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Power of the Spoken Word

Posted by sibbia on August 8, 2007

Today I wanted to remind us all of the power of the spoken word.  I often advocate for the use of affirmations and different types of meditations as part of our daily practice — and I still consider this an extremely important part of our creating the success we desire in our lives. 

There is something, however, that has a much more lasting and continual effect, and that is the content and quality of our spoken word.  When it is said that you create your own reality, it is not simply through meditation and mental picturing — those are only techniques to firmly ingrain a set of beliefs in your awareness.  It is also, even primarily, through the words we choose to describe ourselves and our circumstances.

When we understand the power we have to create ourselves and the world around us, we become much careful in how we choose to speak.  Statements such as, “I’m no good at math”, “I’m always late”, “I never win anything” or “I have a terrible memory”, serve to create and sustain that very reality.

 But instead of writing further on the subject myself, I will direct you to an excellent set of posts written on the topic already. 

The first post covers the various ways we might be influenced and asks us to be aware of what thoughts and beliefs we are readily accepting into our awareness.  It was written by Mark of  The Naked Soul — an insightful and interesting blog that is not to be missed.

The second post deals directly with seeding your mind with the correct thoughts and beliefs through the conscious use of powerful words.  The post comes from the Million Dollar blog and lists 12 simple ways to empower your words and your life.  A site definitely worth subscribing to.

As always, seeing is believing and believing is achieving.  Seeing you enjoying a wonderful, happy and blessed day!

Writing to our success,

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Effortless Meditation (Part 3 of 3)

Posted by sibbia on August 3, 2007

The simple meditation techniques covered so far in this series were reading, music and focused daydreaming (or visualization).  This post discusses using art as a simple, effective meditation tool.

 Art

As discussed in the previous post, images can have a profound impact on our thoughts, emotions, and even future.  Because of this, it is a good idea to choose to use them consciously. Surround yourself with a few beautiful, meaningful, and/or inspiritual pictures.  Make them unique to you — an image that speaks to something specific in your life.

Across from me now is a large picture of a young girl holding a small yellow flower with a soft city landscape in the background.  At times when I stare at her she seems happy, other times pensive, sometimes her large, brown eyes seem to watch me.  For me, this girl represents my daughter and so it has meaning.  It is also a useful focal point for meditations concerning my daughter or my children in general.  Just having it there often sparks a short meditation.

There are other pictures there, but none nearly so large or so prominent.  Rather unintentionally at the time, I chose pictures which stood for what was important in my life, things that had my focus.  What we concentrate on increases; what we dwell on is what we draw to us.  Pick your images with that in mind and allow them to guide your thoughts.  Allow them to keep your mind focused or simply affect you by being something you see every day without fail.  Take a few moments to be conscious of your surrounding and to remember why you’ve chosen to place certain images around you.  

This will surely create a positive effect over time.

This series has covered four ways you can simply incorporate a more focused way of living into your daily life.  Each of them can be used singly or together, at virtually any time or place. This process of focusing the mind is a meditation technique as valid as any other and provides noticeable results.

May it help to guide you and serve as a powerful tool in helping you accomplish your goals.

Namaste.

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Personal Account 8/3/07 — Divine Guidance

Posted by sibbia on August 3, 2007

One thing I often suggest is that we affirm and request Divine guidance in our lives.

Two sample affirmations are:

I request the unfolding of God’s Divine plan in my life.

Old things fall away and I am guided to the right people and right circumstances

to manifest the beauty of God’s plan for my life now.


I call on and follow intuition, my inner knowing,

and I am led to just the right action, at the right time.

But in addition to regular affirmations, it is important to reach out to the Universal mind whenever a decision needs to be made.  Request that God’s wisdom help you decide how to proceed and ask for a definite sign or hunch.  It will be given to you.

Lately, I have been wondering what I could or should add to my product line.  An idea came to me but I wasn’t sure if it was something I should pursue.  I began my normal process of weighing the pros and cons, costs and potential benefits (I do study engineering afterall) when I remembered to let go and simply ask for a direct sign.

Shortly thereafter, I realized I hadn’t read Today’s Daily Word in a few days and looked at today’s message:

Today’s Daily Word – Friday, August 3, 2007

New Adventures

I move forward with enthusiasm for my next adventure.
Now is the time time for the good and the new for acting on ideas that have inspired me. As a child of God, I am guided in ways that lead me to share more good with more people.

I release any unproductive or stagnant patterns from my past and embrace the innovative. My new adventures take many forms, and this may bring a time of change to my lifestyle. I may have opportunities for a new career, to relocate, or to travel. This very day, I discover expanded ways to serve God.

With each adventure, I experience greater freedom of expression. Valuing opportunities to share, I give the very best I have to give and I receive with gratitude. I welcome new adventures, the freedom they bring me, and the good they bring into my life and into the lives of others.

Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all. — Galatians 6:10

For this to be the first thing I read after having just requested Divine guide and a definite sign, was crystal clear to me.  I should pursue the other line of inventory.  More importantly, I was told why and how I should do it.  It is just another way to serve God and share more good with more people.  I consider the chance to do that a blessing and something I am happy to pursue.

Asking for Divine guidance provided me with a clear, simple answer which completely bypassed the reasoning mind.  I am grateful for the ability to ask what I should do and find out!

I hope this story helps lead others to request and receive guidance in their affairs.  As always, let me know!

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God is Watching!

Posted by sibbia on August 2, 2007

God is watching through your child’s eyes,

God is watching through birds in the skies.

That lone oak stands sentinel too,

and the wind through its leaves whispers God’s words to you.

And the beautiful butterfly that just floated by? 

Was just God’s way of saying hi.

God must be watching all you do,

because there’s God looking through your eyes too!

                                                                — Zakiya Carter

A simple, yet very powerful thought to guide our actions is that God is watching.  If the Divine exists in everything we can never be alone, we can never do anything in private.  Accepting and acknowledging the fact that God is always watching can change our actions, if we allow it.

I invite my readers to try living under the realization that God is watching and sees everything we do for two days.  In what way does it change what you do or say?  Does it help you feel closer and more connected to the Divine?

This was the thought I was led to share today.  The final installment of the Effortless Meditation series should appear tomorrow.

Namaste!

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Effortless Meditation (Part 2 of 3)

Posted by sibbia on July 30, 2007

Today’s focus is focused daydreaming, or visualization.  This technique is often used specifically as a manifestation tool, and can be used both internally and externally.

External (Manifestation Meditation) — Many of us are familiar with this technique.  It involves holding a firm picture of something you want to achieve (or receive) in your life.  This is a time honored and powerful technique, for nothing is achieved in life without being able to imagine it so.  Yet some of us have not developed this imaging faculty or are so bogged down in the day to day that our thoughts are a reflection of our current experiences and lack the power and joy to motivate us to dream of something else.

For those of us in that situation, we will modify this technique slightly.  First, we create a short list of activities that we have enjoyed in the past, accomplishments we are proud of and/or just periods when we were very happy.  Next, create the same type of list but this time use situations, experiences and externals that have not happened yet.  Review the first list remembering as much detail as possible.  Recreate the same feeling you had in that situation.  Smile.  Picture it.  And transfer that same feeling as you read the list of things that have not happened yet.  Smile and imagine yourself in the new situation feeling as happy and alive as you have in the past or even more so! 

Doing this helps align yourself with the happy circumstances you are picturing and other such pleasing situations in general.  Some find it helpful to add pictures representing both things we enjoy and things we would like to experience.  This type of focused daydreaming can also be used with only the first list, as a way to redirect any negative thoughts/emotions that come your way.  Simply reading the list and remember the good things that have occurred in your life and the things that you enjoy in this world can immediately change your outlook, leaving you calmer and more positive.

Internal ((Re)Creation Meditation) — In this case, we are not trying to bring some external thing or circumstance into manifestation.  Instead, we are shaping and creating the person that we want ourselves to be.  A list and memories is also helpful with this technique, though not required.  The first list in this case consists of attributes we want ourselves to have.  While the second contains situations where we have failed to live up to our ideal.  Now instead of beating ourselves up over the times we’ve gotten angry, frustrated, worried, or in some other way temporarily lost our faith, we just relive the situation and this time behave in the manner we wanted to earlier. 

See yourself being calm in a situation that once caused you doubt or anger; being patient and relaxed at a time you normally would have been frustrated and impatient.  Use your affirmations and your mental pictures to create the person you want to be.  Immediately combat any negative thought with a positive statement or affirmation.  If the frantic thought comes to you that you’re going to be late, calmly respond that “God guides you to be in the right place at the right time” or “this is simply a lesson I needed to learn about focus, advanced preparation and/or time management.  I am thankful for the lesson and no longer concern myself with anything that is not within my direct control.”

Whatever the situation, learn to treat your thoughts and emotions as something outside yourself.  Let it be an internal conversation, one where you immediately correct or refuse to acknowledge any thought or feeling that does not lead to your own good, or the person you want to become.

 This internal technique, in part, is what’s meant by “being the change you want to see”.  Not only will it give you a chance to lead by example, becoming a calmer, happier, more peaceful, helpful person will lead to you seeing more of the same in your own life.

Namaste!

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Your Deepest Fear…

Posted by sibbia on July 18, 2007

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

These are two lines from a poem by Marianne Williamson.  Her words are a perfect addendum to the post below.

Read the complete poem here.

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You Are God!

Posted by sibbia on July 18, 2007

I’ll say it again, you are God.  How can I make such an audacious claim?  Many of us recognize that the divine force is part of everything and resides in us as well, and yet don’t seek out the realization of that perfect divinity.

They may accept Jesus Christ as the son of God, without realizing that we are all sons and daughters of God, or remembering that Jesus said that we were to go forth and create even bigger works (miracles).  To the average man, this is an impossible, ludicrous statement.  Yet I remind you that we are made in God’s image and likeness and we are all an expression of only one divine force.

We are as the waves on top of the ocean — made in its image and likeness but lacking its full power and realization until we merge back to the source from which we came.  When we focus on God and God-like behavior, we are beginning that process of reconnection, for we have been surely told, “draw closer to God, and God draws closer to you.”

The highest aim of this blog is to help us realize and express our divinity.  This is the answer to any question we face, and the supply to our every need.  Everything I write, design, create and photograph is meant to inspire the very best in our nature.  Sharing and providing service to others helps strengthen my commitment to bringing light into world (starting with myself).

The more we recognize our own divinity, the stronger our faith becomes.  Fears vanish and our lives become more harmonious as we transcend the ego and align ourselves with the divine.

Piercing the veil of illusion that makes us believe we are seperate individuals removes selfishness and competition from our hearts and we being to understand our collective power.

Is this some lofty, difficult goal?  No.  Must we run off to the mountain top to meditate for ten years, forsaking all worldly concerns?  No, for how would we be of any use to others then?  When faced with a challenge, a crisis, temptation, dilemma… say to yourself simply:

Only that which is true of God is true of me for God and I are one.

Let this thought guide you, ask what God would do in that situation and do your best to behave in the same manner.  In that instance, you have reached toward God and God reaches back toward you.

There is only one thought that comes through me to share with everyone today and that is:

You Are God!

I am the artist; I am the Creator, and my life is as divine as I make it. 

See it, believe it, achieve it.


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Just Stay Focused

Posted by sibbia on July 16, 2007

I just ran across this video and had to share.  It’s short and sweet, but encouraging.  A perfect thought to end the night.

Namaste!

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As a Man Thinketh…

Posted by sibbia on July 16, 2007

Thoughts are the foundation of all our mental pictures and, as such, they are responsible for all the situations we draw to ourselves in life.  We must develop a constant practice of guarding our thoughts and allowing our mind’s eye to see only that which we want to happen for ourselves and others.  This is what’s meant by seeing is believing and believing is achieving.

Learning to control our thoughts and emotions can be a difficult and time consuming process for some, but even if you cannot always control your thoughts (yet), you CAN control your words.  This is the point of affirmations.  How to use affirmations was discussed in the last post, so it won’t be covered again just now.  I do, however, want my readers to look forward to the future inclusion of a new page on this blog; one especially for affirmations.  Any that I have written or found useful will be included.

In addition, I’ve decided to make my affirmation cards available to any of my readers who would like one.  These cards are approximately 4 x 6 and laminated.  Some include pictures and scripture, all include affirmations I’ve found particularly helpful for different subjects.  They are meant to be carried everyone and easily fit in a purse or back pocket.

I’ve found myself facing a challenge and my personal response to this is the same that is advocated on this blog — give, nurture, be creative, have faith and be thankful.

I know that my success comes through helping others and what could be better than helping others become more successful?

If you’re interested in receiving a card for yourself or a friend, please send me an email, sistersibbia@hotmail.com, include your name, address, and type of situation you are faced with or problem/trait you want to address.

Remember, all roads lead to God.

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Don’t Get Your Hopes Up!

Posted by sibbia on July 15, 2007

Has this ever been said to you?  Have you ever said this to someone else?

Don’t get your hopes up is a warning often given with the purest of intentions.  It is an admonishment to be cautious, wary, to hold back and not fully commit.

It should be permanently banished from our vocabulary.

Seeing is believing and believing is achieving, yes.  Now what are you see if you tell yourself or someone else, don’t get your hopes up?  Lack, limitation, failure, disappointment and despair is the answer to that question. Is this the mental picture you’re trying to create?  The outcome you’re trying to achieve?

The best way to avoid (or shield someone else) from major disappointment is to absolutely refuse to validate that emotion in any way; refuse to allow any thought of failure into your mind.  Instead, accept this was not part of the wonderful plan for your life at this time and be happy!

Why should you be happy?  Because if this wasn’t meant for you, something better is!  And the beautiful thing is that the seeds of what IS truly meant for you probably lie right within your perceived loss or failure.  So look for those seeds, nourish them, be thankful for them, and the next time you face a risky situation…

Get your hopes up!

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