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As I get ready to leave once again for India, I have been having dreams again about my time there, myself there and some of the lessons I have learned over the years.  One of them first hit me in 2007 on my first sojourn in Rishikesh, (after spending several previous trips mainly in Dharamsala ) but I find myself more and more having this feeling again, even though I am still here at home in Israel.  (All the photos in this post are from Dharamsala area)

The feeling of being so very different.

After meditating on this, I was guided to a post from 2007, and will rewrite parts of it here, including the message I received.  And it is this message which is so appropriate to me today as well.  The poem at the end is result of contemplating the message this afternoon.

I have always felt myself  being different from the travelers I meet.  (And perhaps not just travelers in India, but all travelers on the Planet at the moment-I have felt “different” from the earliest time I remember myself ).

While in India, I find very often that I am the only person  (or one of very few) I’ve met so far who is not seeking. Either looking for the perfect Yoga teacher, the Swami who will bring them enlightenment, the perfect Ayurveda doctor or the ultimate massage. Everyone seems to be searching for something…on some kind of pilgrimage…where is the best puja on the Ganga, the best Thali, the best mountain trail, the most beautiful temple.

I find no need for any of these things and sometimes wonder if something is wrong with me.

Am I just too lazy to bother?

Or is it something deeper?

Mcleodganj in the Distance as Seen During Mountain Walk

…after falling asleep once again with these thoughts, I was awakened early in the morning, my Guides speaking to me loud and clear with the following:

You are not a seeker. Others are seeking. YOU KNOW. Relax into that KNOWING. JUST BE.

Your only quest is inward. Everything you need is already there. The place is unimportant…it is just a means for you to easily access what is already KNOWN to you.

Relax into it. Let it flow.

You are blessed…We love You.

And here is the poem brought through to me today.

The Sudden Need to Know

But knowing is not what it seems to be
Is knowing knowledge?
or is it understanding of TRUTH!
To know what your personal truth IS, is the most profound form of understanding.
And when what you know to be TRUE is what guides you along your path,
Then you may stumble at times, you may even feel a momentary fear when faced with some new obstacle,
But you will never stray.

Because You Know!


with love light and JOY

Jane

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Note:  This post originally appeared in 2008 on my Mindfulness Journal but I was drawn back to it today, and once reading the whole thing (it is a quite long post, but truly worth reading all the way to the end), I realized why I so needed to read it.  Sometimes we really need reminders of the truly important things in our lives.  I hope you will have the patience to read it through and hope it brings you also some small inspiration or assistance in your own life’s journey.  With much love light and JOY – Jane

ABDELLAH IN PARIS – MARCH 2006

This is for me the beginning of a personal effort to recapture and understand the rhyme and reason, insight and lesson, and even beauty associated with what would appear to be a single event but which is really the culmination of a long series of synchronicities which lead up to, and even followed the event itself.

So, where to I begin? Well, those of you who have been following my blogs know of my wonderful friend Abdellah and our very special relationship, which included not only the lovely times we spent together in India, but even a 9 day visit I made to Paris to spend time with him in March of 2006. You can read a short account in the blog posts: http://mindfulnessjournal.blogspot.com/#114495322641587364


Abdellah is the only person I ever knew who truly and literally lived each day as it if was his last…truly lived in the moment.

The only meaning money had for him was as a means to bring happiness into the lives of people (not just “others”, himself as well, as he was a person who truly loved and respected himself).

NADDI

He lived each and every day fully, and worrying about “having enough for the future” was a completely alien concept to him. He was my living lesson in non-attachment.


BHAGSU WATERFALL CAFE 2003

Abdellah’s quest during the short few years I knew him, was to get closer to God. This was his reason for pursuing the different philosophies he pursued, such as Kriya Yoga. He was looking for the best way to connect to Him. Well, he is now where he always wanted to be. With God – and I am happy for him as I know he is at peace and content. He was just an angel here on Earth waiting to get back home.

A PUJA AT BHAGSU WATERFALL

And the lessons I learnt from him, I was able to put into action in my own life by using money “I did not have” and “could not afford to use” – to bring joy and happiness in a surprising way, into the life of another person. And this small act snowballed and the effects of my one small action continued to bring further happiness to others as well.

The lessons I learnt from Abdellah, the days filled with joy and laughter we spent together, the deeper meaning of living life to the fullest which I was permeated with every time I spoke to him, the smiles of joy on the faces of all those who knew him every time his name was mentioned, are all things which will remain with me forever.

He will always be with me. Abdellah was a practicing Buddhist, and I just have to maneuver my way over a bunch of ants so as not to step on them, or watch a mosquito fly by without “clapping” it between my hands (I did that once instinctively when Abdellah was with me (!)…I have NEVER done it again!), and I think of him. [Abdellah’s Mother is Muslim, and his step-father, who he grew up with, is Jewish (he has relatives in Israel), and one of his favorite foods is kneidlach, which I happily made for him with chicken soup one evening in McLeodganj. I also taught him how to make challah when I was in Paris with him. ] I just have to think of sausissons which he introduced me to at Kailwood in 2004, and I am in food heaven. The wonderful meals we shopped for, cooked and ate together, the movies we watched with his wonderful insights – he studied film in university in the States – the insights into Buddhist philosophy I received from him, but more important, in daily living…all these things keep him alive within me. Showing true loving-kindness, compassion and goodwill to all – not an easy thing to do ALL the time, was something that he could never NOT do. It was simply part of his essence. A living lesson in truly loving and respecting all living creatures, including himself. Like the wonderful plans he had drawn up for his new home in India, originally planned at the farmhouse in Kangra but later moved to an area near Palampur that his friend the Banker in Dharamsala was helping him with. A beautifully planned home, lavishly furnished with the best of everything including giant full wall size plasma TV screen.

 AT KOKILA’S FARMHOUSE IN KANGRA WHERE HE WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNING TO BUILD A HOUSE

Well, let’s start with the fact that the last time I saw Abdellah was when he left Dharamsala to go back to Delhi and home to Paris, last year sometime in May 2007 if I am not mistaken. We had spent several really fun days together as usual, but his time in Dharamsala was short and we didn’t have the intense type of visit we usually do in India, where we spend extended periods of time together. So when I decided to go back to India in February 2008, we knew we would be meeting up for 2 weeks the beginning of March before he flew back to Paris after his several months studying Yoga in Mysore. He would come up to Rishikesh, and it would have been his first visit to Rishikesh and I knew he would love it, and was excited about seeing him.

I wrote to him from home to confirm the visit, but when he didn’t reply I didn’t think twice about it, as this was part of who he was and I never was disturbed by his lack of response to my e-mails. I always knew he read them all from the conversations we would have afterwards when we met. He just hated writing. He would prefer to call me by phone, which he did every couple of months, usually calling on a Friday night and saying “Shabbat Shalom” and throwing me off balance for a few seconds before I realized it was him calling.

I then wrote again when I arrived, and again as the beginning of March got closer, but still received no response. Someplace deep down inside I felt a twinge of worry, but ignored it, thinking that he perhaps had changed his plans, and would certainly be in touch with me when he was able to. And then the beginning of March came and went and no word. I even met our mutual friend Nikolai in Rishikesh and asked about Abdellah. He also said he had been strangely silent for a long time…even for him.

                       ABDELLAH AND NIKOLAI AT KAILWOOD IN MCLEODGANJ – 2004

But he also agreed with me that there was no reason for worry as this was typical behavior for him…Abdellah was my big lesson in true non-attachment, and I tended to agree with Nikolai, but something still didn’t seem right to me. But I brushed it aside. I would be home in Israel soon (it was a short trip to India) and if I hadn’t heard from him by then, would call him, or call a friend of his in Paris, which was the only other way I had of contacting him. And I continued with the short remaining time I had in Rishikesh, disappointed with not having seen Abdellah, but figuring there was a good reason for him not being there with me. I was after all, enjoying the company of Ben tremendously, as well as my healing meetings with Dudi, and was being kept quite busy and happy as well.

When I arrived home, still not having heard from Abdellah, I went to call his friend in Paris several times, but something always “got in the way” of the phone call. It just seemed to be something which would not happen. And then one day, I forwarded an e-mail to a group of friends, and when doing this, Abdellah’s name would always appear in the ”TO” window as he was alphabetically first on my list. The rest would be BCC , but anyone who opened the mail could see I had sent it to Abdellah. One of the recipients was Nikolai, and he sent me an e-mail simply saying “do you know-just in case- that Abdellah passed away about a month ago?”

Well, first of all it is not an easy thing to write and I certainly don’t envy Nikolai for being the one to write it to me, and second of all, what do you do when you read something like that? You go into shock and denial at first, I can tell you, and then you begin to feel guilty about not knowing about it sooner (but how could you?), and then you begin to think “Why didn’t I call sooner” (but what good would that have done), and then you burst out in tears, and then uncontrollable sobs, and you need to sit down, you need to speak to someone, you need to understand, you need to comprehend what you just read, and you cry and cry and cry until everything hurts and there are no more tears…and then you begin to cry again. And finally, you can breath once again and you begin to realize the impact of that simple sentence. You will never see Abdellah again…not in India, not in Paris, not anywhere. He will never call again and surprise you with a “Shabbat Shalom”. He will never come up behind you on the street , say “How YOU doin’ my friend” and when you turn around, see his amazing smile in front of you. You will never cook another meal together with him,


KITCHERI IN MY ROOM AT KAILWOOD – 2003

drink coffee with him, go shopping with him (shop until you drop style) again, never watch another movie with him again, never have him watch you dance folkdancing in the guesthouse room, never listen to music again with him, never just sit and talk with him or travel with him, or laugh with him, never go to Udeechi Huts in Naddi for fried chicken with him, never, never, and more never!

UDEECHI HUTS IN NADDI 2004

And then I began to do my best to put together a story of how this all happened. Being in touch with other mutual friends I was able to put together the sad story of his illness and surprising death. I will not detail it here, as there is no reason to do so, but will simply say that he contracted pneumonia in Mysore, and by the time he was flown home to Paris by his insurance company, quite some time later by the way, the virus had done too much damage and he was unable to recover. He was 47 years old. I further checked with them and his family, found out some precise dates of events etc., read stories many people had written about him, collected pictures etc.

I refuse to dwell on the “what if” questions etc., as there is simply no point in it, and prefer to put together for you a series of small synchronicities surrounding my arrival in India in February, my stay there, some unusual things that I realized through hindsight which show the interconnectiveness of our souls even after his death. I can truly tell you that I “see” Abdellah more now than I did when he was alive…he is with me very often. Watching me at folkdancing, attending a recent silent retreat with me, and during one of the meditations sat next to me, and in his typical fashion of never taking anything in life too seriously, said to me “Well, I see someone has finally got you to shut up!” (He very often commented that I talked too much!). He is actually sitting with me now and has already made a couple of comments about what I am writing. I wear a bracelet he once bought for me (by surprise…sending it to me by mail after I had already left India…after I had admired it in a jewelry store where we were shopping together for presents for his family members)…and I can feel him physically with me. His presence is powerful and loving and gentle and brings me great happiness…whenever I am feeling down, he comes around and brings a big smile to my face. I can truly say that I do not miss him , as I very rarely saw him anyway. When I return to India in a couple of months, I’m sure it will be difficult, but I am also sure that he will be there with me as well, just as he is now.

So now, just a small list of those things discovered in retrospect, bringing things more into focus and understanding.

I arrived in India actually quite ill, having fallen sick at home several days prior to my flight. Upon my arrival in Rishikesh, I actually began running a very high fever, which is very unusual for me, I rarely, if ever, have even a low fever when I am ill. After two days the guesthouse people took me to a doctor as they were quite worried about my condition, and he said there is extremely serious congestion in my lungs and he suspects pneumonia. He was an ayurveda doctor and gave me certain herbal medicines to take, but also recommended 3 days of antibiotics due to the extreme severity of my condition. I was quite surprised as I don’t usually get this ill. This was around the 14th of February. Later on, checking back on my blog, I realized that the first day I felt well enough to leave my room, or the small area near it in the guesthouse, was on February 22nd. This was the first day when, all of a sudden, all of the symptoms I had been feeling, completely disappeared, as if I had never been sick.
A couple of days after that, I met Ben and one of the first things he brought me to read was a booklet called “Do Not Grieve” which he had picked up at a local ashram in town. At the time, I simply read it and found many interesting ideas regarding life in general, and graceful acceptance of all that happens etc., without ever thinking that I would actually need it for true grieving. But there is was…in my room….
another thing which happened to me and is also documented in a blog post is a feeling of sudden and deep sadness for no reason which overcame me, and brought me to tears which could not be stopped. I had to leave the company of friends and run up to my room. It lasted for a few days and only when I did a full energy cleansing of my room did I begin to feel better and start sleeping again at night. I tried finding a reason for the sadness, but simply could not….everything was just beautiful in my life at the moment. It is something that came from a deep deep place within…only afterward I understood what it was and what had caused it to service.
Upon returning home to Israel, I began my Reiki Sharing group and at the first meeting, one of the people working on me said she felt a deep, profound sadness within me, so intense that it was difficult for HER to bear. I again said I could think of no reason for such sadness to be sensed as I was in an extremely tranquil and harmonious time in my life and all seemed to be going really well for me.

Once I found out the dates connected to Abdellah’s illness, his death, his memorial services etc., I went back and checked the above things by date as well. I was SO intensely ill just at the same time that Abdellah was at the most critical part of his own illness with pneumonia. The day he passed away, and no longer felt the suffering from the symptoms, was February 22nd! The same day I first was able leave my room, feeling complete relief from symptoms as well.
The booklet “Do Not Grieve” came in very handy the first day I heard the news at home as it helped me to put things into perspective and come to terms with what had happened.
The day of the Reiki Sharing Group turned out to be the same day that a Memorial Service was held for Abdellah in the States, and again the sadness was felt by me. And the sadness I felt in India, well, my soul KNEW what had happened…it just had no way of communicating it to me on an intellectual level, so even not knowing, I also KNEW, and the sadness already enveloped me.

And of course Abdellah continues to do things for others even though he is no longer here with us physically. The lessons I learnt from him, and continue to absorb, lead me to understand that someone near and dear needed immediate help, and that even though everything common sense told me said I could not help them, Abdellah said I could and should, and so I did, and wonderful things have happened to an entire family through that help but with thanks to him.

I will end this post with my thanks to God and the Universe for bringing Abdellah into my life, and to Abdellah himself for all the wonderful days he spent with me, and for the lovely moments he still spends with me to this day.

Goodbye My Friend!

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BACK to India 2012 🙂

Ram Jhula

I have once again been blessed.  A long series of synchronicities   have come together to bring me to this wonderful place where I have once again been able to reserve my tickets back to India!  I will be arriving back in Rishikesh on October 10th, and although my stay will be shorter than usual, I will still have time to do my full Panchakarma treatments and of course visit with all my wonderful friends there in Rishikesh.

Waiting for Lunch on a Cold Winters Day

LAXMAN JHULA

I probably will not have the the time I had hoped for to visit friends in other places, like Delhi and Dehradun, but perhaps they will also find their way to me in Rishikesh. I already know that a couple of good friends from other parts of the world who I have not had the pleasure of seeing in a few years, will also be in Rishikesh at the same time I will be there.  And for the first time, I am also traveling together with a friend from home.  It is her first time in India and I know it will awe and please her as it has me.

And, as always:

I leave  the “how’s” and all of the rest to God and His loving Universe to work out.

Ganga Sunset Over Ram Jhula

I experience all as it comes to me in complete acceptance, joy, gratitude and freedom from fear.

Below some further photos of just a few of my previous adventures and contented days in Rishikesh in case you feel like seeing them:

Bike Ride to Kuncha Devi Temple

My rooftop room, New Bhandari Swiss Cottage Rishikesh

Although it is still several months before I am back in this wonderful place, I am already feeling the calming energies finding their way to me.  Life is good!!!

On the way up to Neelkant Waterfall Rishikesh

Rafting Camp Along Ganga

One of Favorite Winter Suits

reflections on the ganga

I will eventually go back to posting on my India Journal Blog, but for now, I will still be with you here.

BACK TO INDIA 2012!!

with love light and JOY

Jane

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Let Go and Let God

Beautiful Things to See Everywhere if we are Just MINDFUL of them

One of the things I have been manifesting for years now, is a brand new car (red of course!) There have been many things on my wish list, and so far, without exception, each thing has found its way into my life in strange and surprising ways, once I was able to release my own need to control the way things were happening- when and how  I felt, or imagined they should happen.  Since we do not have access to the “overview”  (for more information regarding this concept, you might like to check out the Kryon website and channelings, or read the books), there is no way that we can ever imagine, with our human limitations, the truly amazing things the Universe holds in store for us.  By trying to determine the “hows” however, we limit the Universe.  I have learned over the years to form a crystal clear intention of what I desire, hold it in my mind, feel its emotional reality and behave as if I already have it.  Once I have done this, I completely release everything else to God and the Universe and have o that all will happen exactly when and how it is meant to for my Higher Good.  Let Go and Let God

Free Food for the Pigeons

Once this became my modus operandi, things began finding their way to me, much to my continued amazement.  After years of  “doing everything the right way” to find a life partner for example, and always winding up with the wrong person, I realized that my trying to decide what I needed, what was best for me, was simply illogical and counter productive.  Once I got to the place in my life where I truly loved and respected and valued myself for who and what I am, I simply asked that whatever, and whoever was best for me, be allowed to find his way to me…and worked on this from a deep soul level. It has now been 9 fabulous months since this wonderful man was sent my way.  We met under very unusual circumstances, in a place I would never consider meeting someone, and he looks and acts (outwardly) nothing like I would have ever imagined myself to want.  But when we were brought together, we both knew that “something was happening”, and it is clearly a match made in heaven, and one that could never have happened by “doing all the right things” and taking charge of my life. We both agree that we are living a miracle and are grateful for it each and every day.

Free Food

The second thing which seemed as if it would never happen (simply because I did not have enough money), was my getting my own brand new, red car.  Well, applying the same intention and release system, things have once again proven themselves to truly work.   A large sum of money came into my possession in a totally ridiculous and unimaginable way, and I was truly flabbergasted by this.  I began to think about it, meditated on it, and realized this was God’s answer to my focused intention on a car.

So today, I went into town to find out about financing the rest of the car in the best possible way.  On the way, an Angel Feather was waiting for me…but not the usual kind.  Mostly I get the tiny fluffy ones or large ones which are shiny and beautiful.  This one looked as if it had been trampled and it had grease on it, and I almost went past it.  But if it was directly in my path, it HAD to be a message for me.

Angel Feather

Once I picked it up and felt its energy, I knew it was confirming my decision to buy a new car, but also telling me that things might not run as smoothly as I imagined but that I had made the right decision and all things would work out in the end.

And that is precisely what happened the rest of this day.  I won’t bore you with details, but I will be getting my new car, it will be what I have been dreaming of, but it will not be quite a simple as it seemed a few days ago.  But just knowing the Angels are supporting me will get me through the difficult places and keep me from giving up on the idea if it seems to ambitious.

While out and about, checking out the banks, I was, as usual, walking mindfully and enjoying the lovely spring weather -particularly the sunshine after so much cold and rain of late.

While waiting for my bus,  I came across this group of pigeons also enjoying not only the spring weather, but a free meal.  Lazily moving around and relaxingly enjoying the free bread put out for them,

Pigeons Enjoying a Spring Day

when all of a sudden a crow came along (see if you can spot it in the photo) and disturbed the peace of the morning…you can see the pigeons beginning to take flight.

A Crow Disturbs the Peace

In short, a day which could have been just a dull and boring one, bussing into town, sitting in a bank to get information and then coming home with more things to worry about, turned out to be a beautiful Spring outing with interesting events to see along the way.

I am so truly blessed and am grateful each and every moment for all the wonder and joy God  the Universe, and the wonderful Angels who assist at all times,  bring into my life.

with love light and JOY

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Below is a mail I received from Tom, Don Thomas, a Shaman, and it was so perfectly said, that I felt I would share it with you all as he wrote it.  I have his permission and suggest you check out his website at the end of the post

My Dear Sisters and Brothers,

 I have found that low self-esteem and lack of self-love are issues often found together. If you suffer from low self-esteem, it is possible that the root cause is due to insufficient self-love.

 If you find it difficult to obtain unconditional love and acceptance for yourself or loving yourself feels unnatural, is it likely that your mind has been embedded with self sabotaging thoughts a long time.

 Nothing will be any different until you make a conscious decision to change and you have that power to change!  When you do not unconditionally love and accept yourself, you are basically telling the Universe that you are unworthy or undeserving of any love, acceptance or positive outcomes that have the same vibrational match as unconditional love and acceptance.   

Learning to unconditionally love and accept yourself starts with making a conscious decision with an intention to become happy and lead a fulfilled life. When you do not unconditionally love and accept yourself and suffer from low self-esteem, it is almost impossible to ever reach the potential that you suspect you have.

 When you make a decision to unconditionally love and accept yourself, you are really saying that you want to come alive. You accept that you are responsible for the outcomes that you experience in your life and would like yourself to shine from living a fulfilling life.

  I have compiled a list of suggestions on “How to unconditionally love and accept yourself”, therefore, if you’ve decided to unconditionally love and accept yourself here are my 18 suggestions which I believe can be helpful in fulfilling your decision:

 1. Fall in love with yourself. Think about what makes you you. Just like a flower that needs watering to grow, learn to nurture yourself in every way. Love yourself for all the good that you are and accept your flaws and the fact that you are imperfect. This does not mean that you do not learn to change from your shortcomings; instead, you are being gentle and kind to yourself despite your “flaws”. Look in the mirror and fall in love with the reflection that is You. Speak loving thoughts to yourself and believe in you by nurturing this self love with corresponding thoughts, words and deeds.

 2. Eliminate Self Criticism. Do you often berate yourself over the tiniest things? Is there a little voice inside your head that often tells you that you are no good because you are stupid or make mistakes? If you find that you criticize yourself often, make an effort to stop the self-criticism. Remember I can is 100 times more important than IQ.

 3. Be Kind And Positive. When you start to think kindly and positively about yourself, the love you have for yourself naturally grows. Make it a habit to praise yourself everyday when you talk to yourself and in the front of the mirror. Because of such thoughts, you then naturally undertake empowering actions that support your development.

 4. Acknowledge Your Effort. It is not always about winning or being on top in everything that you do. Many times, it is the effort that counts! Acknowledge that you have done your best, even if you have not produced tangible results and learn from your efforts.  

 5. Let Go Of Worry. Unconditionally loving and accepting yourself requires you to let go of your worry. Constant worrying is a horrible way to live a life for it is wasted energy.  Worry does not help any way. It cannot, on its own, make things happen. Only wise actions can! So instead of worrying, spend time thinking about what you can do to help the situation. If there is something you need to do then do it.  If the situation is beyond your control, then make a request to the Great Spirit for what you want. Next, surrender your outcome.

 6. Trust Yourself. Have confidence in your abilities. Know that you have the ability to make important changes for yourself as long as you put your heart in it. You can also support yourself by visualizing desired outcomes.

 7. Forgive Yourself. If you have made mistakes in the past that have caused you to feel less worthy, then you need to forgive yourself. All of us make mistakes; so there really is no need to beat yourself up over them. Also, if you have been carrying around baggage of emotional hurt because of a childhood trauma, learn to forgive yourself and anyone else who may have caused your pain.  

 8. Be Truthful To Yourself. Unconditionally loving and accepting yourself requires you to be truthful about your own feelings. If you are happy, acknowledge the joy. If you are sad, acknowledge the sorrow. When you are truthful about your feelings, you do not try to lie to yourself or seek to bury your negative emotions. Instead, acknowledging what you feel provides a good guide to what your thoughts are. As we all know, thoughts can be changed, so that healing and self growth can take place.

 9. Grow Spiritually. When you spend time growing spiritually, unconditional love and acceptance of yourself becomes automatic. You become more peaceful, connected, kind, loving and compassionate. You nurture a mind that grows more beautiful by the day. You naturally love yourself in the process.

 10. Make Positive Affirmations Everyday. Reframe your mental outlook with positive affirmations. For instance, say this to yourself “I love and accept myself completely and unconditionally.” Read your affirmations out loud several times a day and then incorporate them into actions that are unconditionally loving and accepting.

 11. Express Gratitude. Express gratitude for the person that you are. For instance, cultivate an appreciation for your strengths and gifts. Also, feel a sense of gratitude that you are alive and well, and fully capable of making a difference in your life. Look for what is right and see all the many blessings in your life which are overlooked or minimized when we only focus on what we don’t have.

  12. Nurture Your Dreams. Why deny yourself your dreams? When you nurture your dreams, you will love the life that you are leading. Every moment that you live is a joy because you are expressing yourself fully. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do rather than the things you did do.

 13. Boost Your Self Confidence. Make a deliberate attempt to look for opportunities that can help improve your confidence. For instance, if you are particularly good at doing something, set aside more time to indulge and improve your skills on it. Knowing that you have particular gifts and acknowledging them can boost  self-esteem.

 14. Relax. Give yourself space to take breaks every now and then. If you spend your time working, without paying attention to your health, it also means that you do not unconditionally love and accept yourself well enough to take care of your own body. Fill your time with silence, meditations, fun, joy, soothing music and visions of beauty; anything that nourishes your body, mind and spirit.

 15. Have Fun. Inject some fun into your life. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Do not take life or yourself too seriously. If you can think of life in this manner, you automatically relax and quit worrying over things that do not matter.

 16. Look After Your Body. It is important that you strengthen yourself with prayer, proper nutrition and regular exercise. Your body is a temple and you should treat it with respect, love and care. It has been found that the lack of self love is often the root causes of conditions like eating disorders, obesity or even terminal diseases.

 17. Learn To See Beauty. When you learn to see beauty in everything, you will also see beauty in yourself. Thus, stop and smell the flowers. Notice everything. Feel everything. The pink blush of the flowers in your garden, the greenness of the leaves, , the whisper of the gentle wind, or the myriad hues of a setting sun.

 18. Share the Love. Once you have a true feeling for unconditional love and accept of yourself share it with everyone you meet.

 I suggest reflecting on this affirmation to grow your self love: 

 I am me. In the entire world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it.  I own everything about me: my body, my mind, my spirit, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, my failures and my mistakes.

 Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with myself.  In so doing, I can unconditionally love and accept myself  and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know – but as long as I am unconditionally loving and accepting of myself, I can courageously look for solutions to the puzzles and learn more about me to deepen my unconditional love and acceptance of myself.

 However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at any given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new to replace that which I  discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me.  I am me and I love and accept me….unconditionally!  

 Happy Valentine’s Day! 

 Peace, Love and Sacred Journey,
Don Thomas

 www.shamanic-path.com

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Are We Really Hearing the Messages? Faith, Prayer and Manifesting Continued

Sunset Over the Ganga- Rishikesh, India

If you’ve been following this blog you know that praying, or having focused intention , is  just another way of saying “asking for help” about what we want to manifest and always brings solutions, which start formulating themselves as soon as we’ve asked for them.  (See these two previous posts)

https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/leveraging-the-universe-manifesting-reality/

https://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/manifesting-reality-part-ii-the-role-of-faith-or-how-i-find-myself-living-in-india/

The problem is, they very often don’t fit our preconceived notions of how these solutions should come about or what form they should take.  Which is why expectations in any form are a “no-no” in the realm of manifestation.  We, as human beings, can never truly imagine in our wildest dreams all that is possible for us, and it is therefore counter-productive to limit God and the Universe and Divine wisdom.

The second problem is, very often we are given messages containing answers as to how to proceed, but we are either unaware of them, or not willing to accept them even if we do hear them.

And this is the question today:  Are we really hearing the message we receive and allowing ourselves to freely move forward with the new ideas, understandings or directions we are guided towards in these messages.

Below, a personal story to reinforce the above on a practical level.

I’ve personally been through a period of intensive change and growth on a personal level, which began with the release of deep seated issues a couple of years ago during my Panchakarma detox and rejuvenation treatments in India (you can read about some of these at these links)

Insight #1

Insight #2

Insight #3

At any rate, upon returning from India, issues continued to arise and demand my attention, going back to my early childhood and infancy, and finally, to past lives.  This is not the place for writing about these things, but they will eventually find their way to the blog as well.

However, while still dealing with the last issue from an extremely traumatic past life revelation, I found myself  at my monthly healing circle, and to my great surprise, yet ANOTHER issue presented itself. But it confused me and I although I understood what was being said to me, I didn’t see how I could go about dealing with it.  I felt myself, at that moment completely overwhelmed, and looking up towards heaven, I lifted my hands and simply said “enough!…I need a rest…give me a break…this is too much for me right now”.

THAT in effect, was my prayer, my request for help.  I came home feeling exhausted, went to sleep, slept soundly and during my morning meditation, I understood exactly what needed taking care of, even how I could go about dealing with it if I chose to, but still felt this was all too much to handle right now, and decided to “let it go” for awhile.

As the week went by however, I was given the blessing of repeated messages, which I did not initially “hear” or even see as messages, until yesterday, and then it hit me.

My house had been “flooded” with leaks of all kinds.  My washing machine began to leak, my toilet bowl began to leak and even my Feng Shui fountain began to leak!  What could this all mean?  Was there a connection (obviously there was but I had to listen carefully to hear what it was).  Everything is related to flowing…water flowing…moving along easily…finding its own way to move along etc.  And none of these leaks were urgent…very gentle, not overwhelming, flooding or demanding immediate attention.

And then I got the message:  There is no issue “on my plate” at the moment which demands my immediate attention.  Whenever you feel ready, these are just gentle reminders for you that there are still “things to fix”, but in the meantime, your life will “flow gently” and easily along – giving you time to rest and contemplate the next step necessary in your journey of continued growth,.

All this in direct answer to my prayer at the healing circle of   “enough!…I need a rest…give me a break…this is too much for me right now”.

It truly does work!  We just have to do our part and pay attention!

Light love and joy

Jane

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