28. Believe

Believe.  A popular sentiment this time of year.  I do,  Believe.  I believe in the magic of the Christmas 🎄 season.  I believe all year long.  I know that the world is a much more magical place than we give it credit for being.  The magic of The Universe is always there,  if you just believe.

There is a book called Fairy Faith In Celtic Countries,  that talks about the belief in magical creatures like Fairies and Elves,  in Celtic countries.  The stories were gathered by the author who went around the country side at the end of the 19th century,  talking to older citizens of small towns.  He heard stories of things,  magical things that happened to these people,  or to their parents or grandparents.  Back when people believed in the magic of the world.  I read it years ago.  It’s a wonderful book, if you want some proof that magical things just might be real.

I know a person who Believes so strongly, that miracles happen in his life on a daily basis!  Big miracles.  Miracles,  like someone showing up and offering their services to care for him,  a person who has ALS,  when he  had no idea where he was going to find the help he needed.  Then,  another person came into his life,  to care for him.  Oh,  and I might mention that his body is healing itself.  I don’t mean the scrape on his knee is healing itself ,  I mean he can hold his head up after years of not being able to do that due to ALS.  He can take a breath on his own after years on a ventilator!  Really huge miracles!  Miracles are happening so bigly (that’s a word now,  right?) in his life,  he is writing a book about it.  I can’t wait to read it!

Miracles are right there just waiting for you to believe in  them,  so they can appear before your eyes.  There’s even a book written called,  A Course in Miracles.  It’s what I would call,  a very “woo – woo”,  deep sort of book.  Maybe not for the beginner who is not so sure about miracles.  On the other hand,  Pam Grout ( who,  if you read my blog, you know  I love , love) wrote a series of books called E-SquaredE-Cubed,  and Thank and Grow Rich,  all about the miracles that are just waiting for you.  All with easy to do experiments that allow the Universe to prove to you that it’s there and just waiting  for you to Believe.

If you have seen the movie, City Slickers,  you might remember how Curly talked about the secret of the Universe being just one thing.  Well,  I think that secret is simply to Believe.  To believe that absolutely anything is not only possible,  but probable.  Believe in ,  Matthew 21:22 – “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive”.   I think it is the ancient secret of Alchemists,  and how the Egyptians built the pyramids,  and how everything that seems impossible is somehow possible.  Okay,  I’m guessing the Egyptians had a few other tools other just belief,  but you get what I mean,  right?  Somewhere along the road between the time when Egyptians built the pyramids, and Alchemists were walking the streets of every town,  we lost that magic.  But,  every Christmas season we are reminded that magic and miracles exist.  We are reminded that miracles happen on a daily basis.  I am reminded that every day that I wake up is a miracle for me,  because many doctors  (not mine),  believe that people don’t live for years and years with ALS.  Much of the time,  that is true.  But, I believed it didn’t have to be true, and Believing is a big part of making it so.

My wish,  is that everyone who reads this, will try to hold onto some of that Christmas spirit, the magic of Christmas, and let it extend past Christmas time and into the New Year. Greet each new day with the same excitement,  hope,  and Belief,  that you feel during this time of year,  all year through!

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13. Forget About It

Forget about it! Said in your best mobster (think Tony Soprano or Mickey Blue Eyes ) voice.  We live in a world where the things you focus on are the things that manifest in your life. Did you ever notice when you try and try to save up money for something you really want, how hard it can be? Your thoughts migrate towards your lack of money. Your focus on your lack of money continues to bring about a shortage of funds.

Have you heard the saying, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer”. While it’s just a saying, there may be some truth to it. It is, after all, very difficult to think about anything other than your absence of money, when money is what you really need. It is much easier to envision always having enough money when you already possess money. Likewise with your health, and everything else in your life. The more you concentrate on something, the more you receive exactly
what you are concentrating on. So, if you are sick, the more you talk and think about your illness, the more it clings to you. If you no longer want to be struggling with something, forget about what you don’t have, and focus on how great you will feel when you have what you want. I know, that’s easier said than done, especially with health issues. You still have to deal with doctors, tests, treatments and medications probably on a daily basis. so your illness is on your mind often.

My favorite author, Pam Grout, offers a series of simple experiments to help us understand just how the universe works, in her book, E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality https://www.amazon.com/dp/1401938906/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_EHtwzbKFXBYSC

 She does a much better job of explaining things than I could, so I suggest you read her book.  But, the gist of it is that God (or whatever you prefer …Mother Earth, the Great Spirit, etc) is always listening and gives you what you are focused on in life.  So, we need to focus on what we want and forget about what we don’t want, i.e. probably your current situation.  Like I said, she does a much better job of explaining it. But I think she is spot on!  I have done most of her experiments, and have received everything from a bright blue butterfly to a seahorse, to a surprise credit of $24.85, to a write off of a student loan (a total surprise)!  

I don’t have this all figured out, I do, after all, still have ALS.  But, I try not to focus on that, and instead, focus on all the awesomeness in life and expect more amazing things to come my way.

9. Living In Thanks 

I remember dinners at my grandmothers house usually began with a prayer of thanks. As a little kid, that was probably the only time I stopped to think about what I was grateful for, other than at church on Sunday’s and while I was opening up my gifts on birthdays and at Christmas. It has taken me years to get into the habit of not just giving thanks, but living in thanks. Living in thanks is easier said than done. When you are in a good mood it is easy to sit back and think of things you are grateful for. It gets harder when nothing seems to be going right. It is hard to feel grateful when your only source of entertainment and link to the world outside your house is the internet, and your internet is down. It might, however, cause you to be extra grateful when it’s actually working. It may even allow you the time you would have normally spent scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed to do something else, like write a blog post about how grateful you are.

Writing down three things you are grateful for every day is a good way to get started living in thanks.  If you can’t write them down, at least stop and think of three things. It can be anything at all. Something good that just happened, or maybe the sun is shining outside, or maybe your new puppy only had four accidents that day instead of the usual five. If you can keep a list or journal of what you are grateful for, when things aren’t going so well, you might feel better if you read through all the great things that have happened in the past. 

When something goes wrong, I am trying to get into the habit of stopping in that moment to be grateful.  One day, not so long ago,  as I stood up at the toilet after having left my sample (required for my refill of pain medication) in the container on the toilet, as that plastic container stuck to my leg and the contents spilled out onto the floor, I was instantly grateful that this happened in my bathroom and not the bathroom of the doctors office. I may have even been a little bit grateful that I wasn’t able to (didn’t have to) clean it up. There’s always something to be grateful for, no matter what the situation. We just have to get into the habit of tuning in on the good stuff.

My favorite author, Pam Grout, wrote a book called, Thank & Grow Rich: A 30-Day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy. 

It’s one of my all time favorite books. Pam believes that when you live in gratitude, you are living in the frequency of miracles. I know that when I focus on the good things in life and expect more amazing things to show up, they do.  If you tune in to a radio station that plays all rap music, and you want to hear classic rock, what will you get?  Rap.  Sure, every once in a while a classic, like “Walk This Way” will play, but you will mostly just get more of what you are tuned into.  So, if you want to see more good things happen in your life, quit focusing on the not so good things, and tune in to all of the awesomeness already happening in your life and be ready for more.