Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Practicing Faith in Times of Change
I have been silent lately growing and transforming, there is much that I have learned and want to share with you. I have been in contact with many of you and I know that life is challenging you and moving you in new directions. This addition of the “Angel Thoughts” newsletter provides information that may help you through this period of transition.
It is pretty obvious that individuals, society and the earth are experiencing many changes. Some changes have been invoked deliberately and others are completely unexpected, and as with anything that is unfamiliar, it can often summon experiences of anxiety and fear about the future. I believe it is safe to express that most of us are experiencing change at some level and it is probably challenging every fear and belief that you have held close for quite some time.
What is important to remember during periods of transition is that there is a purpose for all of life circumstances and what is even more important to understand that it is a must that you operate from a place of faith; yes, this is easier said then done, but, it is the practice of faith that will heal and transform all adversity. What is faith? Faith is what creates resolution to adversity, crafts a new answer, and manifests our dreams and desires into reality. My understanding of what faith is and how it works has increased significantly these past few months, as I have been experiencing change that has rocked the very core of some of my inner most fears, bringing them to the surface for me to face and transform, into a new story, into a new me.
Practicing faith takes patience, discipline, and the willingness to expand yourself past your fears into a place of peace. Although, you may be in the thick of all of the chaos, there is a center of peace that can be obtained moment by moment. The feeling of peace is imperative because it is allows you to receive guidance, as to which steps to take. This is because when your thoughts are focused on despair you miss the doors of opportunity that may be the answer to your prayers. Picture yourself staring at a closed door pondering, why the door closed, what you did wrong to create the situation, now see someone behind you offering guidance, are you paying attention or are you focusing on what has already happened in the past?
So how can you practice faith in times of change? Each of us is on a path; we learn, love and grow through all of the experiences that are part of our path. I want to share what has guided me through my personal transitions and has produced tangible results in my reality.
1. Acceptance changes, when change occurs accept it. Remember there is a purpose. Fighting change only creates frustration and magnifies the situation.
2. Ask yourself, what is this situation teaching me? Everything in your life has a reason and there is something prompting you to grow and live your potential (is life teaching you about faith, showing you your spiritual strength, are there gifts and talents being activated within you, or are you learning how to empower yourself)?
3. Arm yourself with spiritual tools. In order to keep your energy vibration high (emotions) it is essential that you utilized wisdom that is supporting you. This could be books, CD’s, movies, teachers and spiritual leaders.
4. Limit your exposure to negativity. There is plenty of information to remind you of what is wrong with the world (economy, unemployment, violence ECT). However, focusing on all of this does not change anything; it only intensifies your fears. You may even need to limit your time with people, who are constantly complaining and pointing out what is wrong with you and the world. It is ok to admit to yourself that you are in a vulnerable state and that you need to protect your heart and mind from naysayers until you become stronger.
5. Focus only on what you want to achieve. As Abraham would say tell a different story and stop telling it like it is. Stop cluttering your energy with buts. But what if, but I don’t, but, I am, and but, they. My grandmother used to tell me when I was acting out, stop showing your butt. Are you showing your but? Well, stop it
6. Look for the good in everything. Start each day, expecting miracles; big and small. For example I was driving down the highway and noticed an RV that had the words “living my dreams” printed on the back. To me that was a wonderful affirmation of my path, the message reminded me of my mission and that I am on the right path.
7. Be very clear about what you want. It is very difficult to manifest your goals, when you are not clear about what you want. Clarity creates clear and concise direction. My suggestion is to create a list of what you want, then talk about with a trustworthy friend, who you know will support and give you positive feedback. If they are offering advice in the form of limitations then you know this is not the correct person to talk to.
8. Create an affirmation that affirms your goal and affirm it by reading it out loud; often. My suggestion is to read it to yourself first thing in the morning, at night and anytime of the day that you need to be reminded of what your real goal is.
9. Practice visualization at bedtime. Spend at least five minutes each night picturing, what you want and notice how you feel. Visualization will create clarity and excitement for what is to come.
10. Practice appreciation before your go to bed. Set aside time to focus on the good things happening (yes, there is something). Give thanks to the Creator and all the physical and non physical forces that are working on your behalf.
Remember, faith empowers you and gives you the strength you need to face adversity. It empowers you with the knowingness that you can create and transform anything. If your faith waivers keep practicing, I know you can do it. I have faith in you!