Life Skills              1PRESENTED BY CAROLYN FRANCES SOURCE: RAPID EYE INSTITUTE
Presenter Introduction: Carolyn Frances                                  2Experience                            Philosophy...
Topics            3         THOUGHT        PERCEPTIONCHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY     CAUSE AND EFFECT ABUNDANCE AND GRATITUD...
Thought               4 SOW A THOUGHT, REAP AN ACTION;  SOW AN ACTION, REAP A HABIT; SOW A HABIT, REAP A CHARACTER;SOW A C...
Principles                          5 Thought is Creative Power. The energy we commit to our thoughts impacts what  we c...
Change                                 6 In order to change, you must be skillful in applying the principles of directed ...
Steps for successful affirmations                                    71.  Write it down. This starts bringing thought into...
Challenge to Action                                 8Thought Every morning state your            Write one affirmation f...
Perception                  9IF YOU CONTINUE TO SEE THINGS THE WAYYOU HAVE ALWAYS SEEN THEM, YOU WILLCONTINUE TO DO WHAT Y...
Principles                            10 Perception is that value or meaning you‟ve associated    with certain situations...
Challenge to Action                                           11Perception Choose to see only good in yourself,          ...
Choice and Accountability                 12EACH DECISION WE MAKE DETERMINES THE  RANGE OF CHOICES WE’LL FACE NEXT.       ...
Principles                            13 Choice is opportunity. Choice is the opposite of autopilot. We are products of...
Deciding vs. Choosing                                      14 Lets look at the difference between deciding and choosing. ...
Facing Fear                            15 Many people fear choice. They are afraid they will make  the wrong choice. We h...
Defining Accountability                                       16 Accountability involves claiming your own power and usin...
Challenge to Action                                         17Choice and Accountability Pay special attention to your    ...
Cause and Effect                          18A MAN WAS WAITING IN THE CAR FOR HIS WIFE AT A PARKINGLOT AS SHE SHOPPED. PARK...
Defining the Principle                          19 Sometimes we call it Karma, sometimes the law of the harvest or the go...
Laws of Nature                           20 “We bring our troubles upon ourselves, be it ignorantly or otherwise. We live...
Example                            21 Our lives are initiated in the realm of spirit. Your  spirit provides the power; yo...
Learning                            22 The principle of cause and effect is a great teacher, if  we become aware of it. B...
Initiating Change                                    23 So how do we initiate change? First beware of denial. Sometimes d...
Language                                 24 Second, look at your language, your self-talk as well as spoken words. Langua...
Challenge to Action                                    25Cause and Effect Pull out your music collection.         Can yo...
Abundance and Gratitude                26REFLECT ON ALL THAT YOU HAVE TO BE GRATEFUL FOR AND YOU WILL RECEIVEMORE TO BE GR...
Lack                           27 We are always experiencing abundance in our lives.  Abundance is always focused into su...
Experience Abundance                            28 The perception of lack of any kind in life is a direct  message to you...
Benefits of Gratitude                            29 An attitude of gratitude ensures that our attention is  on what we wa...
The Order of Things                                  30 When you feel that you must have something before you can do some...
Being Open about Letting Go                            31 To make space in our life for abundance we need to  have a heal...
A Creative Force                          32 Emotion is a very powerful creative force. When you  feel something emotiona...
Challenge to Action                               33Abundance and Gratitude This week I have a                 Your seco...
Health and Healing                 34EVERY HUMAN BEING IS THE AUTHOR OFHIS OWN HEALTH OR DISEASE. ~ BUDDHA    HEALTH IS A ...
Pain                           35 Many of us have neglected the physical aspects of our  body. To assist yourself or anyo...
Alarm System                          36 Whenever we eat too much or we don‟t get enough  sleep or a part of our body is ...
Emotions and Health                          37 Emotional upsets generate powerful and lethal  toxins. Blood samples tak...
Triggers for Illness                            38 We carry subconscious patterns or programs around  in our brain cells ...
Stress                           39 Stress management doesn‟t mean getting rid of all  stress. Rather, it means making th...
The Body & Emotions                                40 It is important to note here, that our body can have an impact on o...
Stress Management - Laughter                                 41 There are many ways to manage stress: meditation,  stretc...
Healing                             42 All healing is the release from fear and from our  perceived negative past. You h...
Attitude and Balance                            43 There really is a purpose for everything. If you feel  unhappy with th...
Challenge to Action                                           44Health and Healing There are many things you             ...
Harmony and Rhythm                  45“YOU ARE A PART OF THE UNIVERSE, NOLESS THAN THE STARS AND TREES, AND YOUHAVE A RIGH...
Definition                          46 Harmony evokes feelings of peace, order, and  compliment. Rhythm brings to mind p...
Taking Time                          47 Nature always takes her time. Great oaks don‟t become great overnight. They also ...
Cycles                           48 The natural world is full of rhythm. The sun rises  and sets. The seasons change. The...
Rest                           49 Nature has a rest from time to time. The soil needs a  rest, certain animals hibernate;...
In Tune                             50 If you place a handful of iron filings on a thin sheet  of metal and play a musica...
Internal Forces                           51 Circumstances are the conditions that stand around  us, magnetized to us by ...
Challenge to Action                                          52Harmony and Rhythm See if you can find your own internal  ...
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  • Thought is the beginning of all creation. Everything you see was once only a thought. It follows then that thought is a creative power. All reality started as a thought. Energy follows thought, matter follows energy.Our thoughts can be free of limitations. We are the only ones creating boundaries. Since we can imagine or think anything we wish, we can also choose what we will think. As thought is always creative, consider the possibility that we can control what we create with our thoughts. The more energy we put into our thoughts the stronger they are manifested in the physical world. Like attracts like. If you are putting energy into negative thoughts, you will experience that which you were dwelling on. Our world is exactly as we have created it for ourselves. Whatever you believe, you are right. In fact, you will draw to you all sorts of proof that your beliefs are correct.
  • A woman was waiting at an airport one night,With several long hours before her flight.She hunted for a book in the airport shops.Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop. She was engrossed in her book but happened to see,That the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be.Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between,Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene. So she munched the cookies and watched the clock,As the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,Thinking, "If I wasn't so nice, I would blacken his eye." With each cookie she took, he took one too,When only one was left, she wondered what he would do.With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh,He took the last cookie and broke it in half. He offered her half, as he ate the other,She snatched it from him and thought... oooh, brother.This guy has some nerve and he's also rude,Why he didn't even show any gratitude! She had never known when she had been so galled,And sighed with relief when her flight was called.She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate,Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate. She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat,Then she sought her book, which was almost complete.As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise,There was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes. If mine are here, she moaned in despair,The others were his, and he tried to share.Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief. How many times in our lives,have we absolutely knownthat something was a certain way,only to discover later thatwhat we believed to be true ... was not?
  • It is a way of understanding and ordering your world. We are influenced more by what we think is so than what actually is so. Our perceptions of reality do more to govern our behavior than reality itself. Perceptions are neither right nor wrong, but some perceptions may work better for us than others. Just because we experience the world in a certain way does not mean the world actually exists that way. Perceptions will only cause us problems if we adhere to them so tightly that we are unable to consider other points of view.The ability to filter input from the senses through past experience is perhaps the most marvelous function built into the mind. That is, when we receive input from our senses, our mind compares the present image with a similar incident from our perceptual past rather than recreate the entire image from scratch. It merely compares and notes the differences. Differences are much easier and faster to process than complete recreations. Sometimes it assumes similarities.For example: When you walk into a room, the first things you notice about the room are those things that seem out of place to you. This is because these are different from your usual view of a room. Or as an example of assumed similarities consider someone who as a child felt threatened by a man. The child may perceive that men are dangerous and if that perception is strengthen by further experiences when they are an adult they will naturally assume that all men are dangerous and untrustworthy. What a challenge for relationships!You are on your life’s journey. It is unnecessary that you reuse and regenerate old lessons or thoughts and perceptions. When circumstances seem to move against us, it is because we are looking at events through our natural eyes, rather than eyes of faith. Some of our greatest advancements we have judged as failures, and some of our deepest retreats we have evaluated as success.We are the creators of our worlds. We get to choose the foundation we build our life upon. Universal truth is self-evident. If you wonder if what you perceive is truth –ask yourself, “Does this acknowledge and support the magnificent being that I AM?”What we have inside is what we project. Consider the world as a mirror of what’s going on inside you. Whenever we judge anyone, we are really judging those aspects in ourselves, positive and negative.
  • Every new moment and every situation provides a new choice – an opportunity to do things differently and produce even better results. Even though the answers are within us regarding most life situations, we tend to ignore what we know. We distrust our intuition and even set aside our own values. When we consciously choose how to respond, we positively influence the nature of the results and grow in the process.So often we live life on autopilot. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes the car just drives itself to work and home? It’s like we are living in a trance. Every once and awhile we are jolted into the present and we suddenly don’t know where we are. We do lots of things on autopilot, not just driving. We can refer to this as the way we react to a situation. This is a pattern, something we’ve done time and time again, which we may not have put any thought into. Is it surprising then that we keep experiencing the same results? When we are in the reactive or automatic mode, problems are placed “out there.” We tell ourselves we are victims of others’ actions. As long as we blame others, we remain ignorant about our contribution to the problem or what we can do to bring about a better result. We are products of our choices, not our circumstances. When we accept responsibility for choosing our response to life, we are empowered. We experience a new sense of freedom, growth, and energy. We move out of our comfort zone and begin stretching. We begin making a positive difference in our life.
  • Most of us spend much of our time reacting to and defending against perceived fears. We decide, then defend; we pass judgment, then react. We become the victim of our own decision and defense.
  • If you take responsibility, you won’t ever have to place your happiness in the hands of someone else again.
  • A man was waiting in the car for his wife at a parking lot as she shopped. He noticed that parked in the spot just on the other side of him was a vehicle holding three small children. They noticed him too. Children have inventive ways of interacting and filling time. These children at once began to make faces at my friend, all kinds of faces. They smushed their noses against the back window of the car and stuck out their tongues and rolled their eyes and all manner of things that only little children can devise to provoke adults. At first the man was offended. Didn’t these children know anything about respect? But he stopped for a moment and thought about the things he’d been taught. He decided upon an experiment. He was not going to allow these children to determine his reaction or mood. Instead, he began cheerfully waving at them. For a while the faces continued, but he did not relent. Sure enough, the children began to wave back and instead of making faces they were smiling and laughing. It wasn’t very long before their parents returned to the car and the family left the parking lot, but as they left my friend received waves and cheers from his three little friends.
  • The natural flow of the universe would have you first think of yourself as being, then you start doing, to have the things you desire.
  • The abundance of this universe is directed by emotion rather than by your ego or mind. Sometimes this is why affirmations fail. Insufficient emotional energy is behind them or we word them so that we are focused on the negative instead of what we do want.
  • Psychosomatic (relating to or concerned with the influence of the mind on the body, and the body on the mind, especially with respect to disease) medicine states that many or most of our troubles manifesting themselves as physical symptoms have their origin in mental or emotional stresses.
  • It’s all right to have butterflies in your stomach, just as long as they fly in formation.
  • You can try this yourself. Hunch your shoulders, and shuffle around keeping your eyes lowered. Now stand tall and stride purposefully through your space meeting everyone with a direct gaze and a smile. Did you notice any differences?
  • We often get sick by taking ourselves and life too seriously.
  • Sometimes we hold onto an old wound, thinking that if we let it go it will be as if it never happened. We think we must hold onto the hurt as proof of the wrongdoing done against us to be sure that justice is done. We must learn to trust God and the nature of the universe. Release the matter into God’s hands and He will take care of justice and mercy.
  • When we use affirmations, we are ‘faithing’ it instead of ‘faking’ it.
  • We are part of the universe and the same laws that govern the rest of the cosmos govern our lives. We need to keep a balance, as does the rest of nature. We take time to grow and time to heal. Our lives will always move in cycles because that is universal law.
  • Life Skills

    1. 1. Life Skills 1PRESENTED BY CAROLYN FRANCES SOURCE: RAPID EYE INSTITUTE
    2. 2. Presenter Introduction: Carolyn Frances 2Experience Philosophy BA, Summa Cum Laude,  The art of therapy involves Theatre Arts from Cal State HUGS and CPR. East Bay U. 1998 That is, it results in MA, Counseling Psychology  Healing, from Argosy U. 2010  Understanding, Currently an MFT Intern at  Growth, Axis Community Health  Self-awareness & Self- acceptance Long time teacher and leader of youth ages 3-17  Through an emotional awakening of Director – creating safe  Connection, space to guide artistic expression  Purpose, and  Responsibility.
    3. 3. Topics 3 THOUGHT PERCEPTIONCHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY CAUSE AND EFFECT ABUNDANCE AND GRATITUDE HEALTH AND HEALING HARMONY AND RHYTHM
    4. 4. Thought 4 SOW A THOUGHT, REAP AN ACTION; SOW AN ACTION, REAP A HABIT; SOW A HABIT, REAP A CHARACTER;SOW A CHARACTER, REAP A DESTINY.
    5. 5. Principles 5 Thought is Creative Power. The energy we commit to our thoughts impacts what we create. A belief is a thought in the conscious mind, reinforced by imagination, emotion and duration. A belief is a thought with energy behind it.
    6. 6. Change 6 In order to change, you must be skillful in applying the principles of directed thought. 1. What you believe is what you create. 2. You must clear your consciousness of limiting beliefs to make space for new beliefs. 3. Maintain a clear vision of what you want to create. Affirmations and Visualizations make use of these principles.
    7. 7. Steps for successful affirmations 71. Write it down. This starts bringing thought into the realm of the physical.2. Make a positive statement. Talk about what you do want.3. Be short and to the point. It will be easier to focus on.4. Be specific.5. Give the affirmation emotional energy.6. Make a statement as if your desire already exists.7. Use „I‟ in the statement.8. Affirmations will only change you. However, as your attitude and behavior shift, you will notice an affect on those around you.9. Start small and exciting. If you write an affirmation that you feel is out of reach, you will be silently canceling it out and resisting. However, you deserve an affirmation that will stretch you.10. Add a visualization of yourself and what you desire that evokes an emotional response from you.
    8. 8. Challenge to Action 8Thought Every morning state your  Write one affirmation for intentions for the day. (ie, the week and repeat it to My intention is to enjoy yourself every evening. today. My intention is to  For one day, carry a small be loving. My intention is notepad and write down to create joy.) Then watch anything you say or think which includes the phrase for evidence throughout “I am …” or the word “but.” the day. Notice what you are creating and what you are canceling out.
    9. 9. Perception 9IF YOU CONTINUE TO SEE THINGS THE WAYYOU HAVE ALWAYS SEEN THEM, YOU WILLCONTINUE TO DO WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYSDONE, AND GET WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYSGOTTEN. ~ UNKNOWN“…OUR PRESENT VIEW OF THINGS –WHETHER DARK AND DIM OR BRIGHTER ANDFULL – FASHIONS IRREVOCABLY, OURFUTURE.” ~ NEAL A. MAXWELL
    10. 10. Principles 10 Perception is that value or meaning you‟ve associated with certain situations or things based on past experiences. Perceptions cause us to filter our experiences. Perceptions should be reevaluated. Some of our greatest advancements we have judged as failures, and some of our deepest retreats we have evaluated as success. Perception does not equal truth. Our perceptions are a mirror of ourselves.
    11. 11. Challenge to Action 11Perception Choose to see only good in yourself,  Reframe some perceptions that no others, and the world for 24 hours. If longer serve you. Write out three limiting perceptions that you have of you catch yourself seeing otherwise, yourself. Restate them from a just forgive yourself and start the 24 different, more powerful perspective. hours over again. (e.g., I am outspoken. = I have important ideas to share.) You may Imagine that you have a pair of want to choose one of these as your emotional glasses. Put them on and affirmation this week. see what the world looks like colored  This week keep a notebook of the by anger or fear or another emotion judgments you pass on those around of your choice. Consciously take the you, positive and negative. Review them at the end of the day as if they glasses off again. How do things were insights about yourself. change?
    12. 12. Choice and Accountability 12EACH DECISION WE MAKE DETERMINES THE RANGE OF CHOICES WE’LL FACE NEXT. ~ UNKNOWN THE CHOICES WE MAKE DETERMINE TO A LARGE EXTENT OUR HAPPINESS OR OURUNHAPPINESS, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO LIVEWITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR CHOICES. ~ JAMES E. FAUST
    13. 13. Principles 13 Choice is opportunity. Choice is the opposite of autopilot. We are products of our choices, not our circumstances. Choice requires responsibility.
    14. 14. Deciding vs. Choosing 14 Lets look at the difference between deciding and choosing.  The word decide originates from the Latin meaning cutting off, separating, and judging.  The word defend means to fend or ward off, to forbid or prohibit, to justify.  The word choose means to select from many possibilities, to prefer, to desire. Defending often follows deciding. First we pass judgment, then defend our position. You defend because you feel afraid. If you remove the fear and the need to defend yourself, you will find yourself at choice. To choose connotes that there are options that one can select from. With choice there is power. When you choose, you have the option to choose again. When you decide, you solidify yourself into one option to the exclusion of all others.
    15. 15. Facing Fear 15 Many people fear choice. They are afraid they will make the wrong choice. We hamper ourselves by placing value judgments on the learning process. There is often no right or wrong, just what works and what doesn‟t work. Once we make a choice we begin to partake of the consequences and we build a prison around ourselves with them. You needn‟t feel you are stuck with what you are getting. If you dislike the end results of a choice, simply forgive and choose again. You will then start experiencing a different result and be able to leave the undesirable one behind.
    16. 16. Defining Accountability 16 Accountability involves claiming your own power and using your own wisdom to create even better results in life. Accountability enables you to take charge of your thoughts, feelings, and actions, regardless of the actions of others. Do you ever find yourself using some of these statements to escape accountability?  “I had no choice.” We always have a choice, even though we may not like its consequences.  “I don‟t know.” Often we do know, but we are hiding from the knowledge in our heart of hearts.  “I‟ll try.” The word try indicates an attempt, but not completion. In fact trying is never doing because once you‟ve done it you‟re no longer trying to do it. When we say I‟ll try, we are giving ourselves a back door out of the obligation instead of being straightforward and honest.  “If …, then …” These words place conditions upon our commitments and goals without really promising anything. Usually once a condition is met, we just set up another hoop to keep from committing
    17. 17. Challenge to Action 17Choice and Accountability Pay special attention to your  Give yourself the option to choose reactions this week. Choose to stop, again. The reason the Magical Coaching Stick is a pencil and not a pause a moment, and then move pen is because you always have the forward out of choice. This week be option of making changes and as present as possible in regards to adjustments. Your life is not written your actions. If you are, you in ink and your fate is not written in stone. shouldn‟t have any instances of  Think about some of your regular reacting. rituals or patterns. Experiment with Get clear about what you want and different ways of approaching and your values. doing things. Perhaps there is another way that is less stressful and more peaceful.
    18. 18. Cause and Effect 18A MAN WAS WAITING IN THE CAR FOR HIS WIFE AT A PARKINGLOT AS SHE SHOPPED. PARKED IN THE SPOT JUST ON THE OTHERSIDE OF HIM WAS A VEHICLE HOLDING THREE SMALL CHILDREN.THESE CHILDREN AT ONCE BEGAN TO MAKE FACES AT MYFRIEND. A T FIRST THE MAN WAS OFFENDED. D IDN’ T THESECHILDREN KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT RESPECT? H E DECIDED UPONAN EXPERIMENT. H E BEGAN CHEERFULLY WAVING AT THEM.F OR A WHILE THE FACES CONTINUED, BUT HE DID NOT RELENT.SURE ENOUGH, THE CHILDREN BEGAN TO WAVE BACK ANDINSTEAD OF MAKING FACES THEY WERE SMILING AND LAUGHING.
    19. 19. Defining the Principle 19 Sometimes we call it Karma, sometimes the law of the harvest or the golden rule. What we are talking about is the principle that whatever you do comes back to you. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. What a man sows, that will he also reap. You don‟t plant corn and expect to get pumpkins. We don‟t have to go very far to see this law in action.
    20. 20. Laws of Nature 20 “We bring our troubles upon ourselves, be it ignorantly or otherwise. We live in a world and a universe governed by immutable laws which, if fully obeyed, result in beautiful harmony and peace. This is true of both the material and the spiritual realms – so teach authorities in the fields of science and religion.” – Joseph F. Merrill, 1950
    21. 21. Example 21 Our lives are initiated in the realm of spirit. Your spirit provides the power; your mental body directs that energy; your emotional body focuses your energy into this dimension and an effect is then produced in the physical. This is the trail of cause and effect. We start with a thought or perception that leads to a way of being resulting in actions producing our results. The natural flow is Be -> Do -> Have. We are attracting our results.
    22. 22. Learning 22 The principle of cause and effect is a great teacher, if we become aware of it. Because once we are aware, we can choose differently and get different results. This principle has a tendency to snowball if ignored. What I mean by that is, that initially the results may be small and easy to ignore, but the longer it takes us to come into consciousness the more the snow piles up until there is an avalanche, or dramatic event, that flattens us.
    23. 23. Initiating Change 23 So how do we initiate change? First beware of denial. Sometimes denial is a shield protecting you from facts and feelings that you may not be ready to accept. Honest relationships will assist you in overcoming this. This is what it looks like with a partner:  “You don‟t appear to be willing to talk about your feelings about …” This is confrontation. It should be factual and not an opportunity to criticize or give advice. Simply state how you are seeing or experiencing the other person so they can have a mirror of themselves.  “It‟s still difficult for me to accept how I have hurt …” This is leveling. Leveling is responding openly and spontaneously about your feelings. Usually your feelings will become less intense and easier to deal with.
    24. 24. Language 24 Second, look at your language, your self-talk as well as spoken words. Language is very powerful. It was by language that God created the world. Start speaking positively and use the language of increase instead of decrease.  Decrease: speak of your problems, fears, ill health, and failures  Increase: speak of you blessings, successes, and lessons
    25. 25. Challenge to Action 25Cause and Effect Pull out your music collection.  Can you cause an effect in As you listen to different another? Experiment this songs, note the effect they week. If you run into a have on your body, thoughts, grumpy person, see if you can and emotions. How is the shift them by being pleasant. music you listen to You may want to try the influencing your life? experiment from Patch Recognize negative self-talk Adams and find different and change to another ways of cheerfully greeting statement. Don‟t beat people to elicit a response. yourself up for having the  Take a look at three of your negative thought, just recurring thoughts. Evaluate recognize it and choose to what effect these are causing change it. in your life.
    26. 26. Abundance and Gratitude 26REFLECT ON ALL THAT YOU HAVE TO BE GRATEFUL FOR AND YOU WILL RECEIVEMORE TO BE GRATEFUL FOR. ~ UNKNOWN
    27. 27. Lack 27 We are always experiencing abundance in our lives. Abundance is always focused into supporting your emotional state. If you think negative thoughts, belief or fears, the universe supplies you with experience in abundance to support them. Since what you think about expands, you will receive even more. If you choose to think about lack, you will have an abundance of lack.
    28. 28. Experience Abundance 28 The perception of lack of any kind in life is a direct message to you that you are failing to love yourself. As you love yourself you will heal and change your life. You will also begin to notice the tremendous abundance in your life. To experience total abundance in our lives we must think and feel abundance all around us, becoming aware through conscious gratitude moment by moment.
    29. 29. Benefits of Gratitude 29 An attitude of gratitude ensures that our attention is on what we want. As we see ourselves living abundantly and richly, and recognize what we already have, we set up a flow of good things coming our way. You will come to see that you already have what you need. When you do, allow yourself a centered moment to be at peace and free from want.
    30. 30. The Order of Things 30 When you feel that you must have something before you can do something before you can be something, life becomes a struggle. So much time is spent trying to have, you never get to be.  Backwards Flow – I could really be a really great musician if I only had a recording contract.  Natural Flow – I am a really great musician. I perform music. I receive a contract.
    31. 31. Being Open about Letting Go 31 To make space in our life for abundance we need to have a healthy attitude towards letting go. To find freedom and joy in living, one has to give it all up to get it all back. What you are unwilling to let go of becomes a source of anxiety and threat. Instead of being grateful you are focusing emotional energy on fear. You are not open to receiving more, but rather on holding onto what you already have.
    32. 32. A Creative Force 32 Emotion is a very powerful creative force. When you feel something emotionally, you will create a situation or condition to warrant it. Emotion is energy in motion, thought forms that are felt. Energy follows thought and matter follows energy.
    33. 33. Challenge to Action 33Abundance and Gratitude This week I have a  Your second challenge is special challenge. Buy to give yourself the gift of yourself a special journal. time to spend doing what This is to be your journal you love. Express and of gratitude and develop your talents, and abundance. At the end of share them with others. each day, write down five  The final challenge is to things you are grateful write a thank you note to for and list all that you your body. Be specific have received. and full of praise.
    34. 34. Health and Healing 34EVERY HUMAN BEING IS THE AUTHOR OFHIS OWN HEALTH OR DISEASE. ~ BUDDHA HEALTH IS A STATE OF COMPLETE PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SOCIAL WELL-BEING, AND NOT MERELY THE ABSENCE OF DISEASE OR INFIRMITY. ~ UNKNOWN
    35. 35. Pain 35 Many of us have neglected the physical aspects of our body. To assist yourself or anyone else, the physical must receive care as well as our emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. Physical pain has its valid, positive point. It is continual feedback to tell us what to do and what not to do.
    36. 36. Alarm System 36 Whenever we eat too much or we don‟t get enough sleep or a part of our body is getting worn out or something is broken and needs a rest, our marvelous automatic alarm system lets us know. Similarly, if we are hurting emotionally, it is a message that we need to change our approach or see things differently.
    37. 37. Emotions and Health 37 Emotional upsets generate powerful and lethal toxins. Blood samples taken from persons experiencing intense fear or anger when injected into guinea pigs have killed them in less than two minutes. Imagine what these toxins can do to your own body if they are continually being generated.
    38. 38. Triggers for Illness 38 We carry subconscious patterns or programs around in our brain cells that keep us either healthy or sick. Those people who feel loved and secure have far less illness and “accidents” than those who don‟t. Consider too that the body obeys the mind. If we are not doing the job or leading the life we enjoy, our mind is constantly holding the thought, “I wish I wasn‟t here.” Our body will then respond by working to get us out of whatever we want to get out of. The first step is illness.
    39. 39. Stress 39 Stress management doesn‟t mean getting rid of all stress. Rather, it means making thoughtful choices about which stress to keep and which to let go. When you are able to control and direct the energy of stress, your performance is enhanced. Take a moment to list the sensations of fear in one column and of excitement in another. The only difference between the symptoms is your mental state.
    40. 40. The Body & Emotions 40 It is important to note here, that our body can have an impact on our mental and emotional state. This fact is commonly used by actors. There are basically two tricks actors use:  One is to mentally work themselves into the required emotion and let the body follow.  The other is to change their body posture and movement to regenerate those feelings emotionally.
    41. 41. Stress Management - Laughter 41 There are many ways to manage stress: meditation, stretching, communicating, laughter. When we laugh, all kinds of wonderful things happen to benefit your body and mind.  Endorphins are released in your brain which give you a “natural high.”  Your respiratory system gets the kind of workout that it may get from jogging.  Laughter relieves pain. You can only laugh when you are relaxed and the more relaxed you are the less pain you feel.
    42. 42. Healing 42 All healing is the release from fear and from our perceived negative past. You heal yourself by recognizing your own worth; you heal others by recognizing the wholeness and divinity within them. When you heal yourself, you heal another. You are made well while serving another. To forgive is to heal. As you perceive others as yourself or learn to love your neighbors and yourself, you will be released from your out of balance condition and become emotionally healthy.
    43. 43. Attitude and Balance 43 There really is a purpose for everything. If you feel unhappy with the lessons you are learning, you can set your intention to learn the lesson quickly. Choose easy. Choose to learn the lesson quickly and then choose to be healthy and whole. All things are possible through the power of choice and faith. Creating a balance in your life can cushion you against boredom, isolation, or lack of purpose, and improve your self-esteem. Taking good care of your body can create better protection against the physical assaults of stress.
    44. 44. Challenge to Action 44Health and Healing There are many things you  Make yourself a checklist. How can do without cost to support many of these items can you a healthy body: check off during the week?  Get lots of fresh air,  How have you created balance in  Drink plenty of water - it makes your life? Do you have a social up 70% of your body, life, personal time, engaging  Spend time in sunshine, work? Are you participating in  Exercise – walking supports both service to others and spiritual mind and body, practices? Take an inventory this  Trust in nature – eat close to week to find out which area may nature: whole foods, herbs, & need strengthening in your life. spices, Decide on a simple action you  Be social – spend time with others can take now to restore balance who uplift you, and finally, to your life (and do it).  Take time to play.
    45. 45. Harmony and Rhythm 45“YOU ARE A PART OF THE UNIVERSE, NOLESS THAN THE STARS AND TREES, AND YOUHAVE A RIGHT TO BE HERE. AND WHETHERIT IS CLEAR TO YOU OR NOT, NO DOUBT THEUNIVERSE IS UNFOLDING AS IT SHOULD …”~ DESIDERATA
    46. 46. Definition 46 Harmony evokes feelings of peace, order, and compliment. Rhythm brings to mind patterned, purposeful movement. This is what differentiates chaos and order. The universe is an ordered place, organized by a loving God who is our father. It stands to reason, that He created us to be orderly too. When things are in order we feel at peace and we are able to move with purpose in compliment to the world around us.
    47. 47. Taking Time 47 Nature always takes her time. Great oaks don‟t become great overnight. They also lose a lot of leaves, branches and bark in the process of becoming great. Everything of value, of beauty, of majesty in the universe took time to become so. It is the same with our growth and development. Be gentle with yourself.
    48. 48. Cycles 48 The natural world is full of rhythm. The sun rises and sets. The seasons change. The tides ebb and flow. You have a natural rhythm too. As sure as the earth revolves around the sun and winter follows the spring, so must our life move in cycles. There will be easy times and there will be hard times. One of the great challenges of life is dealing with the winter while you are waiting for spring. Don‟t give up.
    49. 49. Rest 49 Nature has a rest from time to time. The soil needs a rest, certain animals hibernate; even fish sleep with their eyes open. We need to take time out; to rest, to review, to ponder, to be. These are the times when wonderful ideas and inspirations come to us because we are still and open. It is when we stop and take a step back, that we see the whole picture clearly.
    50. 50. In Tune 50 If you place a handful of iron filings on a thin sheet of metal and play a musical note near the sheet, the filings arrange themselves into a pattern. Play a different note and they rearrange themselves. The filings have no volition or will; they simply fall into the vibrational pattern of sound. Our thoughts are like music, and the circumstances in life are like the iron filings.
    51. 51. Internal Forces 51 Circumstances are the conditions that stand around us, magnetized to us by the central core of our thought-forms. Change the thoughts at the center of the energy field, and you change the conditions that stand around you. This is how our own internal harmony and rhythm impact the world around us.
    52. 52. Challenge to Action 52Harmony and Rhythm See if you can find your own internal  Looking over the list of principles we rhythm. Go a day without alarm have learned, consider the effect they have on one another. Thought, clocks and listen to what your body Perception, Choice and tells you it is time to do. If you‟re Accountability, Cause and Effect, always charging ahead, you‟re Abundance and Gratitude, Health challenge is to shift down. If you‟re and Healing, Harmony and Rhythm.  Make a list of all the things that have always lagging behind or hanging claim upon you. Compare the level back, you‟re challenge is to be bold of energy spent on each one versus and take action. the level of importance of the item. (Thing that might be on your list: Family, friends, alone time, work, recreation, exercise, hobbies …)
    53. 53. Questions 53

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