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Monday Mind Manoeuvre – The Truth About Abundance

I hope you had an opportunity to read the Intuitive Chalice Oracle post from Saturday, it pointed at a week of taking care of our basic material needs with a view to smashing through our limiting poverty consciousness and beliefs about lack. Let’s instead then start to focus on the truth about abundance.

The Wholly Grail is all about flow and the peace we find in flow. You can take that concept and give it an image: the Grail Cup or Chalice… imagine that full of whatever you want…

Now a full cup is a beautiful thing, it represents plenty, but it is also a finite amount and the universe just doesn’t work that way. Everything in the universe is energy and energy is renewable, constantly changing form without diminishing and therefore infinite. That being said, if you stop the flow it will divert elsewhere.

When your cup is full, if you block the flow, like placing your hand over a wine glass when you’ve got enough, you cut off the abundance of the universe. Scarcity thinking will set in soon after as you take a sip from the glass and realise it’s contents are now depleting. You become protective of it, obsess about it, measure it, sip less regularly to make it last… basically begin to focus on how little you have instead of how free flowing life previously was.

The truth about abundance is that it requires 4 joyful actions on your part:

  1. Believe there is always more to come
  2. Be grateful for what you have already
  3. Share your gifts graciously
  4. Get out of the way of the flow

The flow, wants you to want it, the moment you say no, usually by disbelieving it’s possible, it feels rejected and diverts to those who play with it, love it, and have fun with it, welcoming abundance into their lives and the lives of those around them.

Transform your vision now into a Grail Cup or Chalice that is full but this time, instead of placing your hand over the rim to stop the flow, feel your excitement rise as it spills over and begins to spread, laugh with delight at its carefree spillage… it’s not wasteful, share the excess with everyone you love, those in need, those who welcome the flow and agree to abide by the four rules of abundance… now you can have fun with it together.

There is always more so have an abundant Monday (and everyday after that)!

More later… x

Why Would You Want To Be Anybody Else?

They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence… living next door to a lovely retired couple as I do, the two of them both keen gardeners, this adage is actually very true in my case. A pristine lawn (devoid of buttercups), though appealing is far from my priority in life and I don’t hanker after a keeping up with the neighbours kind of life.

The general feeling this week from those I’ve been in contact with has had a similar feel. Not about grass you understand but about an underlying envy that directs people’s choices and somehow forces them to recreate what’s already been done.

We are each a unique manifestation of God, and Big G gave you a unique set of attributes, talents and skills with which to make magic… why wound you want to be anybody else?

The differences that you work so hard to hide or to correct as if He somehow made a mistake are a part of the greatest tapestry in existence. Attempting to morph into the nearest pretty, outwardly perfect specimen, is attempting to diminish the diversity of the pattern that exists as chaos in our eyes but as perfection from a higher perspective.

When a human being attempts perfection on a local scale, they create bland sameness… when The Divine creates perfection on a universal scale, It creates awe, wonder, inspiration and magic.

You may not have the perfect lawn, the perfect bikini body, the perfect Hollywood-white smile, or the perfect anything on the surface… but that’s all it is: surface.

That lawn my be laced with chemical weed killer and its owner using it as a way to avoid engaging with the world outside, that bikini body may endure living on lettuce leaves and wither at the thought of being seen as nothing more than “meat” despite a beautiful mind. That smile may be fake. hiding tears and trauma that nobody will ever know about because how can you possibly be sad with such a brilliant smile?

Everyone is subject to their own personal pain, and no matter how sexy they make it look on the outside, yours is the only pain you’re equipped to handle… The external qualities Big G gave you were specifically set up to teach you what you needed to know to become who you needed to be to achieve what you needed to achieve… if you then chose to become something else, someone else, then you took all the gifts He gave you and dropped them on the floor like an ungrateful toddler who was far more interested in taking what someone else was given.

Take what you have and nurture it. Nobody else has what you have and nobody else can recreate it.

Principle 1: I AM God

More later… when I’ve tended the lawn (buttercups and all)… x

 

Sad It’s Gone, Happy It Came

May is my absolute favourite month of the year. I just realised it was over and we have arrived into June almost in stealth mode. I was writing in my journal yesterday morning and paused to date the entry, I was overcome with a brief moment of sadness about it’s passing. I wrote: “Sad it’s gone, happy it came” and transformed that moment into deep gratitude for what is, what was and what may still be to come.

Last year, I remember having that same feeling on the Summer Solstice, (which is once again fast approaching). Instead of revelling in the midsummer festivities, I was overcome with a single thought: “it’s all downhill from here!” Not exactly the optimist’s angle of approach to things is it? But then again I was in a much different place last year and at the time I pulled myself up and reminded myself that it was “Flaming June” and there was fun to be had… make hay while the sun shines and all that stuff.

This whole attitude I was temporarily taken in by is about something much more fundamental than just the passing seasons, it’s about the climb, the pursuit, the chase… always having something to look forward to.

Principle 2: I AM Detached, asks that we remain present in the current moment… that, combined with appreciation is the antidote to any ending or at least the associated feelings of loss. The human condition though, for most of us, needs a driving ambition. When we stop climbing we start falling, when we stop growing we start dying. This cyclical force is a natural part of the duality of the entire universe in constant motion… you must honour every part of it, every age, every stage of the great procession.

Whatever you are rising towards now, you will eventually reach and then you must rise towards something new, the next stage of your journey will be different, but it will be equally as beautiful, equally as filled with moments and new memories and just as much an adventure as this current phase.

Give thanks for the climb, gives thanks for the conquer, give thanks for the decline and give thanks for the release… all serves the quest and allows a new beginning to be born again and again. May will come again and that’s something to look forward to while I play nice with the rest of the year.

More later… x

First Monday Challenge – Being Pregnant With Possibilities

Not only is it the first Monday of the month, it’s also May and that must mean it’s Beltane. Being pregnant with possibilities seems like an appropriate subject, May Day being a celebration of fertility and all that, but it’s also following on from the theme of the weekend’s oracle… turning worrying about problems to creating solutions.

Positivity takes practice. When you place focused intent, determination and gratitude at the forefront of your mental agenda you become a manifestation machine. The quantum do-da’s of the universe deem it can be no other way… you are that powerful.

So while we’re attempting a challenge lets up the ante and make it three.

1. Focus your mind and become a dream maker

2. Bolster your resolve with determined action

3. Gratefully acknowledge every blessing.

So what is focused intent? Do you ever say to yourself “I want that,” only to hear your thoughts say “That’s impossible, it’s never going to happen”? Well, that’s the opposite of focused intent. Your conscious mind is for the intended outcome but your subconscious mind, the bit running the outdated programme is running interference on the plan… you are creating from your fearful, wounded perspective an internal error or battle of wills.

Uninstalling the faulty app is not so easy when the device in question is your own psyche so you are going to have to learn to override the programme… that means being super vigilant for a time until it becomes automatic. When the negative mantra pipes up “who are you trying to kid?” You are going to have to make a statement to the little voice that’s heckling from the side lines: “I hear you my friend, and for a time I even believed you knew what you were talking about but here’s the thing, the only thing that stands between us and the goal is you, I’m done listening… that thing I want, its not just achievable, it actually wants me to have it, achieve it, conquer it. It’s routing for me so why aren’t you? So for now, if you shout, I’m gonna shout louder. If you say tom-ay-toe I’m going to yell tom-ar-toe and one thing’s for certain… we will not be calling the whole thing off!”

Determined action is about committing to the process and actually following through. It’s no good arguing with the heckler if you just sit there and do nothing, All those possibilities, all those roads that lead to Rome, (Rome being just an analogy for the goal you’ve chosen, obviously), adventures to be had down every one of them, basically means that it doesn’t matter which route you take as long as you don’t give up and turn back at the first sign of trouble, because that would be akin to admitting to your inner heckler “Okay buddy, you were right all along.” Not going to happen, this is a challenge remember?

Then there’s the biggy: gratitude.

Can you say thank you for the shitty stuff as well as the shiny stuff? All has purpose on the path you choose. Lessons come in countless forms and further down the road to your dream you will be able to look back and see the service that even the toughest excursion brought to you… patterns dancing in a perfect formation only truly visible from God’s eye view. If you detach from the drama just long enough to see the kaleidoscope of colour, you will know the true worth of every experience and gratitude will follow. To be grateful ahead of understanding takes real faith… and everyday it will be tested, but at the end of this leg of the journey…

You will transform from being pregnant with possibilities to giving birth to a miracle. Your miracle.

Go on, I challenge you to become a dream maker!

This challenge contains aspects of Principles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7! The 7 Principles of The Wholly Grail are free to read on the website.

More later… x

 

The Real Treasures

Winter Solstice Blessings to you all.

In my last post I asked that you join me today in sending more love out into the world, you can read that via the archive but today let’s also concentrate on loving what’s present in our lives.

Principle 2: I AM Detached asks that you focus not in the past or in the future, but in the present and on what is. The winter solstice is the longest night of the year wrapped up in the stress of the Christmas season, when blessings are sometimes hardest to see and easiest to overlook… but not if you focus on the real treasures present in your experience.

Family, friends, health, home… love, that’s the key to everything. There may be a million things that you want and are actively striving for but just for now, settle down to accept and appreciate where you are, what you have and who you are sharing it with.

Keep the light in your heart until it returns to the world. In the deep midwinter let us all become beacons of hope, gratitude and grace that set the example for the rest to follow.

Blessings Abound x

Freak-Out Dance Routine

There comes a moment in time where the urgency passes and the fear subsidies making way for a new wave of positive and progressive energy. Rationally, you understand that the possibility of recurrence exists but when grace descends and forms a bubble of joy around you, that possibility becomes a hazy half forgotten dream that you can choose to either focus on and allow to come sharply into focus or you can allow to slip away into the midst of the other dark shapeless forms that dwell beyond the bubble.

This week will go down in history… but then so will every other week. What’s done is done and this is where we are. I don’t know about you but where I am right now is pretty significant as far as the journey goes, significant because this is the only place that matters… right here, right now.

I remember back about 18 years ago I shared a flat with a friend who was a morning person (I had no idea until then that such people even existed), but she had this habit of waking me up in the morning by making me do a full on freak-out dance routine to “Right Here, Right Now” (was that Fatboy Slim? I can’t remember), anyway needless to say, that’s all there is… and when the sun came up this morning on another blessed day, I remembered to be present with what is now… and then I did a freak-out dance routine around the kitchen to something equally as rousing!

The point being that the sun did come up. No matter how shit it appears to be at any one time, sooner or later that despair will transform, if you allow it to, into acceptance and from acceptance into appreciation, from appreciation in to full-on gratitude and when surrounded by that now exponentially growing bubble of grace it won’t be long until gratitude becomes jubilation!

Apply Principle 2: I AM Detached to your philosophy today, get out of your head and into your body (via Fatboy Slim or other worthy rhythmic noise maker… I’m finding Robin Thicke works for me currently) get present with what is and learn to freak-out for a whole different and altogether more positive reason!

More later (when I’ve stopped wearing the kitchen floor out and singing loudly at the neighbours)… x

Give It Permission

Life settles down again fairly quickly after any upheaval if you’re willing to let go of what you cannot control… and to be fair, what you can’t control is most of the world that exists outside of yourself.

Understanding that resisting or cajoling reality is a massive power drain on your personal Grail reserves breaks the cycle of gripping, releasing you back into the flow of the universe.

Today, as an experiment, try for a few moments several times through the day looking at every situation or thing in your life and affirming: “you are perfection.”

How things are right now may not be exactly as you would wish but the current circumstances have been manoeuvred into position exactly as they need to be to propel you into the next step of the journey and that set up is divine perfection. Once you recognise it for what it is you give it permission to change… change is inevitable… change is life. That being said, resistance creates a build-up of stagnant energy forcing the changes occurring to be more dramatic and uncomfortable, like a damn breaking under the strain… change still occurs because life is supposed to flow.

Recognising the current perfection has a secondary effect that is even more important than the aforementioned flow: gratitude. Gratitude is a very small step away from peace, happiness and your overflowing Grail cup and that’s worth the effort, isn’t it?

Principle 2: I AM Detached (and you are perfection).

More later… x

The Simplest of Gifts

There’s something very attractive about the idea of having it all, having everything you want in this life, isn’t there? You feel a seductive pull towards things, people, situations and lifestyles that can come off as all but deafening to the ego who sits amidst the shiny screaming “more more more!”

You have no concept what you need. That’s God’s job. Surrendering to the flow of life brings into sharp focus the inappropriate choices you have made up until now as you relax into wanting what is and appreciating the simplest of gifts… like breath.

There’s nothing wrong with shiny, you understand that. There’s nothing wrong with wanting things, people, situations and lifestyles that appear from a distance to be shiny… as long as you understand that its the wanting that produces the feeling, the chasing that amounts to the adventure and that once attained, not only can the object of your hunt never live up to the shiny glimpses you’ve caught along the way but nor can it fulfil your need to want, to hunt, to seek.

Once you have it, that’s the point at which you must once again learn to surrender. You have no idea what you need. That’s God’s job. Your job is now to relax into wanting what is, what has become, and appreciating the simplest of gifts… like love.

Principles 2 & 5

More later… x

Greet The Sun

Did you choose how to greet the day today?

Our experience moment to moment, day to day can appear to be one of only two things: living or life happening to you.

If you are currently in a state of disempowerment then the chances are that life is happening to you and fooling yourself into believing that you have no say in the matter will only magnify the feeling. Whilst it is true to say that there are a multitude of events and circumstances that are happening around us without our apparent input such as the sun came up this morning, your outlook at that miraculous occurrence will be the judge of your experience…

Did you greet the sun upon waking with a groan that indeed you were being forced to participate in another round of “a day in the life of…” or did you decide that with that sunrise came an opportunity to make a real difference in your life, in the lives of others?

You may think that making a shift between these two states is the equivalent of personality surgery or that something would need to drastically change in order for you to feel positive about a Monday morning and you would be right, something would need to change: You! You would need to be that change, make that change and recognise that waiting for life to change around you is as disempowering as it gets. If you are waiting for the universe to serve you a miracle then you need to know that the universe is encouraging you to become the miracle.

Start by one small internal shift, just one: instead of yearning for all the things you don’t have, feeling disappointed, celebrate all the things that you do have by showing them some genuine love.

Everything that exists in your life right now is your creation, whether you actively participated in its creation or sat back and complained without intervention… it’s all yours so start loving it… and watch how much life starts to love you back.

Gratitude is the key to a beautiful life.

Principles 1, 2 & 7

More later… x

Beauty and Symmetry

Change is a good thing. When you have been hanging upside down in a tree for days like the hanged man in a tarot deck, then change is a welcome release from the stagnation and seeming lack of control over your situation whatever that change may be… let’s call it welcome release. But what about when you’re in the middle of change, will it still seem like a good thing?

As a species we are a contradictory bunch (or is that contrary? No matter). We want it, then when it comes we complain at the speed at which it arrives, the turmoil it creates in our oh, so comfortable lives… we want something new but without consequences, compromises and without having to sacrifice for it… well don’t we?

So, familiarity breeds contempt and a change is as good as a rest, but better the devil you know?… I love cliches simply because they are so contradictory… just like us. My favourite one is “out of sight, out of mind” it butts up nicely against its polarity “absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

Are you starting to build up a picture about the human condition and its apparent inability to be content with what is? This too is a good thing because though it causes unrest in the individual, it also fuels evolution and evolve we must.

Today, in amongst all that discontent, whether you are stagnating in the same place or situation that has held you captive for an age or spinning out of control on a journey to goodness knows what next, whether life deals you the hanged man or the ever turning wheel of fortune, take a few moments to appreciate the beauty and symmetry of the ebb and flow… “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” as Hamlet so poetically phrased it. Deliberately count your many blessings and come back to what is true for today.

Remember that if the Grail cup stayed full, the contents would eventually also go stagnant… ┬álet life ebb and flow as it will.

Principle 2: I AM Detached

More later… x