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The writer, Nora Ephron died this past week.
Of course there were special reports all over the airwaves dedicated to her life, her work. One of my favorites was a compilation of interviews she'd done with Charlie Rose on PBS.
In one of those sharings, she offered this bit of advice.
Everyone wants to live-in-love with their ideal companion, right? Everyone wants to enjoy a fulfilling lifetime with the man or woman of their dreams. What could be better than that?
Thing is, there's a very important part—a crucial part—of this "finding one another" scenario that few folks know about.
How do we escape from the anger and sadness of this world we're reminded of each and every moment of our lives and re-emerge into that place where we want to be, that we long to be, that best serves us and helps us to best-serve?
Actually, it's easy. Listen.
It's all over the news these days…the fact that people—everywhere—are having a tough time going to sleep at night.
Radio & TV shows discuss the problem—newspaper & magazine articles offer helpful hints—but there's one important point these sources rarely talk about.
And it's probably the most-important thing we should all be doing before drifting off to dreamland.
Any child with younger siblings has had to watch over these little ones at some point in their lives.
And even if you're an only child, surely, at some time in your past, you were given the responsibility of watching over someone else's younger ones.
It's called babysitting. Taking care of youngsters, attending to them, making sure they're okay.
Last week we spoke of the importance of building your own altar.
It doesn't have to be as spectacular as altars one might encounter in cathedrals, mosques, synagogues, or temples - but it should be special - a sacred place that beckons one to be quiet, reverent.
Listen to what else these holy places in our homes can accomplish.
Most spiritual teachings suggest incorporating a form of meditation into your daily ritual.
A time to go within.
A time to communicate with Spirit.
A time to receive guidance from a power greater than yourself.
And the BEST way to meditate? Well, it must be YOUR way to meditate.
I opened the door to my storage unit.
You know, that place where you put all those things you want to save but don't have room for in your house, so you rent this 'other little house' so you can store those things you want to save but have no room for in your house?
Then it hit me:
"Why am I saving all of this stuff?"
Some of the most powerful pieces of guidance the world has ever known can be summed up in just a few words, sentences, phrases.
Words and phrases, simple in nature, easy-to-understand.
But BECAUSE they're simple in nature, and easy-to-understand, we pay no attention to this knowledge being shared. Instead, we believe,
"Ah. c'mon, that'd NEVER work!"
Everyone's racing to find the ideal gift for everyone on their list this holiday season.
But you have to know what the person likes, what they don't like, what they've asked for, what size they require, what colors, what brands… (whew!)
Know the best gift you can give someone?
There's a wonderful couple—Jerry and Esther Hicks—who've been teaching the Law of Attraction for many years now.
They're constantly offering up new insights to help us all as we walk our path.
Here's one of my favorite lessons from them.
Here's something the shamans have always said.
"Don't fear fear."
On this planet, at this time, we have to deal with this thing called fear, but we can, indeed, deal with it, work with it, learn from it, benefit from it and not succumb to it, be drowned in it.
As with all things on earth, there's a reason fear's here.
When you have a moment, try this technique that's been used by Masters the world over for many, many years.
It's not difficult, per se, but to do it for any length of time may prove challenging.
As with anything else, the more you do it, the better you'll become, the easier it'll get.
In each issue, the magazines, Men's Health and Women's Health provide guidance in an ongoing column called, "Eat This, Not That" that teaches which foods are better for us, whether we're shopping at the grocery store or eating in a restuarant.
The shamans have a similar system called, "SAY This, Not That" which teaches that we have a choice with the things we say to ourselves and others.
Know how when kids get upset, they kick and scream and cry and bang their heads against the floor? And sometimes they even call you names!
But you don't take it personally. Naw, they're just little kids, lettin' off steam.
That's how God is when you bitch and moan and call Him every name in the book.
In movies, comic books, TV shows and real life, we can always count on the good ol' newspaper reporter giving us the scoop on what's happenin'. How's this accomplished?
By answering Who, What, When, Where and Why.
Manifesting stuff in our life works this way, too.
Well, sort of.
When you're thinking about what you'd like to do with your life—
Whether that be the entire arc of your life or just a particular part of it —
It's always helpful to remember these 2 things:
"Focus on what you want, not what you don't-want." — and—
"YOU are in charge of you."
Pick a time today (doesn't matter when) and observe your thoughts.
Are you worried about something?
Are you angry at someone?
Are you excited about an upcoming event?
It doesn't matter WHAT you're thinking about, no, but know this:
What you're thinkin', you're creatin'
Early in the morning - BEFORE you get out of bed - even BEFORE you open your eyes - say this to yourself and ponder it awhile.
"My intention today is to be the best me that I can be. And by doing just-that, that's how I'll best-serve the Highest Good."
Not too tough, huh? I mean, just BEING the best you that you can be all day!
Remember when you were growing up and all the 'adults around you' would point towards a church, for example, and remark:
"That's where God is, THAT'S where He lives.
THAT'S where you go to pray.
THERE'S where you can get to God without having to wait in line."
(Secret Shaman Hint: He's other places, too)
The Owner's Manual for "how to enjoy this life to the fullest" is not a large book at all. And the lessons are quite easy to comprehend.
The reason for this is simple: So that everyone can understand and make full use of this knowledge in their daily lives.
We tend to stumble, stutter and hesitate however, when it comes to operating the Manifestation Technique.
It's almost Thanksgiving here in the good ol' U.S. and that means everyone'll be saying, well, "thanks" on that day.
Yes, that's the one day of the year when we all agree to take a moment and give thanks for " . . all that we've been given, Lord. Amen".
But what about the other 364 days?
It's a waste of your time and energy to worry about how someone else is living their life.
It's a waste of your time and energy to be angry at someone for the way they just lived their life.
It's a waste of your time and energy to take offense with someone because they're not living life the way YOU think they should.
Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera . . .
What's your favorite TV commercial jingle or theme song? Yeah, that one. The one you know all the words to by heart.
And what's your favorite game or puzzle or "pastime that's just-enough-of-a-challenge but not overly-taxing, physically or otherwise?
Okay, now we're going to combine those two talents of yours and get clear on something.
"Your future is what you're thinking and feeling and saying right now - plus a little bit more."
That's all fine and good but - MOST of us - MOST of the time - are usually thinking and feeling and talking about our PAST or FUTURE.
The shamans share some helpful insights.
We all like going on adventures, taking vacations, experiencing new things!
But sometimes the weather's bad.
Or you have to stand in line.
Or people can't understand what you're trying to say.
Still, it's a lot of fun, so we keep doing it.
More adventures, more vacations, more new things to experience!
We've each been blessed with a gift, a "certain something" that only we can do, oh-so-well.
When we give that "gift" to the world, the world responds in kind, giving us all the gifts WE want and need and desire.
So, how do we get a piece of this action?
It's a little thing, but a big thing.