81. Believing Without Seeing

Believe without seeing.  That is the trick.  We live in a world that always seeks proof, no matter what the situation.  Science is the study and observation of the world.  The world always wants proof before it will believe.  Seeing is believing.  I’m sure you’ve heard that  at some point.  But, what if believing is what leads to seeing?  I believe that’s the way it works.  You cannot see God, but most people believe he/she exists.  Believing in God, or whatever name you choose to use, allows you to see proof of his/her existence everywhere you look.

You need to imagine how good you will feel when you get what ever it is that you want, before you see it.  I’m not just talking about stuff.  I mean anything, health, a relationship,  money, or whatever you want.  That is how it works.

Imagine your way to anything you want.  You can do it.  That is just the law of attraction.  Our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions produce energies which, in turn attract like energies.  So, if you want something, imagine that you have it.  You might think that it is too hard to do.  But, if you have ever had a dream while you were sleeping, then you know how awesome your brain and subconscious are at creating!  Haven’t you had some pretty weird dreams?  The kind that leave you wondering, upon waking up, where in the world that came from?  How did your mind come up with all that?  Well, I think that’s God’s /the Universe’s way of reminding you that you can be a creator.  Remember that little bit in the beginning of the Bible, about man being created in God’s image?  Well, many people believe that also means, God made man a creator.  You can create the life you want to live.

I really believe that dreams are where some of our award-winning movies, and books came from.  I have heard writers of popular movies credit the ideas to their dreams.  If I could remember my dreams long enough to write them down, I would surely be on the Best Sellers list!  I am amazed sometimes at my mind’s ability to create.  The key is to keep that going when you are awake and wishing for something you want.  Close your eyes, and envision yourself doing, or having whatever it is that you want.  Feel the happiness that the feeling of having it creates in you.  Have fun with it.  Just take two minutes, whenever you can.  Maybe you are in your car waiting to pick up your child or grandchild from school.  Maybe you are stuck in traffic.  Where ever you are, whenever you have a minute, imagine something you want, coming true.  If nothing else, it might just put you in a good mood.  Your mind can be tricked into thinking that you have whatever it is you wish for, and then the feeling of having it comes to you , even if you don’t have it yet.  You can feel better about it, and stop worrying about when or if you will ever get it.  Try it!  What have you got to lose?

 

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73. Walk Like An Egyptian

If you find yourself longing for the days when all you had to complain about was the weather, or how many cell phone sales calls you received that day, then you might find the need to make some drastic changes in your life to survive whatever it is that you are dealing with.  In your pursuit of health, wealth, happiness, contentment, or whatever it is you are seeking, life might just get tough.  If you have a serious illness, you may find yourself in situations in which you have little control.  Your whole life can feel like you have no control over what happens.  If someone else is caring for you, they might be awesome, but they aren’t you.  They could be an amazing cook, but you might find yourself longing for the days when you chose your own menu.  Eating whatever someone else thinks you want is not always appetizing.  Or, maybe you are in a situation where you can’t even eat at all!  I know many people who live with that as a part of their lives.  Eating is just an example, out of the millions of situations you may find yourself.  This is where living life like a Buddhist monk, or walking like an Egyptian (at least for entertainment purposes), might be helpful.

After all, you wouldn’t expect a Buddhist monk to get upset when things got tough, or didn’t go their way.  They always seem to be at peace, at least in the books I’ve read, and movies I’ve seen.  I think part of their trick in finding peace, is not to focus on the situations that make you feel out of control.  If all you can think about, and worry over is in relation to food, for example, then don’t think about it.  Yes, it is really just that simple, and that hard.  Because, for instance, what’s the first thing you think about when I say, don’t think about a zebra!?  Didn’t that make you think of a zebra?   So, not focusing on something you don’t like isn’t always easy, but if you want the happiness and peace that is possible, you have to find a way to do it.

I have ALS.  I don’t want to have it, I don’t like it, but I can’t seem to stop thinking about it.  Even if I am not directly thinking about it, I’m thinking of something I want to do, or need assistance to do, because I can’t do it on my own, because of this thing in my life called, ALS.  So, I’m constantly indirectly, or directly, thinking about it.  One thing I just did to help myself stop focusing on it, was to change my Facebook newsfeed.  Everyone complains about Facebook, and how much political commentary is on Facebook, and how many people are starting up arguments, and negative postings.  Well, Facebook is whatever you make it.  You have control over your newsfeed.  You can make it what you want it to be.  If all the people on your newsfeed are always arguing and posting political or general posts that you don’t approve of, then maybe you should unfriend those people, or unfollow them. You don’t have to read every post you see.  If you don’t agree, keep scrolling.  You don’t have to comment.  I made changes to my Facebook.  My newsfeed is a pleasant and uplifting space.  I no longer see constant posts of people, who make lots  of political posts, on either side of the aisle.  I also no longer see posts from people who  are suffering through their daily grind, living with ALS.  I  am sorry if they have had a bad day, but me reading about it is not helping them.  I can still go to their pages and check in on them whenever I want.  I have several family members and friends who’s posts I still see, but aside from that, I do not have to wade through the negativity.

We all need to feel like we have a voice and somewhere we can share with others, and Facebook is great for that.  But, you have to know when it is not helping you, and causing you to focus on things you would be happier not focusing on.  That goes both for Facebook and life in general.  Make whatever changes you need in your life to be happy.  If you think walking like an Egyptian might help, give it a try.  It couldn’t hurt, and at the very least,  it might make someone laugh or smile!  My News Years hope for you all is that may you acquire more control over your life, and that you will be able to focus more easily on what you want, and not what you have.

 

39. Find Something To Believe In

Everyone needs something to believe in.  And, I don’t necessarily mean religion.  Oprah would say it’s the belief in something greater than yourself.  Many Native Americans would say it’s belief in The Great Spirit.   Stephen Hawking found his answers through science and in the cosmos.  People who find themselves living with any serious illness, often find the need to search for answers in how to get through it.  The answers may be different for everyone,  but faith in something bigger than yourself can help you find whatever those answers are for you.

I went to the Methodist church growing up.  It was a wonderful church,  but as I got older,  I wasn’t sure if it was quite the right fit for me.  Years later, my husband and daughters,  and I started attending our local Quaker church,  which felt like a better fit for me.  Then, one day my mother and I were in a book store, and I came across a little book called, Heal Thyself.   I read that book, and loved it.   I then found out that there were many more books by,  White Eagle Publishing    Searching bookstores and eBay, I read as many as I could find.   I discovered that this publishing company was a part of The Church of the White Eagle Lodge , which began in England.  And the rest, as they say, is history.   I had found the perfect fit for me.  I know,  the name sounds a bit, “woo-woo”,  but really it’s just a Spiritualist Church. 

Belief, be it in Christianity, Buddhism, the Wiccan faith,  or whatever fits for you, is a way to help make sense of whatever you are going through,  and the world in general.  Whereas in the past, people were limited to whatever belief was practiced in the town that they lived in, now we have the internet,  and access to beliefs all over the world.  You can go to  websites like Beliefnet,  where believe it or not, you can take a quiz which tells you which religion or belief system most closely matches up with what you believe in.  Don’t laugh!  I took the quiz, and their match ups were spot on.  It’s a great site to explore every belief out there.  When my girls were younger,  for years,  because of my illness, we didn’t make it to church as often as I would have liked.  Then there were many years when we didn’t go at all.   But I still wanted them to be aware of all the different beliefs there were, and wanted them to discover what would be a good match for them.  So,  I used to assign to them projects on some Sundays in loo of attending church.  They would have to pick a religion or belief and research it on the internet, using a few trusted sites,  like Beliefnet,  and write a few paragraphs on it (it seemed like a good idea at the time).  They usually spent less time on their project than they would’ve spent at church, just cutting and pasting instead of writing (they didn’t think it was as much fun as I thought it was… Shocking,  I know!), but I think maybe it helped us all learn a little something.  

Oprah did a seven part TV series on different theologies from all over the world,  simply called, Belief.   It is very interesting.   We may use different words to describe our faith,  but the meaning behind those words, often have a lot in common.  Beliefs can overlap and just because you may be a Christian,  doesn’t mean that you won’t also find yourself following the beliefs of the Buddhist faith,  for example.   Whatever you have found to believe in in your life,  it should bring you peace and joy.  Take some time to explore different faiths.  Even if you are perfectly happy with yours.  You might be surprised with what you learn, and find a new understanding of the people who you share this big blue marble with.

 

32. Find Inspiration

I think I have mentioned before,  that I went to see a psychic not long after I was diagnosed with ALS.  I hadn’t planned to,  it was just a spur of the moment thing.  In my visit with the psychic, she told me she thought maybe I’d go back to school, because she saw me with lots of books.  Well, she definitely got the book part right, the school part, no thanks!  Not long after my diagnosis, I started searching for answers.  I wasn’t sure what I was looking for,  but the doctors didn’t seem to have any answers,  so I started searching for myself.  So, I started reading,  and reading,  and reading.   Everything from novels, to inspirational biographies, to books filled with spiritual wisdom, and everything in between.  Although I have definitely slowed down the pace, I’m still not done.  The more I read, the more I find that I want to read.  It all started with a little book called,  Heal Thyself,  by White Eagle.   That book led to more books by the same author,  which led to books by and about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle… but,  that’s a whole other blog post!  

I also discovered Oprah!  She had just started doing weekly shows with guests that were somehow inspiring.  She was a wealth of inspiration and information.  With nearly every guest came another list of books I wanted to read, and many of those guests had websites, where I found more inspiration.  Now that Oprah has her OWN network, I find inspiration through many of her programs,  but especially on Super Soul Sunday,  and Master Class.  Of  course there is an unlimited amount of inspiration on the internet.  Through people like Jason Becker, an amazing musician who is living with ALS, and is still creating music.  Or, my friend Sarah Ezekiel, an artist who creates all her pieces with a computer eyegaze program, because she is living with ALS.  Or,  my friend Father Sophronios from Greece.   He is a Monk who is living through faith and inspires others with his writings about his experiences in living with ALS. 

Inspiration is all around us. Inspiration to survive any hardship,  to lose weight,  to go through a divorce,  to survive losing a loved one,  to live a better life.  There is inspiration for absolutely any situation you are going through.  Find what inspires you and gives you hope.  Once you find it,  share it with others.  Be the light for someone else’s path,  and you will find the light on your own path is even brighter.