"We can't really digest food unless there's hunger. So we can't really assimilate spiritual wisdom unless we feel the need for it." ~Radhanath Swami Thanks to Brainy Quote! Photo courtesy of Flicker! There are so many “spiritual people” who want to hold you accountable for your every action and every utterance. They are correct, but only up to a point. It is difficult, if not impossible to ALWAYS be positive, to ALWAYS be happy, to ALWAYS be grateful. If it were easy, don’t you think everyone would do it? Each person is on their OWN spiritual path. What other people can do is lead you toward the ideas and practices that resound most deeply within you. You are not here by happenstance or coincidence. If you are reading this message, it is because the message is for YOU. Pay attention! There are so many forms, practices, rituals, etc. leading to a more peaceful existence. Yet, in the end we are STILL HUMAN, with all the fragilities and failings that Being Human brings. We also have the grace, courage, perseverance and honor to know what the right thing is and do it more times than not. Not a single one of us is Perfect. Many of us are striving to do better and be better, but perfection is a long way off. This is one of the definitions of "spiritual". I say all this to say that “Thinking positive thoughts” does not always lead to desired outcomes. How could it possibly lead to exactly what you want when what YOU want may not be in your highest interest? Sometimes (The Law of Attraction) does not work! Sometimes, what I WANT is selfish and self-serving. So, how is something that only will benefit ME succeed in elevating me to a higher plane? It won’t. So, if you hear someone say that “Your thoughts are blocking your manifestations” sometimes that is TRUE. However, sometimes what you think you want is not what is best for you. And in those cases, you won’t get it! That is where committing to a spiritual practice will assist you to grow in all ways, with grace, acceptance, humility, courage and gratitude. You won’t get everything you want. Or, you will have everything you need, and be grateful to also have most of the things you want. I am in the second category. I don’t need a mansion, or a yacht (but I would love a Cessna) to stroke my ego. The reason I would love a plane is because I love to travel but HATE the airport. And many folks feel the same way. Please don’t get this twisted. There is nothing wrong with wanting or having nice “things”. But in the end, they are things and will not be going with you on your next step of spiritual development. That step where you are once again in SPIRIT form. There are so many resources on this site. Take advantage of what I have pulled together from my personal experience and offered to you. Need a little more guidance, try an Angel Card Reading! My Angels have been quite active this week ensuring me that I am on the right path. Trust me, this last few months have not been easy, but just before I give up, I remind myself how many times I have been pulled from the flames, before the burning starts. And then something special occurs! Time to get to work or in some cases BACK to work. As I have said time and time again – WE NEED YOU. This is an ALL HANDS ON DECK situation. So suit up and get to work! I appreciate you reading! Questions? Contact me! Namaste By:Michelle D. Smith ATTRIBUTE:Flicker.com
Greetings! The difference between High Ego and High Self Esteem is that High Ego is at someone else’s expense. High Self Esteem is the ability to Soar and take others with you. ~ Debbie Mancini (thanks Debbie!) https://www.facebook.com/DEARMAMADEB I often wonder at the people who can only make themselves feel better if they are judging others. Some folks have elevated this to an art form. While it may be funny, know that person talks about you the exact same way. They have no moral compass so there would be nothing (like shame, humility or integrity) to remind them you are supposed to be their friend. Be aware that EGO, unchecked does in reality Edge GOD OUT! No matter how much they attend church, if their entire life revolves around them, what they did, what they want, what they need (usually from you) that is High EGO. High Self Esteem will allow you to tell this faux friend that you are no longer willing to put up with their bullshit. That what is good for them may not be what is right for you. Pay attention to people who ONLY call you when they want something. Pay ATTENTION if every single time you answer their call the conversation starts with “I was wondering?” or “Do you still have???” Every conversation revolves around their needs, their wants, and their desires. When that person cannot take a few minutes to ask you how you are, let alone LISTEN for your answer, feel free to show your own High Esteem and release that person from your life. They (by now) should have served their purpose. Figure out what it is and LET THAT GO! You have real things to achieve in this lifetime. No need to worry about those who don’t get it, who won’t understand. Many, including your dearest friends will not get it or a new and different you. However, your best friends will allow you the freedom to do and BE YOU! That is the best High Esteem, grounded in faith, love, generosity and grace. Do YOU! Be MORE! By:Michelle D. Smith
Hello, Great Daily Word for Today. So, have you defined YOUR spiritual practice? This "Word" is a great prequel to tomorrow's Post- "The Sky Is Falling! WHOOOHOOO!
Thanks for reading!
Today's Daily Word
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I am grateful for my spiritual practice.
My spiritual practice is a journey, not a destination. Sometimes I put pressure on myself to be the perfect expression of God. I imagine I must meditate in a specific manner, pray in a certain way, or connect with Spirit using one technique or another. I tell myself I must be a perfect spiritual student and role model at all times.
No wonder I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders! When I pause in the silence, I realize this is a spiritual practice and I am a work in progress. Each day I set the intention to be my personal best and then I take authentic action. If I misstep, I simply forgive myself and begin again. I practice being an expression of God in my own, unique, perfectly imperfect way.
Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. --1 Timothy 4:15
Part Two No longer can I front or keep my spiritual talents on the down low. I am a powerful spiritual healer though I know not how that will manifest. I also am a natural intuit which has been increased even more this year. I have an creased ability to hear, smell and see what others do not yet perceive. Physical, emotional and spiritual healings are available to ALL now as never before; for all who are open to believe and receive these blessings.
We all need to focus on releasing/increasing our own spiritual qualities so they can flourish. This is the time we have come here to BE HERE FOR. No more shrinking- no more "seeking". It is time to BE that which we already ARE!
We need to be clear - Open, joyous vessels of all that is. We need to shine so bright the dark ones cannot and will not be able to see us. We need to sharpen our own discernment and use it in every relationship: personal, professional and familial.
We need to be in place to help all who will need us. We need to be strong, viable and open in our hearts, minds, and souls. Energy is flowing freely now to be accessed for self healing first. Then, use that energy to heal and assist others.
We have worked hard and long, centuries even to be here right now. This is not the time to shirk our duties, or squander our talents. All the answers are here for you Right NOW. The time is now and the heavens have lined up to assist, protect and guide in all ways. Our God and Angels are here, right now for us. Now, what are YOU waiting for? It is time to get to WORK!
Thank you God, Thank you my angels and guides for your love, light, guidance and protection.
Appreciate you taking time to read.
Be blessed, much love to you and yours.