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So you want to be enlightened?

Posted by sibbia on November 14, 2007

Note: The official home of Seeing is Believing; Believing is Achieving has moved to: www.sibbia.com

I could have just as easily titled this so you want to be wealthy, so you want to be successful, or so you want to be happy, but we’re going to assume you want to be… enlightened!

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Your bookcase is filled with the timeless wisdom of the masters. You consider yourself spiritual (and you probably are). Perhaps you’ve decided to forgo crass materialism. Maybe you’ve decided to live a life of service and have dedicated yourself to helping others. You pray, meditate and/or chant daily.

But how’s your health?

When was the last time you made sure you had enough exercise?

What do you eat?

How much sleep do you get?

While it is true that we are not this physical vehicle, it is just as true that we are in this physical vehicle, and affected by it.
The foundation for our success in any endeavor is our health and it is in our best interest to make that foundation as firm as possible.

So just as we learn to control our emotions, breathe, meditate, pray, find and connect with God, we must also learn how to best support our physical vehicles, for it is through them that the Divine must work through us.


Preventive care and maintenance is much easier than fixing something that has gone wrong. That said, I believe it is key for our spiritual growth that we learn about and study natural methods to keep good health. One of my favorite sources of health information is Catherine Carter over at (aptly titled) Creating Health but the subject of good health is so important and so broad that I decided to ask others for their favorites.


The complete list will be maintained on a page created here on this blog so that any and everyone can have quick access to some of the best health writers around.


So I’m asking Catherine and all who read this post, who provides you the best information on diet, exercise, health news, stress management, healthy cooking, or natural & alternative medicine?

Consider yourselves all tagged! Be sure to include a link back here and one to the blogger you’re advocating so I can update the list!

To your success AND your health,


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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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The Trial of Your Life

Posted by sibbia on November 3, 2007

Gavel, judge

You stand before the judge and your eyes nervously scan the room.  Friends, family and co-workers line the room.  The faces of people you only vaguely recognize join them.  You start in surprise to notice the face of a beggar you regularly pass as you hurry from one place to another. 

“What is he doing here?” you ask yourself. 

They’ve all been called as witnesses.  Because today you find yourself on trial.  The trial of your life, the trial for and about your life. 

All your choices and actions have been called into question.  They are the foundation upon which you must build the case for your beliefs. 

You’ve been accused of being Christian!  Is there enough evidence to convict? 

You’ve been accused of being spiritual.  Do your actions support that statement? 

You claim to believe in personal freedoms, creativity and expression.  How do you treat those very different from yourself?  How often do you try something new?  What way have you made your mark on the world? 

You say you believe in God, the Divine, a Supreme Being, angels, the spirits of your ancestors, the collective unconsciousness… how often to you try to connect, pray for guidance, release your worries and cares to a higher power? 

Too often we say something is important to us, but our actions aren’t in alignment with that statement.  We talk about the value of family, for instance.  Yet in actuality, spend very little time with our loved ones.  We say that life is short, yet constantly put off our hopes and dreams. 

Oh, we have a myriad of creative excuses for our behavior.  Comfortable logic that we depend on whenever our conscious begins to nag at us. 

All I can say is: 

Tell it to the judge.

One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to put our actions in alignment with our thoughts and ideas.  Diligent attention to this one thought would change our lives dramatically. – Sibbia

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Your Divine Mother

Posted by sibbia on October 17, 2007

Who is God? What is God?  What images does the word bring to mind for you?

Far too often God is depicted as a stern, judgmental Father, someone to whom you must answer for all the wrongs committed in your lifetime.  Perhaps this is why many have moved to use the term, the Universe or Creator, but what is it that you picture when you call out to the Universe to support you?  What image comes to mind when you ask the Creator for help?

Just how should one picture God in our prayers and meditations?

This may help:

     “I have trouble visualizing God,” complained a student of religious New Thought.  “I’ve imagined Him as Infinite Intelligence, as the I AM principle, as my God-Self within, as the Cosmic Ground of Being.  It all seems so abstract!  But your relationship with the Lord is so loving.  How can I achieve such a relationship?”

     “The first step,” replied the Master, “is not to imagine that He wants your definitions.  He wants only your love.

     “Why not,” Yogananda then suggested, “worship the Infinite as your Divine Mother?”

     “What a lovely idea!” exclaimed the visitor. “But is it valid? Is it true?”

     “Indeed, yes!” replied Sri Yogananda emphatically.  “God’s love is already reflected in human relationships.  His love, like the sunlight shining on countless pieces of glass, is reflected everywhere.”

     “The Infinite is the Mother behind all human mothers, the true Father behind all human fathers.  He is the ever-loyal Friend behind all earthly friends.  He is the eternal Beloved behind all human loves.  He is all things to all men, because, you see, the Lord is everything.”

     “Through your parents He cares for you, supports you, and protects you.  Through your friends He shows you that love is a free sharing, without any hint of compulsion.  Through the beloved He helps one to find the selfless intensity of divine love.  Through people’s children He helps them to understand love as something precious, as a thing to be protected from harmful influences and nourished with devotion.

     “Countless are the forms in which God comes to man.  In each, He seeks to teach man something of His infinite nature.  The lessons are there, for anyone whose heart is open to receive them.

     “Thus, it isn’t that the Lord wants you to deny your human nature.  What He wants, rather, is for you to purify it:  to expand whatever love you feel in your heart, and not to keep it locked up in ego-attachments.

     “For the devotee, it is natural therefore to worship God in some human aspect:  as his Divine Mother, for example, or as his Heavenly Father.

     “I myself worship the Mother aspect, especially.  For the Mother is closer than the Father.  The Father aspect of God represents that part which is aloof from His creation. The Mother is creation itself.  Even among mankind, the human father is more disposed than the mother to judge their erring children.  The mother always forgives.

     “Pray, then, to the Divine Mother.  Talk to Her like a child: ‘Divine Mother, naughty or good, I am Your own.  You must release me from this delusion.’  The Mother ever responds with compassion when the devotee prays to Her sincerely in this way.

     “Of course, in the highest sense God is none of the forms in whicih people worship Him.  But it is helpful to use human concepts as a means of deepening our devotion to Him.

   “Beyond devotion comes divine love.  In that perfection of love there is complete union.  In that state the yogi realizes the supreme truth:  ‘I am That.’ “

– taken from the Essence of Self-Realization:  The Wisom of Paramhansa Yogananda

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Changing Your Vibes

Posted by sibbia on August 21, 2007

One of the things new discoveries in science has taught us is that everything vibrates at a certain frequency, that, at its core, everything including us, are vibrating masses of energy.

The Law of Attraction uses this principle by trying to match our own personal vibrations with the energy signature of the object we wish to attract into our life, but how does this happen exactly? Why does it work?

As without, so within

We’ve often heard, and this blog has mentioned, that our external life is just a reflection of our internal situation — that we are co-creators of our physical universe, the sum of all things around and affecting us.  Now what if we also accept that our bodies, our spirits, our minds also reflect the vast sum of all creation?  That our connection and interconnectness cannot be broken?  That we cannot step foot on the earth without the earth also pushing back on us.  That just as a single cell or piece of a hologram describes the whole in its entirety, we also represent the oceans of possibilities, the thoughts, dreams, and knowledge that makes up the sea of divine consciousness.

If we can accept and embrace that being able to think, “I am.  I am here.  I am alive.  I am conscious,” defines us as conscious beings, as consciousness itself, then we must be an inseparable part of the collective human consciousness and able to draw on it! 

Created in God’s likeness and image

Every human, each and every one of us, has the ability to transcend his or her limitations.  We each have a divine spark that serves as a connection to the vast creative power of the universe.  Created in God’s likeness and image, we are different than the animals, we are in truth divine beings.  And to the extent that we realize, develop and master that potential inside of each of us, we experience the fulfillment of our desires and goals.  This connection serves as a link to the universal consciousness, the ultimate source of all creativity, inspiration, ability and knowledge.

But how do we use this?

Thoughts are energy

Have you ever passed a restaurant and suddenly had a longing for the food there?  Watched a commercial and decided to buy a particular product?  Walked into a room of people and immediately knew (felt) something was wrong?

In the case of the restaurant and the room of people, you felt the energy of the place which you then took to be your own thought or feeling.  The commercial was designed to create certain emotions and desires (again just energy) which became the thought in your head to buy their product.

How does this help?

Summary

 Realizing that “our” thoughts and emotions are just energy states, we can begin to manipulate them to our advantage.  Treat your thoughts/feelings/emotions as something outside of yourself.  Spend time consciously deciding how you will think and feel.  This starts to change your own vibration, the energy signature you create. 

Your goal is to become attractive to the things you want and need.

Birds of a feather…

Do this by both specifically resonating with your target objective (through affirmations, pictures, visualizations etc as discussed in other blog entries) and generally creating and sending out “good vibes” whenever possible.  Take time out to engage in activites you enjoy, and share them with others, spend time in caring for someone else, and just live joyfully.

Do your absolute best to find and/or bring joy to everything you do and everyone you interact with, and you can rest assured that joy will continually find its way to you.

All you have to do is, change your vibes!

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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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Effortless Meditation (Part One)

Posted by sibbia on July 27, 2007

Meditation or trance is a state or practice that we all engage in several times a day.  Any time we find ourselves daydreaming, lost in thought, reliving an old memory or getting caught in the throes of an emotion, we have enetered a state of trance.

Trance —  A state of complete mental absorption or deep musing; detachment from one’s physical surroundings, as in contemplation or daydreaming.

Meditation — Continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation.

So the question becomes not if we are able to enter trance or how often we engage in a practice of meditation, but what we choose to meditate on and just how consciously we do so.  Some of us believe we have no time to develop a practice of meditation.  Too much has to be done!  There’s no time.  I’ll do it tomorrow or even I don’t know how to meditate properly.  These are the kind of excuses we tell ourselves.
 

Well, the title of this post is effortless meditation and to cut through all our excuses, this is what we should include in our day — simple, painless meditation.

Simple Meditation Technique #1:  Reading

Carry around a small book that is inspirational.  It could be religious scripture, a handful of affirmation cards, a book of positive quotes, a list of personal goals or a great book on personal achievement to list a few examples.  Get into the habit of carrying it everywhere and flipping through it to read a section whenever you find yourself having to wait.

Why reading?  Reading engages the imagination, creates new ideas and directs the thoughts.  Any reading does this, so why not actively choose reading material that encourages, uplifts and inspires?

Simple Meditation Technique #2:  Music

Various studies have been done on the effect music has on learning, memory and mood.  Music can stir a wide range of emotions and while the effect music has on us cannot be clearly explained or defined, it is quite easy to demonstrate.  Few are the religious practices that do not have an associated type of music, because of the rapturous, trance-like state it helps induce.

That said to include music as a simple meditation tool choose music by carefully examining the lyrics of the song.  Choose songs where the singer is happy, determined, motivated, and/or thankful.  Both gospel and secular music can be used, just pay close attention to the lyrics.  Another option is to pick instrumental or nature’s music.  Select a variety of music.  Pick some that excites you, some that makes you sway along and some that calms and relaxes you.

Music is easy to include during your daily commute, as you wake and right before you sleep and while you work or study.  Take a minute to focus on the piece you’ve chosen and allow it to move you before you get back to your daily grind.

Happy meditating!

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