Trust: Your Vision

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You must trust your Vision, that which the Still Small Voice counsels you about and that which your heart and soul are urging you to do. It is your Mission and your Destiny to do this.

Stop and take a moment to think about this question: Why do I have this Vision?

If you think the Universe is hostile, then you may answer the question with something such as you think it’s the Universe’s way of getting a laugh or that somebody needs to be punished and the Universe has decided it’s you.

If you think the Universe is friendly, then you may answer the question with something such as: you were given the Vision because with your unique gifts, talents, and abilities, you are the one best suited, in fact the only one, to bring this particular facet of Goodness into the world. You may think that although it’s a big job, you and the Universe are in partnership and together you’ll get ‘er done!

You can see how your beliefs about the Universe and what It thinks of you can have a deep and profound affect on your life. If you haven’t already started delving into your thoughts and feelings to get to the core presumptions about the Universe, as you were urged to do in yesterday’s post, please do so now! This is important stuff!

Take time today to think about the question ‘why do I have this Vision’ and listen and feel carefully to your answer. Tomorrow we’ll delve a little deeper into this so remember to check back!

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Trust: How to Trust the Universe

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What if, after yesterday’s post, you discovered that your basic assumption about the Universe is that it’s hostile toward you? What do you do about that? How can you change your decision and choose to believe the Universe is friendly, and that It’s even friendly to you?

If you can’t figure this out, does this mean you’re doomed to have ‘less than’ and that you’re condemned to live a lukewarm life that’s way below your potential?

NO!

You can live your soul-prospering life because YOU CAN retrain your thoughts and attitudes.

You must check in with yourself regularly and monitor what you’re thinking and feeling. When you catch yourself thinking thoughts that are not supportive, dig beneath the surface to find your particular spin on why and how the Universe is hostile to you, even if you think It’s just mildly hostile.

Take the time to do this!

When you find the underlying belief, ask yourself if it’s true. Put on your Investigator’s Cap and ask the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘why’, and ‘how’ questions. Fully understand your belief/assumption so that you can poke holes in it, pull it apart, and prove to yourself that it isn’t true; that there is another way to think about the Universe and Its attitude toward you. Be a devil’s advocate against the idea of a “Hostile Universe”!

Tomorrow we’ll talk about Trusting Your Vision. Be sure to tune in! Thanks!

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Trust: The Universe, Friendly or Hostile?

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The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly Universe or a hostile Universe. ~Albert Einstein

 

 

The quotation above said by Albert Einstein sums up the basic assumption we make early on about what we can expect from Life, and this fundamental belief shapes and influences our whole life long.

Stop and think about this a moment. Take the time to really understand what you believe–what you’re unquestionably accepting as incontrovertible, unalterable fact and Truth about the Universe: is it friendly or is it hostile? Which one of these choices do you act upon each day?

If you’re operating on the assumption that the Universe is hostile, you may think things such as you’re always getting the short end of the stick; you have to be glad and thankful for crumbs and leftovers of Life; you aren’t lucky; you never get what you want and you always have to settle for second best if you’re lucky; others who seem to be less qualified and “less deserving” than you seem to get ahead while you’re mired in the muck… .

These thoughts then guide your actions: you wind up with anyone who’ll have you; you don’t go for the dream job instead you aim lower, much lower; you give up and give in relatively easily….

And then you become angry and bitter….

You can see how this assumption–that the Universe is hostile, especially to you–can drastically inhibit your attempts at crafting a soul-prospering life.

However,

If you believe the Universe is a friendly place–even to you–you’ll think things such as you have what it takes; your idea is a good one, even though others may not be as excited about it as you are; with honest effort over time you’ll figure things out and you’ll achieve your dreams; other people getting ahead doesn’t limit you or take anything away from you….

You can see how this assumption can give you a hopeful, optimistic attitude. This attitude will enhance your efforts as you craft your soul-prospering life.

When thinking about the question “…is the Universe friendly or is it hostile?” you may find that you believe that the Universe is both of these, depending upon the situation. Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that you think one of these more often than the other.

So in your opinion, which is the Universe, friendly or hostile?

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks!

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Trust: Essential Ingredient for a Soul-Prospering Life – 6 Quotes

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Without trust we can’t craft and live our soul-prospering lives. Without trust it’s difficult to accomplish our Mission and to achieve our Destiny here on Earth.

There are three main types of trust: Trust in ourselves, trust in our Vision, and trust in the Universe.

Notice I didn’t include “trust in others”. Certainly trust that your friend and loved ones want what’s best for you; that they truly want you to succeed and be happy. Don’t look to them, however, to always be able to pitch in and help you or to always be enthusiastic and encouraging toward you and your dreams. They have lives and dreams and Missions and a Destiny, too! They have rough patches to wade through just like you do.

The only one who is always going to be right there with you in each and every moment of your life is YOU. So, it’s YOU that has to generate your own inspiration and motivation. It’s YOU who has to strengthen your resolve and wherewithal so that you can plow through the tough spots.

We’ll talk about trust this week, trusting yourself, trusting your Vision, and trusting the Universe.

In the meantime, here are a few quotes to get our mind prepped for the week ahead. Enjoy!

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough. ~Frank Crane

A man who doesn’t trust himself can never truly trust anyone else. ~Cardinal de Retz

Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree, because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch, or you might simply get covered in sap, and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors, where it is harder to get a splinter. ~Lemony Snicket

The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly Universe or a hostile Universe. ~Albert Einstein

Your destiny is the level where you will play your tune. You might not change your instrument but how well you play is entirely in your hands. ~Elif Shaftak, The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi

Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never even have imagined. The coincidences or little miracles that happen every day of your life are hints that the universe has much bigger plans for you than you ever dreamed of for yourself. ~Deepak Chopra, The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence

In the comments below, let me know what you think of these quotes. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

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Inspiring Poem: If All the Skies by Henry van Dyke

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This little poem reminds us that without sadness, we won’t understand or fully appreciate joy; without periods of lack, we wouldn’t appreciate abundance. It’s through the contrasts that Life presents to us that we are able to be fully human.

Enjoy the poem!

If All the Skies

If all the skies were sunshine,
Our faces would be fain
To feel once more upon them
The cooling splash of rain.

If all the world were music,
Our hearts would often long
For one sweet strain of silence,
To break the endless song.

If life were always merry,
Our souls would seek relief,
And rest from weary laughter
In the quiet arms of grief.

~Henry van Dyke.

In the comments below, let me know what you thought of the poem. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Inspiring Poem: The Has-Beens by Walt Mason

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Here is a poem that reminds us that while the world may say that we’re all washed up and it’s too late for us, it just ain’t so! It’s never too late to begin again.

Enjoy the poem!

THE HAS-BEENS

 

I read the papers every day,

and oft encounter tales

which show there’s hope for every jay

who in life’s battle fails.

 

I’ve just been reading of a gent

who joined the has-been ranks,

at fifty years without a cent,

or credit at the banks.

But undismayed he buckled down,

refusing to be beat,

and captured fortune and renown;

he’s now on Easy Street.

 

Men say that fellows down and out

ne’er leave the rocky track,

but facts will show, beyond a doubt,

that has-beens do come back.

I know, for I who write this rhyme,

when forty-odd years old,

was down and out, without a dime,

my whiskers full of mold.

By black disaster I was trounced

until it jarred my spine;

I was a failure so pronounced

I didn’t need a sign.

And after I had soaked my coat,

I said (at forty-three),

“I’ll see if I can catch the goat

that has escaped from me.”

I labored hard;

I strained my dome,

to do my daily grind,

until in triumph I came home,

my billy-goat behind.

 

And any man who still has health

may with the winners stack,

and have a chance at fame and wealth—

for has-beens do come back.

~Walt Mason

 

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Inspiring Poem: The Land of Beginning Again by Louisa Fletcher Tarkington

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Not one of us is exempt from difficulties. Instead of huge knotty problems to be grappled with, sometimes they are small things, especially those things left undone, that create a day that we label as a bad one.

This poem points out the little things that we occasionally don’t do, even though we know we should.   It gives voice to the regret we feel when we realize what we’ve done–or more precisely, what we haven’t done.

One thing the poet left out is that we can begin again. Each day is a clean slate and we can resolve to do those things we’ve regretted not doing in the past. As a matter of fact, each moment is fresh and new and we can choose to make a different decision.

I like the line “…And all our poor selfish griefs could be dropped, like a shabby old coat, at the door, and never be put on again.” It’s a great image that’s visceral–we’ve all worn a shabby coat, perhaps while doing yard work in chilly weather–and is a wonderful example of how to handle our regrets: just let them go because nothing we do in the present moment or in the future will change what happened. By treating each moment as an opportunity to be our better self, we can change our present moment, which will have a positive effect on our future.

Enjoy the poem!

 

The Land of Beginning Again

I wish there were some wonderful place
Called the Land of Beginning Again,
Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches,
And all our poor, selfish griefs
Could be dropped, like a shabby old coat, at the door,
And never put on again.
 
I wish we could come on it all unaware,
Like the hunter who finds a lost trail;
And I wish that the one whom our blindness had done
The greatest injustice of all
Could be at the gate like the old friend that waits
For the comrade he’s gladdest to hail.
 
We would find the things we intended to do,
But forgot and remembered too late—
Little praises unspoken, little promises broken,
And all of the thousand and one
Little duties neglected that might have perfected
The days of one less fortunate.
 
It wouldn’t be possible not to be kind.
In the Land of Beginning Again;
And the ones we misjudged and the ones whom we grudged
Their moments of victory here,
Would find the grasp of our loving handclasp
More than penitent lips could explain.
 
For what had been hardest we’d know had been best,
And what had seemed loss would be gain,
For there isn’t a sting that will not take wing
When we’ve faced it and laughed it away;
And I think that the laughter is most what we’re after,
In the Land of Beginning Again.
 
So I wish that there were some wonderful place
Called the Land of Beginning Again,
Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches,
And all our poor, selfish griefs
Could be dropped, like a ragged old coat, at the door,
And never put on again.

 

 
~Louisa Fletcher Tarkington.

 

 

What did you think of this poem? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren