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Judgment v.s. Condemantion

“Fear that people harbor of the differences that exist between them originates in the belief of separation and the difficulty in knowing the true connectedness of all people and objects in the universe.”  Journey From Ego, The Path To Healing

 I will admit that I struggle with this, the practice of being nonjudgmental. There was a time when I thought that I was. Then came a time when I knew I wasn’t, but wanted to be. Most recently I’ve come to the understanding that I’m human, and thus I am judgmental. It’s part of the human condition, an outcome of living in a dualistic “reality”. This life that we consider our “reality” is the illusion into which we insert ourselves, and one of the outcomes is dualism, thus the belief in separatism, and practice of being judgmental.

Phillip J. Watt, in his guest blog for Wake Up World, entitled Judgment isn’t the Problem – It’s Condemnation, states the following:

“Passing judgment on the world around us is a perfectly natural        aspect of   being human. (Whew! That makes me feel so much better about myself. – See? I just can’t stop!) We continually assess our environment and form opinions on whether we are safe, what response we should have and if we personally resonate with the energy of each given life circumstance.

Ironically we never arrive at an absolute truth either; all we can do is create the best possible estimate of how we think and feel about whatever we are examining. Therefore, we all pass judgment – be it positive or negative, independent or comparative, realistic or unrealistic, selfless or selfish, contextual or divisive. Put another way, we continually critique the people and situations in our life, including ourselves, which is why the process we undertake can either be healthy or unhealthy for everybody involved.”

Just reading the title of this piece afforded me an ah-ha moment. Archangel Jophiel, as the primary voice in Journey… weighs in heavily on the issue of passing judgment on others, or on ourselves, for that matter. She tells us repeatedly that we must cultivate an attitude of unconditional love for others, not necessarily of their deeds, but of their heart and soul, which are in direct communication with ours via the love of the One. If we judge another being, we are in fact judging ourselves by exposing and reflecting our own fear.

So I remain diligently observant of my judgment of others while I judge myself negatively for my seeming inability to avoid it. And then I learn that it’s not because I’m a “bad” person, it’s because I’m a person, a human being. It’s one of the ways we cope with living this earth-bound existence; that it’s not judgment that is the issue, but rather the act of condemnation.

Mr. Watt goes on to say:

“So if we’re continually condemning people or their actions, we inherently imply that we are better than them. This is a false state of self-worth. If we have hinged a substantial portion of who we are in the condemnation of others, then not only are we condemning them, but we are encouraging self-harming behaviors to develop such as hatred, vanity, jealousy, resentment and intolerance. This is hurtful to not just others, but also ourselves too.

Examples of self-harming judgment include: “they’re worthless”, “that behavior is unforgivable”, “I hate them”, “I’m better than them”. If this occurs we’re judging in a self-abusive way, which brings negative and disharmonious vibrations to our own energy. We’re continually radiating negative and unhealthy emotional states as a result.”

This is what archangel Jophiel refers to when she discusses the issues of judging others, condemnation; and this explains neatly how judgment, in the form of condemnation introduces negativity into our lives.

So, if being human presupposes being judgmental, then let’s focus on compassion and empathy. Let’s practice assuming that everybody contains a soul of light and holiness despite their intolerance, cruelty, filthy clothes, expensive cars, lack of patience, or past mistakes or misdeeds. Let’s assume that the person behaving badly had something awful happen to him today; that the person engaging in condemnation is at a lower level of self-development, what archangel Jophiel would call, “still asleep”.

Finally, because I feel that he says it so concisely:

“Ultimately, our judgment is simply a projection of our conditioning, beliefs and values… even though it is practical for humans to judge on a superficial level, at the end of the day it’s still an illusory snapshot of eternity. No matter if someone is a stranger or best mate, when it comes to placing any permanent defining fixture on them, including the whole of reality itself, we close ourselves off to the infinite possibilities of our consciousness.”

Thoughts? Leave me a comment. Start a conversation.

Angels At Work

I introduced Sheryl, my niece-sister, a couple of posts back titled “Thank You Just Doesn’t Cover It”. She received an email from a friend, one that she had gifted a copy of Journey From Ego, and she forwarded it to me. Sheryl tells me that she gets this type of feedback on a regular basis, (but rarely in print). I wanted to share it because it’s a spectacular example of one type of angelic intervention, so here it is:

“I had to place a kid at St. Mary’s and it was taking way         toooooo long so I asked the angels to help us out.  We had a date of admission for 8/5, then it changed to the 4th. So I started writing the disposition report and on Wednesday I thought I had a few more days to finish. Silly me. On Wednesday afternoon I got a call from the placement and was asked if we could do the intake the next day, (7/30) at 2:00. Of course I said yes but then had to work like a mad woman…to have everything ready for the next day’s hearing at 1:00 and then run to St. Mary’s. It serves me well for not paying attention and being ready, because the angels will respond…!”

Yes, they will. One caveat though. The angels always hear us if we wish it, and they always answer, but now and then the answer might be difficult to hear. It’s not because the answer is unclear, it’s because we don’t want to hear the answer that’s being provided. We have to remain open-minded. The answer that is given might encourage one to move in an expected, even unwanted direction. The answer might even be “no” when what we really wanted to hear was “yes”, or vice-versa. Sometimes when we believe that the angels aren’t talking to us, it’s because we’re blocking them out – we think  we want an answer to our question, or our dilemma, but really we don’t.

Always bear in mind, we all have free will; we can make the choice whether or not to follow through on the suggestions that come to us via the angels. Then it’s just a matter of remaining accountable for our actions.

I invite you to share your angelic interventions in “Comments”. If you prefer that yours not be made public, just let me know.

Why Angel Wing Earrings?

 

 

I’m aware that the photo on my last post appeared sideways in the mobile version of the website. I’m bummed, but I don’t know how to change it. It was upside-right here, so I assumed it would be everywhere, but no, it wasn’t. If anyone has any insight into this dilemma I’d love to hear it so it doesn’t happen again, or if it does, so I can fix it.

And why post a photo of earrings in the first place? What’s the big deal about angel wings? It wasn’t meant to be an insider comment, but it did occur to me that if one hadn’t yet read my book, Journey From Ego, The Path To Healing there would be no context for a post referring to angel wing earrings.

Here’s the background. The content of Journey From Ego came to me via the angelic realm and much of it is regarding the manner in which angels are able to assist us in our daily lives. It tells us that angels surround us always; that they are only a whisper away. Journey reminds us that all we need to do to receive angelic assistance is request it; that our requests are always heard and always answered. Journey schools us in the how-to of wording our requests using specifics so that we receive the outcomes we desire rather than using broad words such as “patience”, “discipline”, or “happiness”. You can read more about this in my previous blog post, Practice.

In the popular media there is some discussion about exactly which are the “original” archangels and which are “lesser” archangels and about exactly how many archangels there are. Some of this controversy stems from what is stated in the Bible regarding this matter. It also is impacted by other authors, of which there are many, who write about angels and guides and how they interact with us in our world. Journey From Ego describes seven of the archangels as being the original seven to stand before God.

Archangel Michael is the “Beautiful One”. His light is of a brilliant blue hue. He is the angel of mercy and light. He brings families together, as well as using his mighty sword to slice through the cords that entangle humans in unhealthy relationships of anger, guilt or hypocrisy. Call on Michael in times of insecurity, fear or emotional upheaval. He will protect you from dangers of all kinds. He is a protector and will be with you at a moments notice if you but ask for his presence or intervention.

Archangel Raphael is a healer of people and animals alike, and glows with sparkling green light, the color of new spring grass. Calling to Archangel Raphael will instantly bring his mercy and you will feel his healing presence. He also is of particular assistance when things are going all wrong. No matter what the issue, if you find yourself struggling to complete a project, call on Archangel Raphael for his calming touch and observe the smoothing out of difficulties.

Archangel Chamuel is a powerful angel, a protector of the world at large, as well as a source of protection and comfort for individuals. Chamuel is the finder of lost items, including pieces of ourselves. Can’t fine your keys, your other shoe, an important document? Requesting Chamuel’s intervention will lead you to that which is missing. Likewise if you are in need of a specific item for a project Chamuel will assist you in locating it. Archangel Chamuel is also a source of inspiration in the midst of perplexing situations.

Archangel Uriel is the angel of peace. If requested he will bring to you serenity and hope. Archangel Uriel brings peace to the world and the end to war on Earth. He is also the angel of divine justice.

Archangel Zadkiel is the angel of mercy and understanding. His is a soft and golden light, one that is always with you in times of sadness or depression, or loneness. Zadkiel is the angel to bring your questions of relationship, who will assist with the mending of broken hearts and broken relationships. Requesting the assistance of Zadkiel will soften the edges of grief and the sensation of having been misunderstood.

Archangel Gabriel is the angel of strength. Gabriel is the angel that will provide to you the ability to see the greater picture and also to have faith. He will ease your heart and strengthen your faith in challenging times. Look to Archangel Gabriel to guide you in times of desperation and of grief.

Archangel Jophiel provided the content of Journey From Ego, The Path To Healing. She is the archangel of illumination and creativity, and will assist with any project that serves one’s evolution. It is through the act of creation that evolution occurs and it is through God that one creates. She brings knowledge, wisdom and connection with your higher self.  It is Jophiel who whispers ideas to inventors, scientists, educators, writers and artists of all genres. It is Jophiel that is responsible for exposing the manipulative, greedy nature of corporations and governments that would lead countries into chaos and the earth into annihilation.

Jophiel tells us in Journey, that God wishes us to be happy, and that angels are God’s messengers. The angels bring us messages in many forms and in order to receive them we must be open to hearing and observing them. Angels provide their messages in person-specific forms. That is, those that enjoy music may suddenly notice a song lyric that speaks directly to an issue that is current in that person’s life. Or a message may be found something that is read, a magazine, poetry, or a novel. These messages may take the form of creating synchronicities, which when followed lead to unexpected opportunities. I personally treat feathers found unexpectedly, often in unusual places, as angel whispers, as reminders that my angels are near to me.

The primary message shared in Journey From Ego is that the angels will, if we request their assistance, help us to identify the voice of the ego so that it can no longer usurp our power. It is the ego voice, the voice of fear that talks to us incessantly, while we mistake it as being our own. It is the ego that influences our choices; that sabotages us; causes us to be insecure, insincere, jealous, vengeful, judgmental – all of which are ego-based (i.e. fear-based) responses to life’s challenges and opportunities.

So there you go – the reason for the reference to angel wing earrings. That’s it, in a nutshell. I mean, there’s more of course – 230 plus pages. And of course I urge all who haven’t yet read Journey From Ego, The Path To Healing to do so, because in it archangel Jophiel shares a message of great love and hope and a prescription for saving each other, as well as the earth on which we live. Readers report that angel energy enters their lives from the get-go, that they feel their influence, and sense their presence and their loving support.

I can’t wait to hear your stories of angel interaction and synchronicity. Enter your stories in the Comments section, or email me at author.elizlehl@gmail.com.

Thank You Just Doesn’t Cover It

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I received this photo with a text saying, “Check out my new wings. Angelic, no?”

Actually, yes! I love them!

This is Sheryl’s ear and one of her new wings. Technically Sheryl is my niece, but being only two years apart we’ve always considered ourselves more like sisters than not. We grew up in exceedingly different socio-economic situations, our lives punctuated by dissimilar traumas. Sheryl and her brother lived with my family for a period of time while we were in elementary school, and spent several summers with us sharing road trips and Saturday morning house cleaning extravaganzas. As is commonly the case we have completely disparate memories of our childhood.

As children we were as dissimilar as could be – she a bookworm and I a tomboy. In high school she pursued drama, while I blended in. While I was raising babies in my twenties, Sheryl was disco dancing. She’s always been a special aunt to my daughters and often had them for sleep overs when they were young; when they got older she enlisted their help in party preparation – many valuable lessons learned there! AND she saved me from back-to-school shopping with testy teenagers, teaching them the thrill of the hunt, to shop the sales and to find the best deals.

These days? Well, these days Sheryl should be receiving a fee for her part in promoting my book, Journey From Ego, The Path To Healing. To date she has gifted at least 25 copies to her friends and acquaintances. How cool is that? She tells me that I would “be amazed at how many people are reading and benefiting from it every day.”

Oh, thank you, thank you for sharing Sher. Thank you for sharing my work so unabashedly, for passing on the fact that people are actually reading it, for sharing the reader’s experiences. Everything after that is cake. I’m so grateful to be able to touch the lives of others. Thank you and thank you again! It just puts a big ol’ smile on my face!

Unimaginable Innovation

Planetary Nebula NGC 2818 from Hubble  Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)
Planetary Nebula NGC 2818 from Hubble
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)

For those of you who happened to see the article titled Hubble’s Greatest Hits, by Timothy Ferris, in the April, 2015 National Geographic some of what follows will be redundant. If you did you also saw the images included. If you didn’t you owe it to yourself to seek them out. (ngm.com/more) Zoltan Levay, imaging team leader at the Space Telescope Science Institute has worked with the Hubble’s images since 1993. He provided his ten all-time favorite images for the article.

First of all I can’t imagine how anyone could choose only ten of what must be the most gorgeous and mind boggling collection of images that exists anywhere. And secondly, I find myself completely overwhelmed by the immense distances that they represent. This is time travel! And I admit to wondering if I’m slow on the uptake, or if I just haven’t been paying attention, but we’re talking 300 million light-years away in one particular image. (One light-year equals nearly 6 trillion miles).

I’m certain that my father, who passed away in the early ‘80’s, would never have believed it possible, and he had the opportunity to observe a heck of a lot of innovation in his 83 years. He saw the first automobiles, the washing machine and later the dish washer, the discovery of penicillin and the release of a vaccine for polio, the first commercially available television and the color version which allowed us to follow the Vietnam War in gruesome detail everyday from across the world. And of course he followed the space race and watched the flight of Apollo 11. But this would have been unimaginable.

Did you know that when the Hubble was launched in 1990 aboard the space shuttle Discovery, it faltered? The light-gathering mirror, which was eight feet in diameter, the smoothest large object ever made, had been figured wrong. Being relegated to the cargo bay of the space shuttle, despite the astronomers wishes for bigger and higher, turned out to be the Hubble’s salvation. Had it been launched out of the reach of Discovery it might have become a “billion-dollar blunder”. Instead, in a series of compromises, it was constructed in such a way that components could be replaced or repaired. According to Ferris, it took five shuttle service missions to transform the Hubble into the productive scientific machine it is now.

So, what is my point? That we as a whole and I as an individual are/am a mere blip in time, but rather than causing me to feel that my life is immaterial, this knowledge stirs sensations of connectedness to eons of conscious awareness; that humanity has the potential to create unimaginable innovation; that events are frequently serendipitous and synchronistic, and we all have the choice to follow or not; that following is what leads to unimaginable innovation.

We never know what’s coming next. We’re not supposed to know. We can allow not knowing to cause us anxiety. Or we can trust in eons of conscious awareness to lead us through the darkness.

I’d love to hear from you.

Three Ways Ego Sabotages Your Growth

Are you where you want to be, doing what you want to do? In other words, are you content with your life? Do you feel fulfilled and fully present? Are you the hero of your own life?

Granted you may be tired, exhausted even, but when you go to sleep at night are you able to congratulate yourself on a day well spent, at least most of the time? Sometimes? Or do you fall asleep planning a new venture, or thinking about an ambiguous point in your future when you will…well, maybe you aren’t quite sure, but something will be different.

Or maybe you are sure. Maybe you know exactly what you want to do instead of what you are doing, and you fully plan to – someday. Or perhaps you feel that you are exactly where you are meant to be, moving along your path, but quaking in the boots you wear as you walk along.

The angels whisper to us, they provide us with inspiration, passion even, to help us find our path, and synchronicities to assist us with staying on it while we move forward in our lives. The ego, on the other hand fights for control. It prefers that we move away from the path that leads us back to ourselves and away from ego, away from its control.

Here are a few of the tactics that ego uses to control your process:

The ego preys on your sense of inadequacy and uses self-deprecation to further its agenda. It is masterful at knowing your weak points and using them as gaps to flow into your psyche in order to remind you that you are not smart enough to go back to school, or that you don’t have the financial wherewithal to start that business, or that public speaking is terrifying.

The ego voice engages you in self-talk that is typically negative in nature. It tells you that you don’t have a “math brain”, so there is no way you could master the accounting classes necessary to successfully run a small business; that in order to compete for that position you’d have to first lose thirty pounds, at least; that you’re not an artist, so taking a painting class it just too frightening. The ego-voice is commonly confused with that of your own voice.

Another way ego sabotages you is by using the S-word against you. SELFISH! That is, your ego voice will not only tell you that you are being selfish, but it will do its best to convince you. Most of us were taught as children that selfishness is not an admirable trait, which is true. But somewhere along the way the line between self-care and/or personal growth, and selfishness became blurred. Most of us (especially women) believe that self-focus and taking care of oneself is synonymous with “selfishness”. Your ego-voice will often be only the first of several voices to let you know that you are being selfish. This occurs in anticipation of being asked by those you are the closest to, “What about me?” “What about the kids, (your job,) (the mortgage)?” Because you know you will be, right? These are the questions you ask yourself before anyone else does. Only it’s not you asking, it’s ego.

Following the initial assault of the ego-voice, you have the terrain of the egos of others to navigate. The opinion of selfishness, born of the fear and insecurity of the other, is frequently posited without pretense and with much emotion as in, “You can’t be serious. You’re being so selfish!” Or, “You’re only thinking of yourself!” AND THEN, “What about…” Ego loves that. Now it can say, “Told you so.”

A third mechanism is guilt. Guilt has got to be one of the most motivating (read paralyzing) of all of the emotions we experience, and ego counts on that. Growth creates change. It’s inevitable. (Imagine a comic strip; one person speaking to another saying, “I just wish change didn’t have to be so different.” Not funny perhaps, but so true.) When your personal growth bumps into the life of another person something in that person’s life changes and when that change is met with resistance guilt is the outcome. Resistance can take many forms – anger, sadness, jealousy to name a few, but at its most basic level resistance is fear. And fear is the voice of ego. It’s a circle. It’s a trap, an ego trap.

So how do you find your path, or continue to move forward in your life? How do you avoid being sabotaged by that ever-ready ego? How do you know the ego voice from that of your own?

  • You take the time to practice quieting the chattering voice in your head in order to hear the softer, quieter voice of your heart. Your angels speak from your heart, not your head.
  • You take the time to feel your emotions. Ego-based emotions are fear-based and destructive. Angel whispers are compelling, inspiring, light-hearted. They lift you up and carry you forward.
  • You silence negative self-talk and walk away from negative input from others.
  • You listen for angel whispers and watch for the synchronicities that will lead you to, or propel you forward on your path.

How does your ego-voice influence your growth?

Practice

Avoiding the affects of the ego is similar to avoiding the wrong foods. The more you are aware of it and able to avoid it, the greater its presence will become…Practice noticing the perspective of fear before the action or reaction, and practice changing it to one of love.  – Journey From Ego

Do you believe you get what you ask for? I do. That’s why I recommend, when making a request of the universe, or of your angels, or of whatever God you pray to, that you be specific in your request. I do not recommend asking for patience, for example. Rather I’d suggest requesting patience in a particular situation, or with a particular person in a specific situation, on this day, at this time and at this place, etc. In my opinion one cannot be too specific with a request such as one for the attitude of patience. Lack of specificity in this respect lands me in a traffic jam, or on hold with Century Link for who knows how long.

I am well aware of this rule, and yet… I wanted to write a blog post, and boy was I blocked. So on my drive to work a few days ago I threw up a request to whom ever was listening. Please give me something to work with here. How’s that for non-specific?

Without going into detail let me say that the very same day I reacted to a situation in a manner that I instantly regretted. I was up close and personal with my ego in less time than it takes a heart to beat. I did not take a breath as is recommended in order to avoid these ego-traps. I did not pause. I reacted. BLAM! I upset someone. I apologized – several times in fact – but I couldn’t undo what I’d done.

A friend told me recently that the intent behind an action is more important than the action itself. I believe she was referring to something that Pema Chodron had said, and since Pema Chodron knows what she’s talking about I did my best to hold myself in that thought. I most definitely had not set out to intentionally trigger another person’s defenses, but the truth is I spent days feeling awful about my knee-jerk reaction. My heart hurt, my gut hurt.

As pausing in retrospect is better than not pausing at all, I did so several times. I sat down and took time to breath, to ground myself, to let the hurt drift through and away from me. I sat in that moment of instantaneous response to the situation I’d been in. What I learned was that what concerned me most was not my action, but the manner in which my action had upset the other person involved. Did I really believe my response was so very wrong? Actually, no. I will own that I over reacted, but that didn’t make my action wrong. I believe my response to the given situation was the right one. Should I have paused? Yep.

As a child I was not allowed to express anger, while the adults around me engaged in excessive angry discourse. I was disciplined for it and frightened by it. I became an adult who is fairly skilled at avoiding conflict, but that only goes just so far. I became an adult who is nearly as frightened by the anger and upset of others as I was when I was five. Those old tapes don’t just run out, they rewind and play all through our lives.

As an adult I have a choice. I can continue to run the old tapes, discipline myself for my perceived bad behavior, or I can practice compassion for the small child within while I stand firm in my convictions and my truth. I can listen to the voice of my ego telling me stories about what I did wrong, how embarrassing my behavior was, how I should have handled myself. Or I can hold myself in love and listen to my heart. My heart tells me that I’m human, far from perfect, but essentially a giving, loving person who intends to do the right thing. I am here to practice. I’m not what my ego insists. I am my soul, a holy point of light, as are each of you.

Bruises

Ego will interfere in your process in order to move you away from love. It will try to convince you, through negative self-talk, of many things. You will have to learn to be vigilant about the self-talk in which you engage. If it is not positive and loving, it is from ego, and you must stop the flow.   -Journey From Ego,

 I read an essay written by one of my favorite authors a couple of days ago that made me smile at her use of words and touched my heart like a finger gently probing an old bruise. This particular essay led me to a website that was new to me where I read a post that so clearly stated my very own experience that it brought tears to my eyes. This morning I read some statistics about the number of new blogs that had been started in 2014 and how many new posts are posted every day, and that was when I felt myself begin to slip.

It was a whisper, not even a fully formed thought, more of a feeling, really. But it wasn’t until I had a moment to sit still that I caught the image of being pulled under water. I wasn’t panicking, or thrashing. I was just being tugged by my feet, a little bit at a time, my head going under a little more, a little bit more. My hair (it was long for some reason in this image,) was floating around me.

I heard it then, the whisper. It told me that I was fooling myself about being a real writer. It told me I didn’t have enough years left to practice, that I’d never be really skilled at writing. It told me that my blog would never be seen by more than a handful of people, that it would never have any real reach. And then my head popped up out of the water and I heard it clearly, my ego voice messing with me.

I wish I could say that the recognition of that ugly, mean voice nullified its affect on me, but the sadness lifted slowly, slowly as I intentionally placed my attention in gratitude. “Thank you my angels, for helping me to be aware. Thank you.”

And I take the risk again, to share my words with whoever chooses to see them.

Risk

“You are creating yourself, your life, and the world around you in every moment. Thoughts are actions.” – Journey From Ego

Question #1: How many of you are happy with (the direction of) your life?

Question #2: How many of you wish to change your lives, but feel stuck?

Question #3: Are you aware of your passion, that which brings you joy?

Question #4: Are you willing to take a risk to follow your passion?

I ran across this quote from Henry Ford again recently: “If you think you can do a thing, or you think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” It got me thinking about the manner in which we create our lives. Do you engage in those activities that bring you joy, or that whisper to you, Come Play? I will admit that I let fear get in my way sometimes. There are things that whisper to me that I’m still resisting, to my own demise, I know. To my credit I will say that although I never had been inspired to participate in the Portland to Coast relay, (in truth I thought everyone who did it must be insane,) when the opportunity was presented to me, despite my reservations I did, and I had so much fun I did it three years in a row! I include this example here only to make the point that I believe we are better off in the long run when we follow the whispers and the synchronicities that appear and  which facilitate growth, rather that to allow fear (ego) to influence our decisions and to limit our lives.

Henry Ford, born in 1863, grew up the son of a farmer. He left his father’s farm, risking his security, at the age of 16 to pursue his fascination with machinery. He took a job as an apprentice at the Michigan Car Company, a manufacturer of railroad cars in Detroit. Over the next few years Henry moved between jobs when he thought he could learn more somewhere else. At the age of 28, now married to Clara Bryant, Ford moved to Detroit taking a job as a night engineer for the Edison Electric Illuminating Company. He knew little about electricity, but again perceived this as an opportunity learn.

Within five years Henry had risen to chief engineer of the Illuminating Company. But this was not his passion. His passion, the one that had drawn him from his home, was machinery. When he learned of people across the country working to build horseless carriages he became one of them. In 1896, with the help of a team of friends he completed the Quadricycle, his first self-propelled vehicle.

After completing his second car in 1898 he began to convince other people to sign on and help him achieve his vision. Knowing nothing about business, his first two companies failed. However, being no stranger to risk he took even greater ones building and even driving racing cars. The success of these cars attracted financial backing and in 1903 Henry incorporated Ford Motor Company.

Of course Henry’s story doesn’t end there, but if he hadn’t followed his passion, hadn’t been willing to take a risk, had worked in isolation, had been afraid of failure, Ford Motor Company wouldn’t exist today. And I don’t believe the world would have been a better place for its lack of existence and I don’t believe our climate would be any different than it is now, because someone else who had a similar fearless passion would have gone and done it anyway. It just wouldn’t have been Henry Ford. And I don’t believe Henry had Ford Motor Company as his goal at the age of 16, or even 25. I believe that following his passion, taking the risks he took, and trusting in his God allowed him to follow his path and in doing so to create the life he chose, despite the difficulties he encountered.

We can create our lives too. We do create our lives. It’s sometimes an uncomfortable truth to admit that we are responsible for being exactly where we are in our lives. If we don’t like it we can change it. The moment we decide what we want that change to look like, the universe begins to act upon that thought.

“I believe God is managing affairs and that [S]He doesn’t need        any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?”

– Henry Ford

What passion is calling to you?

The Un-Resolution

Here it is, New Year’s Eve, eve. We’re standing on the threshold of yet another new year faced with the question many of us entertain each time this milestone bears down on us – what do I want to change in the coming year? But really the question that begs answering is how do I want to change in this New Year?

I gave up the practice of making New Year’s resolutions sometime ago. In the past they typically included eating less sugar, drinking more water, getting regular exercise, re-establishing a yoga practice and meditating every day, writing everyday and getting more sleep. The usual. Every year. I was never able to follow through with any of them for more than a few weeks, much less all of them. This inability inevitably felt like failure so I gave it all up. Publicly I gave it up. As in, “Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions?” “No,” I’d answer. “I gave up that practice years ago.”

But privately, of course, I still think about it. After all, edging up to a fresh year gives me the opportunity to make a fresh start. It seems a shame to look it in the eye and take a pass. Then I saw this on my Facebook page (Thank you Sundari):

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And it poses an even better question. How can I change the state of the Union? Heck, let’s go for broke. How can I, lil ol’ me, change the world? By changing my perspective. By changing my focus. By changing my intent. If I change my perspective from judgment of others to one of love and acceptance, the need for defensive posturing will abate. If I change my focus from one of fear of another to trust in the love and support of God, (you can substitute the word you use to name the Mystery here,) I will inform the Universal Consciousness with love rather than fear, which will in turn inform the perspective of each individual on earth. If I change my intent to one of compassion in each encounter I will take one step closer to a compassionate world in each of those encounters.

And just as importantly, if I listen to that voice, the one that says, Come play! (That little voice we discussed last time, remember?) – really listen – I will be entertaining angels! The angels are always with us, always guiding us, constantly providing us whispers that will set us on our path, or keep us there. That voice, I swear, is the one that says, “Drink more water.” “Go for a walk.” “Quiet your mind so you can hear us more clearly.” It doesn’t take resolutions. We just have to learn to listen, and then of course to follow through. That’s where ego gets in the way and trips us, on the follow through. But hey, we’re here to practice. And we have a whole new year available to us to do just that.

How do you deal with the practice of making New Year’s Resolutions?

 

More information on ego interference, Self-Sabotage, changing your perspective, hearing your angels, and so much more can be found in my book, Journey From Ego, The Path to Healing available at Amazon.com, Balboa Press.com and your favorite book dealer.