort and security.

Fear.

It’s the reason you haven’t asked for that date.  Haven’t made that call.  Decided to wait before you wrote that book, submitted that proposal, asked for a raise, ventured out on your own…

Fear!

It’s left you unsure, makes you hesitate, steals your power…

FEAR!

It searches for a weakness then grows without bounds!

F E A R !

Either it controls you or you control it.

Fear?

What do you do?

Just take that first step…

Fear?

Seek it out and fight it!

fear??

No… 

Strength.

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Coming Back To God

Posted by sibbia on September 16, 2007

This brought tears to my eyes.  Enjoy!  

Lifehouse – Everything Lyrics

Find Me Here
Speak To Me
I want to feel you
I need to hear you
You are the light
That’s leading me
To the place where I find peace again.

You are the strength, that keeps me walking.
You are the hope, that keeps me trusting.
You are the light to my soul.
You are my purpose…you’re everything.

How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

You calm the storms, and you give me rest.
You hold me in your hands, you won’t let me fall.
You steal my heart, and you take my breath away.
Would you take me in? Take me deeper now?

How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

Cause you’re all I want, You’re all I need
You’re everything,everything
You’re all I want your all I need
You’re everything, everything.
You’re all I want you’re all I need.
You’re everything, everything
You’re all I want you’re all I need, you’re everything, everything.

And How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

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One Word At a Time

Posted by sibbia on September 6, 2007

    “The heights by great men reached and kept,
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

One thought.  One phrase.  One word.  Some times this is all a blogger has before they begin to craft a post for their audience.  One simple word becomes the foundation for a gathering of 300 to 500 of its brothers and sisters; the foundation for a compelling argument, a short story, or the latest political commentary.  All begun with one simple thought.

Many writers are familiar with the idea of letting their creations unfold, and discovering the story while in the telling of it.  They don’t know how the story will end and must write to learn what happens to their characters and the land where they live.  Even in  the realm of non-fiction writing, the path between the first word and the last is often a long, winding one.  The journey cannot be accurately predicted ahead.  It must be begun to discover where it leads.

So too does life lead us on long, meandering roads, with twists and turns that defy our best plans and predictions.  Often a path must be chosen with no clear view of what lies ahead, and there is only a thought, idea or strong desire to serve as guidepost.

Just like the writer whose path begins with a solitary word, the road to a life of fulfillment, wealth, success often begins with little but a quiet thought, a simple need… one solitary idea, and the faith to take the first step.

So when there is something you want to accomplish, but you say, I don’t know how.  Something you want to try, but you say, it’ll never work.  Some dream you want to pursue, but you say, when I have more time, when the kids are older, when I have more money…

Take a step.  Gather your faith.  And take a tip from both writers and the designers of the automobile.

For a car can drive through the night for miles and miles by only lighting the way for a few feet ahead, and a book of a thousand pages began as a single word on an otherwise blank page.

So take it one word, one step, one day at a time.

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Asking the Right Questions

Posted by sibbia on August 24, 2007

We’ve previously discussed the idea of asking for Divine guidance and wisdom in our lives and my last post talks about changing or shifting your energy in order to attract what you want or need.

Now let’s carry that thought one step further.  What would happen if we believed (and acted on the belief) that we already had the answer to any question we might want to ask?  Wouldn’t this just be the realization of the idea that all true knowledge comes from within?

What if, just what if, you already had and knew everything you needed to live the life of your dreams? 

How would you feel?  What would you do?  What would be different?

Personal Account

It was once suggested that this blog should be titled “speaking is believing” and for good reason.  If I could impart one idea as paramount it would be to watch your words and thoughts, to be careful what you say to yourself and others.  Recently, a fellow blogger at over at million-dollar-blog.com gave me another way to do just that.

He wrote a post on how to ask the right questions back in May which I discovered a few weeks ago.  It is meant to get you asking the kind of questions you need to get more positive results and is based on the premise that whenever you ask yourself a question, your mind immediately works to find an answer.

After reading this post and paying attention to my normal internal conversations, I realized that I still often asked myself the wrong questions!  And I’m willing to bet that most of us do the same.

For instance, my favorite question has always been, “why?”  If I don’t understand, I want to know why.  If something doesn’t go as planned… I ask why.

Why did this happen?  Why am I in this situation?  Why haven’t I still done <fill in the blank> yet?

Does any of this sound familiar?

In the weeks after reading that post, I’m beginning to replace why with what and how.  It goes like this:

What happened?  How do I respond to it?  What’s the best thing for me to do in this situation?  What can I do now to get this done?

Can you see the difference?

Your mind will respond very differently to the second set of questions than it did the first.  This is a wonderful, simple practice that can be added to your day along with a few regular affirmations.  Just ask yourself a question you need the answer to and wait to see what comes to you, both right then and throughout the day.

Try it for a week and let me know what you think.  Try it today and see what happens!

Start with a question from the million dollar blog and ask yourself, “how could I improve my life or something around me by 1 percent?

Then keep an eye out for my post on questions that can change your life.  Remember, it really is all in your head! 🙂

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Success Leaves Clues

Posted by sibbia on August 16, 2007

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Most of us are chasing success in some way.  Be it through realizing personal growth, staying fit and healthy or the achievement of some other goal, most of us are engaged in wooing success.  This is our most intense courtship and demands hours and hours of our time and likely, hundreds (if not thousands) of our dollars.

Yet both Lady Luck and Madam Success only toy and flirt with us, tantalizing us with their wares and enamoring us with their charms before flitting away again, leaving us to continue the chase until…

We decide to own our own success and our own luck.

When we determine that we are always lucky and always successful, when success lives in our mind and hearts, we end that dance, the eternal chase for something outside ourselves.  We stop saying things like, “I’ll be happy when… (I get a new job, make more money, find a wife, find a husband, lose 50 lbs, get a new car…),” and we stop looking for outside approval.

 We become content and happy now, with where we are and where we’re going.

Contrary to popular belief, things may not always go as planned for the master of his or her own destiny but there is the realization that things are going exactly as they should.  Any supposed failure is baptized as success and the master moves forward.

Baptized as success?  Yes!  See through the illusion of failure, lack, limitation, or sickness — name it success!  For you see, when success lives in your heart, it leaves clues.

Search through “mistakes”, “failures”, or any other troubling situation for lessons learned, new ideas and other clues that point the way to even greater achievement.  They are there.  Breadcrumbs that lead you to the path of the life you were meant to live.  Situations, places, people and events, all designed to help you find the way to your greatest good.

So decide right now that you are successful, that you have within you everything you need to succeed, that everything in your life leads you to exactly where you are supposed to be and you’ve begun to make a home for success in the only place you ever needed to find it — in your heart.

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Food For Thought

Posted by sibbia on August 15, 2007

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I think it’s becoming clear by now that I am a big fan of including many simple practices for focusing our thoughts, goals and intentions into our daily routine.  Whether we are looking to experience a greater sense of our connection to all things and our place in the Universe, to find guidance on a particular issue, or achieve some physical manifestation, it is beneficial to have as many reminders of our goal as possible — particularly things that excite one or more of the senses.

Art, music and reading have been discussed as potentially untapped sources of inspiration for our daily meditation practices and they can be potent tools when used well.  But there is something else that can engage all our senses and also serve as a creative platform for visualization, affirmations and thanksgiving.  And that would be…

Our food.

Now before you leave the page thinking that I’m finally off my rocker, I ask you to have an open mind.  Many of us were taught to say a prayer over our food, to give thanks before we eat.  For some of us this process is now done quickly without much, if any, thought.  For others it’s been relegated to distant childhood or yearly family gatherings.

But it would be helpful for us all.

When you can, make the process of preparing and eating your food one of thanksgiving, whether it be a simple lunch or elaborate banquet.  Be thankful for the food, your ability to prepare it, the circumstances in your life that have kept you fed.  Bless the food.  See it sustaining you, doing its part to help you achieve your goals.  In that state, take a moment to picture what you want to accomplish and be thankful that it (or something better) will come to pass. 

Be happy!  Be cheerful!  Be thankful!

Bon Appetit!!

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Prayer Request

Posted by sibbia on August 14, 2007

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Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, there I am.

There is, there always has been and always will be, power in prayer.  And just as there is strength in numbers physically, there is strength in combined prayer.

Prayer is sustaining and comforting.  To have the support of a prayer group is encouraging and tremendously more powerful than going it alone.  That said, I’m asking my readers for their help and support for one of our own.  Forgive me for not being able to do this story justice.

Turning Obstacles into Victory

Anne is a 54 year old woman from a small town and still believes in (and reflects) the traditional small-town virtues of respect, honesty, loyalty, perseverance and hard-work.  After 13 years in the manufacturing field, her life took a sudden turn when she was hurt on the job.  In her own words:

“being hurt at work and having people I’d worked with for over 12 years and believed to be friends, turn on me was very painful. But it presented me with the opportunity to finish my book…”

After only nine months back at the workplace, Anne was in a car accident which totaled her truck and left her in need of healing and unable to return to her previous line of work.

For over a year, Anne has worked on recovering and helping her family, all the while depleting her savings, and now after 28 years of payments, she is being threatened with losing her home in November.

P.U.S.H

November is three months away!  Our life situation can change overnight and any challenge or crisis is a situation we can learn from and overcome.  Afterall, the Universe has an abundant supply if we just learn to see and tap into it.  There is most certainly a supply for every demand.  That said, I ask that we all help Anne p.u.s.h!

Pray Until Something Happens!

Here is the summary of the story in Anne’s own words:

“Many things led up to this ..an accident at work which had to be fought with workman comp..then no sooner back to my job of 13 years, I was rear-ended on a blizzard day bringing my son home from the VA hospital. {decided} No fighting that battle with work so I quit to heal, lived off my 401k but healing was for naught…the lawsuit just settled as most settle…very little. BUT my time off gave me the opportunity to finish my first book… my aged parents have me at their full disposal which I am very grateful for, because of the accident my veteran son decided it was time he try to become better by accepting his ptsd, bi-polar and manic depression, take his medication and help the others vets coming home, my daughter is trying to improve her life and I will soon begin college for my Pastoral degree. The Lord works in mysterious ways and I begrudge no-one, none or nothing.”

Please include Anne in your prayers, meditations and visualizations.  Send her love and light and support.  You can leave comments for her here and I will soon create a permanent page for this prayer request (and any others that come to me).  Anne can be contacted directly at:  annies_star@tds.net.

Seeing is believing and believing is achieving — help me prove that statement beyond a shadow of any doubt.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

Namaste,

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When God Says, “No”

Posted by sibbia on August 9, 2007

While I shuffled through and ordered my thoughts, mentally creating a list of what I intended to accomplish, I thought about my children who were unexpectedly home with me.  What they were going to do and what they would enjoy?  Realizing that the computer was the only thing that was absolutely essential for me to get a meaningful amount work done, I opted for a field trip.  It was the perfect time for a trip to the park!

As I packed up the lawn chair, laptop, books and other necessities, my son came into the room to ask if he could go outside.  Knowing that we were headed to the park, and that he would enjoy running through the grass and trees much more, I said no.  He turned tail and left, a bit upset, and I continued packing. 

Ten minutes later, he was happy and cheerfully urging me out the door so we could get to the park.  It was a pleasant trip and more than he asked for initially.

As a parent, I don’t say no to my children out of anger or just for the purpose of withholding something.  As always I do my best to function with their best interest at heart.  

Could we expect God, as the ultimate parent, to do any less?

So remember when you don’t seem to be seeing the results you expect from your prayers, affirmations or other work, don’t despair… God simply has something better planned for you! 

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Life Instructions

Posted by sibbia on August 7, 2007

Too often we have been taught how to survive but not thrive. 
We learn or were taught how to cope but not change. 
We manage to function but not live. 

Here are some thoughts to help change that:

Accept responsibility for everything that happens in your life, both good and bad.

Respect yourself and others.

Learn to truly love yourself and extend that love to others.

Read about and study every subject important in your life:  relationships, finances, career, spirituality…

Wisdom comes from within, seek it out daily.

Take risks.  Go out on a limb — that’s where the fruit is.

When you fall down, GET BACK UP!  (and don’t spend another moment thinking or talking about the day you fell down)

Take the road less traveled and be willing to go where the path leads you.

Write down your goals.  Define them, review them and pursue them.

Dwell on only what you want.  You cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought. 

Make a habit of daily prayer and affirmation

And above all…

Live, love, be happy!

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