LEAP OF FAITH DEFINITION

Or is it blind faith definition? In my opinion, they are one and the same and they both suggest”unknown” faith. My aim is to have faith in myself and others and the only way to begin is to find out what faith really is. My journey continues.

WHAT IS FAITH?

Back to the Thesaurus we go.

FAITH SYNONYMS: acceptance, belief, confidence, conviction hope,

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LEAP OF FAITH

allegiance, loyalty, certainty, credence ANONYMS: disbelief, distrust, doubt, uncertainty, denial, skepticism, suspicion, faithlessness, lying, treachery

I’ve made bold the ones that resonate with me, which ones resonate with you?

How often does doubt and suspicion block our way? We want to believe, we want to have faith and up comes the ego saying “this project you are working on, ain’t going to work, you are out of your depth, it’ll never work, you’re wasting your time, get real” etc. etc. Are any of these familiar to you? These thoughts discourage us with uncertainty, suspicion and faithlessness.

Faithlessness in myself, oh no I scream! I am going to be faithful and loyal to myself, despite what you say.

SABOTAGE

Our egos will sabotage our efforts over and over again. There is layer, after layer, after layer of ego interference that will veer us off our true path. I find myself in battle with my ego often. Anything good I want for myself my ego tells me I can’t have it. I’ve had enough of the lies and deception that is learned behaviour (from the past) that can simply be unlearned and tossed in the garbage. Let it go, let it go, let it go I sing to myself.

Get help with battling your ego with Joe Vitale.  Whenever I’m in battle with my ego I go straight to Joe’s method.  He has a brilliant way of bringing our struggles to the forefront,  letting them go and moving on to answers.  He has my highest recommendation and has made a significant contribution to my happiness journey.

FAITH

How am I going to claim faith in myself? Let’s look back at our lives and find situations where we had faith in ourselves. Where we somehow kinda knew (had faith) that we would: pass that exam with flying colours, win that tennis match, win someone’s heart, get that job, travel to England or where ever, win a prize, or an award for citizenship, or fairest and best, publish that book, sell that idea etc. etc.

An example in my life was playing tennis in our club’s championship singles event and I had to play a woman I had never beaten before. The members expected me to lose. I went out on the court with a spirited heart and clicked into a mind state that was invincible. I knew I would win before the first couple of games were over and I continued to play shots I would never have reached before. I was 100% in the moment and just doing it, knowing where to put the ball, where to serve and how to win. My faith in myself was on full display and I went for it.

Have you ever experienced “knowing in advance, faith displaying before your eyes”? Please share your experiences, they are beautiful to recall and make a great read for others. They are proof we already have faith in ourselves and know how to do it.

LET NOTHING GET IN YOUR WAY

LEAP OF FAITH
LET NOTHING STOP YOU

Another example in my life was when It was about 8 and my brother was 9. We were playing (he the accordion and me the piano) in a school concert. I made a mistake and forgot we were going to another verse and stopped playing. A little voice in my head said, “it’s OK, join in again at the chorus and no one will ever know”. That is exactly what I did and my dear brother got to play solo into the bargain. We laughed and laughed when our little part was over.

I’ve known ahead of time I would pass an exam, win a match, get a job I wanted, sell an item and the list goes on. Even if, I made a mistake I knew what to do. Check out the many times we have known the outcome. It is time to reconnect with our faith in ourselves.

Learn from your children or other children, it’s right in front of us. Kids have absolute faith in their next meal, their comfy dry bed, their next hug or kiss, that the apples will ripen, that their best friend loves them, that their family loves them, that they will get a spot in the footy team etc. etc. If it is something they want, they go for it and most of the time it happens. When they really want it and it doesn’t happen they work harder, apply themselves more, keep believing it is possible and keep their faith.

BEWARE THE EGO!

LEAP OF FAITH
EGO BATTLE

The ego will remind us of all the times it hasn’t happened (and I guess we all have some of those) and what did we do? WE QUIT. We give up and our egos won the battle. Will we let our egos win, throw us off the path or will we dig in, claim our faith in ourselves, work harder, find ways to help by learning more and let it happen when it is supposed to happen or better still at the right time.  A book called “Clearing Negativity” by Joe Vitale is another tool that will help us. Help is at our fingertips.

MY SECRET

I’m going to let you into a little secret. I know, in my heart, my online business is a success. Yet I fret sometimes as it is not growing at the pace I want it to. Now why would I do this? It causes me grief, my ego tells me” I’m doing something wrong, I’ll never get it right” and I fret more. I create heartache for myself because I want it in my time, like right now. These thoughts drag me down to lower vibrations and I simply won’t let this happen anymore. I need to step back and allow it to happen when it is meant to happen. Meanwhile, I need to keep doing what I am doing, do more, continue to learn and I will be shown or stumble upon the actions I need to take. I need to continue to have faith in myself, it’s that simple.

IN CONCLUSION

Well, my journey throws up what I need to learn every time. Please feel free to share your experiences of faith in yourself, how it came about and whatever else comes up that is relevant. We grow faster by sharing and empathising with each other. Go Well, Cheers, Jill

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BENEFITS OF HAVING PATIENCE

Patience and self-control go hand in hand. What exactly is patience and how do we firmly integrate it into our lives? I need to know too, so let’s explore and see what it is all about and how to embrace it. My journey continues.

LORDY LORD GIVE ME PATIENCE

Let’s go to the thesaurus to obtain the big picture.

PATIENCE: Synonyms: composure, diligence, endurance, fortitude, grit, humility, perseverance, persistence, poise, restraint, self-control, tolerance,

BENEFITS OF HAVING PATIENCE
Poise/Balance

backbone, calmness, cool, gutsiness, heart, serenity, even temper, staying power.                                                                                                                                    Antonyms: agitation, cowardice, idleness, indifference, indolence, laziness, lethargy, weakness, wildness, fear, resistance, frustration, impatience, intolerance

As usual I have made bold the ones that resonate with me. What do you resonate with?

IMPATIENCE CAUSES ME FRUSTRATION AND AGITATION

Having the gutsiness, grit and self-control to embrace patience gives us a high vibration and therefore happiness. Easier said than done. We become aware of how angry, frustrated, weak and resistant we feel and ask ourselves what are we doing wrong? When we feel things take too long to happen the way we want them to happen, our children, friends and even partners refuse to hear what we are saying and of course our ego believes we are right, we put in our precious energy to fix the lawn mower and the nuts will not come off the bolts, go to fix the reticulation and we run out of micro hose, taps, can’t find the stanley blade, need to do some machine sewing in a hurry and the sewing needle breaks and we don’t have a new one, get halfway through cooking something and realise we don’t have enough flour and so it goes on.

When we get angry, frustrated and agitated our whole demeanor takes a plunge and our whole day is ruined. Do you agree? When we are in these states we are in a low vibration state and what do we attract, more low vibration stuff and things often get worse e.g. we hit our thumb with the hammer!

HOW DO WE CULTIVATE PATIENCE

We all do have the common sense to be patient and all conquering. In fact we know, already, how to be patient but will we choose it?

When our patience is being tested, is it not easier to walk away for a bit, calm down and go for a drive and buy what we need, be creative and find another way, accept it is OK, have faith things will become clearer if we have the wisdom to give it a little time. Perhaps even consider there may be a reason things are not happening the way we want right now. In my case, I get frustrated, agitated and impatient because my website is not developing as fast as I would like it to. I put in, put in, put in so much time and energy and I still don’t have the traction I would like to have. Perhaps there is a reason for this, I ask myself. Perhaps there are things I need to put in place, like a plugin, a newsletter, a pop up that I am not aware of yet, a mentor I haven’t met yet. Or simply my ideas are not quite developed enough.

Another example in my life is our cat Sam.

BENEFITS OF PATIENCE
OUR SAM

As a stray cat he wandered in and patience, poise and staying power I won his heart. Now, I like a cuddly, lap cat and our Sam wants none of that. I tried picking him up and he fought, I tried putting him on the lounge beside me and he jumped down etc. etc. Frustrated the life out of me. One day I accepted he was not a lap cat and never would be. Sam was a wild cat and he is who he is. He meows in conversation, is in and out of our legs, loves to be patted and his purr is like an engine, he ordains to sleep inside with us when he wants and our lives would not be the same without him. My patience, poise and acceptance has been rewarded with love and cat company. What joy!

When we take time out and approach things calmly, we see with more clarity, trust all is well, the answer is at hand or just around the corner, get out feet back down on the ground and get grounded. Is this small detail such a calamity? I don’t think so. What about you?  Here’s a 30 second quiz for us to do to find out more about ourselves.  Why wouldn’t we want to know more about ourselves and get some clarity.

We are now in a high vibration state and attract more high vibration stuff e.g while driving to buy the things needed we run into a dear friend we haven’t seen in years and they offer to come and help.

Perhaps we don’t get low/high vibration talk. Know that whatever vibration we are operating in we get more of.  Want help, one of my teachers Joe Vitale has shown me ways to get answers to my low vibrations and truly let them go.

MY FEET ARE SMILING

Why is it that we are so impatient about life? While ever we are in such a rush

BENEFITS OF PATIENCE
Patience

to achieve, get things done, speed and propel our lives,( like rockets) we miss the moment, the tranquility all around us, our peace of mind, the joy of being and the grace of a calmer more fulfilling life. Why do we do this? Why do we complicate things, deprive ourselves of a meaningful, purposeful life? Our egos are so seductive. BEWARE THE EGO. The lessons keep coming on my journey and I welcome them with open arms as they lead me to a better way to live that is rewarding and easier. My feet are smiling! Bring it on I say.

IN CONCLUSION

I have enjoyed chatting with you all again. By now, I’m sure you have realised that when I work my way through my challenges, by writing my blog, I find the answers to my lessons. I am so glad when I hear from you, sharing your knowledge, wisdom and experiences as it truly does help me to grow with you. Thank you for sharing.

Cheers now, Jill

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IS FORGIVENESS A CHOICE?

It is a choice, however will you choose it? We will discuss “forgive and you shall be forgiven” in the context of this topic as it is more closely related to choosing to forgive than we realise. Let’s continue on my journey.

THOUGHTS THAT KEEP US FROM OUR TRUTH

We constantly judge others around us, particularly those who are close to us, because their action/non action and their speak heckles us. A close friend who laughs at a mistake we made and continues to rub it in, a partner who is untidy when we are tidy, a lover who betrays us, a close relative who physically threatens us, a partner who controls us with disdainful comments and belittle us etc. etc. Do you agree?

While ever we hold onto our judgments of others and react to their behaviours, we keep ourselves in prison and clutter our minds and hearts with resentment and bitterness. The only way out of this prison is forgiveness. Let me attempt to explain my take on how forgiveness can lead us to freedom.

Here is a link to a  30 second free quiz that will help you understand and know yourself better .

BACK TO THE THESAURUS FOR CLARITY

For this purpose I have selected forgiveness and acceptance to gain some clarity.

FORGIVENESS Synonyms: absolution, amnesty, compassion, grace, mercy, vindication, exoneration, lenience, respite Antonyms: blame, meanness, mercilessness, accusation, punishment

ACCEPTANCE Synonyms: acknowledgment, admission, approval, compliance, consent cooperation, recognition, acquiring, okay, permission, undertaking, green light, receiving, securing Antonyms: denial, disagreement, disapproval, dissension, opposition, refusal, veto, disbelief, dissent

I have highlighted the ones that resonate with me. Which ones do you resonate with?

IS FORGIVENESS SINCERE ACCEPTANCE?

By pretending something didn’t happen is simply a smoke screen. It still lives on in your heart and continues to arise in your thoughts and worse still, we bring it up again and again. Whether we speak it or think it the issue still has life and continues to be toxic in our consciousness.

True forgiveness is having the grace to sincerely accept someone’s behaviourYes, but will we choose it? and then we can let it go. It is who they are at the time, they can’t stop, they are hung up on their own lessons in their lives and we have our own role playing out. If someone’s behaviour is intolerable e.g. physical violence, mental abuse etc. it is then our responsibility to forgive them and physically move away for our own safety and protection.

In situations where people are unkind or rude it helps to mentally step back from them, see them as an individual (i.e. not your partner, not your friend) and therefore to see, with clarity, their role in the issue and our own role. Resolution is found and someone is forgiven.

I was unkind to a friend, on the phone, and handled the situation abysmally. I knew I had hurt her and attempted to apologise. She needed time to think through what had happened and we spoke a day later. I admitted (took responsibility) my outburst was blunt, rude and indeed abysmal. However we talked through the issue and she learned she needed to make slight adjustments to her behaviour too. She indeed, forgave me my outburst and we both grew. We can’t change other people’s behaviour and they can’t change ours. It is entirely up to the individual to take responsibility and make changes if they want to. They are they and I am I.

PERSONALITY TRAITS/PEOPLE’S BASIC NATURE

One thing to bear in mind is that we are all different, albeit we fall into personality categories. This is clearly represented in our star signs.

If you are not into astrology, a helpful fun read is a book called Personality Plus that describes four basic categories people fall into. Armed with knowledge of people’s basic traits makes it easier to forgive. We can see and accept their traits and they can see ours.

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Examples that exist in my life are: Tidy/untidy, spontaneous/planner, (one leaves things until the lastminute/other has always got a plan to follow), patient/impatient, drives fast/drives slow, creative/mental etc. These kinds of behaviours are innate and we were born with them. It would be pointless trying to get a spontaneous person to help plan. One doesn’t need a plan and the other does. Add to the mix the nature of men and women who behave differently and it becomes a sea of understanding. There is very little chance of a woman trying to change a man’s approach to driving and the opposite is a man trying to change a woman’s approach to the way she likes to dress or wear her hair. Only the individual can change the inherent so we accept them as they are and sincerely forgive them for being different to us.

FORGIVE AND YOU SHALL BE FORGIVEN

In learning to forgive others, we are forgiving ourselves for the rants and raves we have performed and realised we are, in fact, not perfect ourselves. Mirror this and we see how others accept and forgive us for being say shy, impatient, always late, needing a plan etc.

True forgiveness brings us peace of mind and a happy heart. We have let it go,Is Forgiveness A Choice? given others approval to be themselves and accepted they are none of our business. In fact, would it be true to realise, we have enough of our own lessons to learn without wasting time and precious energy on what we believe is their lessons. Live and let live comes to mind and I am going to put that up on my wall to keep me reminded. Another thought comes to mind we come into this world alone and we go out alone, is that not a clue to focus on our own journey?

IN CONCLUSION

I have enjoyed chatting with you, expressing my opinion and would love your contribution to the conversation. Your thoughts, your experiences, your opinion, so we can help each other to grow into our happiness together. Happy journeying and cheers for now, Jill

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SELF ESTEEM VS EGO

Let’s explore the difference between self esteem and ego. There are layers and layers of ego and when we overcome a layer we think we are done. Believe me there are other layers that go deeper and deeper. The bears and the rainbows are away having a holiday so it’s back to earthling me.

LOW SELF ESTEEM AND EGO

The ego drives low esteem and is learned behaviour that can be unlearned. I believe the first few layers are easily recognised as they are simply “on the surface” negative thinking. The very first thing we need to do is become self aware of negative thoughts to enable us to challenge the ego and take back control of our lives.

By simply deciding we will discipline ourselves to become self aware is the very first layer. The ego will immediately resist any endeavour to become self aware as it knows it is about to be challenged. Consequently, we will have thoughts of :

BASEMENT: “I can’t be bothered monitoring my thoughts, my speak and my actions. This is all bullshit. There’s nothing wrong with my ego, it’s you that has the problem” etc. and our self esteem stays low, exactly where it is. Does this sound familiar?

FIRST FLOOR: We defy our egos and start to monitor our thoughts, speak and action and discover quickly that we do think, speak and act negatively most of our waking hours. We decide to consciously change our thoughts, speak and actions to positive ones. We begin to look at what would truly make us happy. Perhaps more money, more love, a better job, more freedom. Our egos react with:

“You are being silly, you don’t deserve that, you are not worthy, you are not smart enough, you are too old or too young” etc. and our self esteem stays low, exactly where it is.

HIGHER SELF ESTEEM AND EGO

EIGHTH FLOOR: We have pushed past the bottom floors to about the eighth floor and our self esteem is significantly higher. We do love ourselves, know we deserve and are worthy of anything we desire, have decided where we want to be in 1 year’s time, have set our goals on paper, we have a step by step plan and we feel good about ourselves, have grown in confidence, believe in ourselves and know where we are going. However, we reach a block/barrier that has us reeling, we feel stuck, we are in a maze, every way we turn is unrewarding, we have pushed so hard we are exhausted perhaps even burned out. At this point the blocks/barriers we come across are much stronger and stretching our resolve, however we can find solutions. Our egos have lost layer after layer and are now fighting to remain in control and their reactions are also stronger and more sophisticated:

“You are stuck, you are confused, frustrated, disappointed, despairing, overwhelmed, you have to struggle to get ahead, it’s so tough, things have to be hard, it’s never going to be easy, you will never make it, I told you so” and now our higher self esteem stays exactly where it is.

Have you noticed the higher we go the resistant feelings become a greater challenge to overcome.

HIGHER SELF VS EGO

By this stage I have learned to identify Higher Self language versus Ego language. Let’s make a list of a few to refer back to.

HIGHER SELF / EGO LANGUAGE

  • Positive/ Negative
  • Generous/ Greed
  • Light/ Dark
  • Hope/ Despair
  • Belief/ DisappointmentTHE FLIP
  • Love/Self Hate
  • Full/ Empty
  • Joy/ Depressed, debilitated
  • Clarity/ Confusion
  • Compassion/ Indifference
  • Patience/ Impatience
  • Optimism/ Pessimism
  • Healing/ Sickness
  • Winning /Defeat
  • Controlled/ Overwhelm
  • Surety/ Fear
  • Easy /Hard
  • Soft /Tough
  • Harmony /Struggle
  • Anger/ Calm
  • Sweet/ Bitter
  • Free /Stuck
  • Support Sharing /Loneliness
  • Courage/ Doubt

Remember THE FLIP. We simply need to choose the positive attitude and wear it proudly. Be aware the ego will make things seem tougher, a struggle and harder. When I am faced with a challenge that I can’t see a solution, I fall back on my intuition for answers. e.g. I am particularly inept with the technical side of social media. After feeling “helpless and I don’t know how to do this stuff” my intuition told me to get help from an expert. The lesson I learned was “Asking for help is a perfectly acceptable solution”. My ego had me floundering around, wounded and not capable for a day or two! There is always an answer from our higher selves.

HELP COMES IN MANY FORMS

It could be a mentor, a teacher, a friend, a business acquaintance, a peer, someone doing what you want to learn. I have found help and assistance in a female entrepreneur group, a business acquaintance and a teacher. Once again I remind you of one of my teachers,  Joe Vitale. I have great respect for Joe, and his teachings have just got me through an ego driven battle (block/barrier) that I was losing big time. His latest scientifically proven method, called The Secret Mirror, really worked a treat for me. I strongly recommend that you give this a try.  It has a 60 day money back guarantee.  I can assure you I won’t be returning mine! Thank you Joe. Once more I am free and off and running, feeling wonderful and confident knowing I have places to go for a helping hand.

In Conclusion

There truly is help everywhere if we take the time to calm down, get grounded, stay true to ourselves and our goals, look and ask. Once again, I request you comments on you journeys, perhaps where you are at, where you are going, a challenge you overcame and how. Sharing and supporting is a wonderful way to give back, lend a helpful hand and grow together. Until next time, Cheers Jill

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DEFINITION OF HIGHER POWER

Our Higher Power is a higher state of consciousness. When referred to as a higher state of consciousness, I believe it takes the mystic out of the words higher power and therefore seems more achievable. Let’s see what the Bear Family has to say about it.

MAMMA AND POPPA BEAR KID FREE WEEKEND

Once upon a time Mamma and Poppa Bear dropped the kids of to a Kiddies Camping Weekend. On the way home they dropped into Muffin Break for a coffee and cake. They valued time together where they could relax and be themselves, a bit of togetherness and Pappa held Mamma’s hand. They truly loved and enjoyed each other

Definition of Higher Power

Upon arriving home Pappa headed off to do a few chores while Mamma prepared a Country style Chicken Casserole for dinner. It was Pappa”s favourite meal. Then she headed off to have a shower, put on a trace of make-up and some of her favourite perfume. She looked at herself in the mirror and was pleased with her efforts, she thought “I look beautiful” and with a smile on her face she headed off to set the dinner table with a few special things. As she was laying the table she heard Pappa come home and he headed off to shower and shave.

The two of them were sitting comfortably with each other, eating dinner and chatting about Teddy and Missy loving the camping weekends as much as they loved time to themselves. As they were about to tuck into a bread and butter pudding Mamma asked Pappa “What is this higher power? The ladies at the bowling club are all talking about it”. Pappa replied “Oh Mamma, not this again”. Mamma said “You see things differently to me so let’s see if we can get some clarity. I need your help”. Pappa replied “All I know is we are responsible only for ourselves. It doesn’t matter what I think. What I think is my journey. You need to think for yourself about your journey”.

 He added, “A wise old man shared with me, a common mistake we may make is, when we believe we have reached a higher state, we tend to parade a Holier Than Thou attitude and are tempted to try to convert others. This cannot be done. Everyone has to want to take, and be responsible for their own journey (a personal one, that can take many different paths). When we try to convert others with our superior attitude, we don’t stop to think, maybe these people are more evolved than we are. Humbling but true. When we stop judging others and ourselves, we can step back and realise we have made mobs of progress, however there is more to discover, new concepts to explore that will further expand our consciousness and being. It truly is a journey, not a race”.

Mamma sat and reflected on what this wise old man had shared with Pappa and realised it was time to take her own journey. She said quietly “Thank you for sharing the old man’s thoughts Pappa” and leaned over, gave him a quick kiss and started to clear the table. It was time for bed.

THE RAINBOW FAMILY

Meanwhile the Rainbow Family and friends, were celebrating little Bow’s birthday. Mother Rainbow had been inspired to make not only a beautiful fairy cake but had hung many brightly coloured lights that were twinkling away. They all danced around the cake with sheer joy and the kids squealed, a little, as their joy filled the air. It was truly a wonderful happy time.

Eventually the kids, with their tummies filled, went of skipping and playing hide-and-seek in the soft white clouds. The adults retired to their favourite armchair clouds and settle in for a bit of warm fellowship with their friends.

Definition of Higher Power

The moon, a wise old man, and the raindrops had been friends of the rainbows for many “moons” so to speak and the sun dropped in briefly through the clouds. They all marveled at their different energies, and the rainbows commented on “not being solid”.  The moon agreed and said, “in a way, you rainbows are a perfect example of displaying energy, not touchable or holdable yet there you are in all your glory”. The others agreed, they all appeared different and knew they were all the one source of energy.

EARTHLINGS STRUGGLE WITH ONENESS

The wise old man said “It is sad that the earthlings have forgotten their source. They are challenged by the fact that they are not actually solid, like they think they are, they are all simply energy exactly the same as us. I notice more of them are waking up again and it is wonderful to see. As we know, the pure source is simply an energy consciousness, a higher state of consciousness. They wander around in the wilderness not realising who or what they really are. Most are worried about where the next dollar is coming from and more material possessions. This keeps them locked into a low vibration and they get more low vibration outcomes. How can we help them?

SOUNDS CRAZY BUT……..

LET IT ALL GO. Let it all go in our minds. Our attachment to possessions, our negative thoughts, our negative emotions and negative reactions and our obsession with dollars are the silly little things that keep us in mundane consciousness.  Truly, our egos keep us in this mundane consciousness.  If we could let it all go, we are free to explore new concepts, expand our thinking and consciousness and learn again, how to simply be, be like a baby again, be a living thing, be a life, be a journey and live in the moment.

It is time to introduce you to Joe Vitale.  Joe featured in the the movie documentary “The Secret” and has since written many books and put together helpful programs to train us to rise above our mundane consciousness, face our egos head on and move on to higher consciousness.  Joe , himself, was living on the street and in poverty. Joe’s latest scientifically proven program “The Secret Mirror” has a 60 day money back guarantee. I can assure you I won’t be returning mine! These wonderful teachers are THERE FOR US to learn their wisdom and find our destiny.  Come join me and let Joe lead us to the happiness and abundance we all crave.

IN CONCLUSION

My journey continues and I am stretched to keep up with what is happening. I purchased Joe’s “Secret Mirror” to help me through feelings of overwhelm and confusion.  I recommend his teachings in a heart beat.  Your input and your experiences would be appreciated, so please leave your comments so we can grow together.  Cheers  Jill

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