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Affirmations are powerful

affirmationThe foundations of a change process are:

  • Meditation
  • Affirmation
  • Creative change/creative visualisation/goal setting

Remember the sub conscious mind can’t differentiate between fact and fiction so….

Thought – create a picture of what you want/how you want to feel

Dream it

Be it

BE – DO – HAVE

How do we do that?

We think of what we want, then we do what we need to do to get it and we leave the being(ourselves) out of it…Its about action not over thinking.

Affirmations are a powerful confirmation of a manifestation. Be aware to use positive affirmations and you can also combine EFT (tapping) if you want.

Lastly remember…What we resist, persists!

Some sources of good affirmations to get you started:

Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life” Affirmation Tool Kit

Try incorporating these into your daily routine and track the changes that occur in each area.

Self
I am one with the power that created me, and this power has given me the power to create my own circumstances.
I am loving and lovable, and I find love everywhere.
All is well in my world.

Relationships
I live in harmony and balance with everyone I know.
I love myself; therefore I attract loving people into my life.
I release the past and therefore I am free to love fully in the present.

Health and Wellness
I listen with love to my body’s messages.
I am healthy, whole and complete.
I feel the vibrant wellness in my body increase every day.

Prosperity
I am blessed beyond my fondest dreams.
I am one with the creative power of the universe, and this connection brings me fulfillment and abundance.
I learn from every experience, and everything I touch is a success.

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February 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

What are you waiting for? Design the life you want

The awakening

A time comes in your life when you finally get it … When, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cried out … ENOUGH! Fighting and crying and blaming and struggling to hold on. Then, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes. This is your awakening.

You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change or for happiness, safety and security to magically appear over the next horizon. You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you … And in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are … And that’s OK. They are entitled to their own views and opinions. You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself … And in the process a sense of newfound confidence is born of self approval.

You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you – or didn’t do for you – and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected. You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that everything isn’t always about you. So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself … and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.

You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties … And in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness. You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.

You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with. You learn that there is power and glory in creating and contributing, and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for your next fix.

You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life. You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing.

You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake. Then you learn about love. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You learn that alone does not mean lonely. You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes.

You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO. You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs.

You learn that your body really is your temple. You begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin to eat a balanced diet, drink more water, and take more time to exercise. You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and so you take more time to laugh and to play.

You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you believe you deserve, and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy. You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different to working towards making it happen. More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You also learn that no one can do it all alone, and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.

You learn the only thing you must truly fear is fear itself. You learn to step right through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it, and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms. You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.

You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people… And you learn to not always take it personally. You learn that nobody’s punishing you and everything isn’t always somebody’s fault. It’s just life happening.

You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls. You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.

You learn to be thankful, and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.

Then, you begin to take responsibility for yourself, by yourself, and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less that your heart’s desire. You make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.

Finally, with courage in your heart, you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.

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June 19, 2012 at 8:41 am Leave a comment

Purpose

This is a really tough lesson and yet so obvious actually. Don’t spend your whole life trying to be more like other people. You owe it to the world to be the best You that only You can be.

Life on and with purpose

November 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

Searching for the Beloved

There is a tradition about our search for the “Beloved”.

The word Beloved is used by the Sufi poet Rumi, and it perfectly describes the longing most feel for that one “true love”.  Well the Beloved can’t be found in others.  Not in lovers. Not in friends, family or children. The Beloved is always found in the sacred self.  Take Colleen Joy Pages Apple Tree Journey. May it help you, as it did me, to remind me of my Beloved.

October 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment

Attitude

“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”  – William James, a Harvard Psychologist

October 3, 2011 at 9:50 am Leave a comment

Spirituality vs Religion

Spirituality is any practice, as selected by the individual as suitable for him/her, to help quiet the mind (left brain monkey chatter), open the heart (awareness of the right brain and higher superconscious mind), to connect with something greater than one’s normal sense of self as separate from others. This connection can be called God, Source, The Field, Universe, etc. Fleeting moments of joy, happiness, peace and calm are indications of accessing this connection. Spirituality is not a goal oriented endeavour, but a daily journey into your own being. Trying too hard, will only make you give up. Simply take time (even 5 minutes as a start), do it every day and become quiet. You’ll notice the difference in your life very quickly.

Religion is born out of moments of radical insight, but then later, devolves into systems of dogma, rules, regulations and beliefs, that turn the original insight into an event to worship, rather than an experience to recreate. The religious experience is everyone’s birthright, but paradoxically, we brace ourselves against the experience through strict rules, rigid practice and specific beliefs, often far removed from the insight, teachings, or intent of the originator of the specific religion. Religion often leads to holding back the inner force of the soul yearning to break through, and we tragically refer to religious text and tradition to justify this denial of our inner being. Many people find sense of community and belonging in specific religions, often also deep meaning and purpose for their lives, which is an important part of our sense of wellbeing, but we have to be very careful not to judge others of different (or no specific) religions or beliefs, as that is contrary to all religions’ philosophy of tolerance, of ‘love thy neighbour as thyself’, not change your neighbour as yourself, and then love him/her!

My advice: steer clear of spiritual wellness interventions with any particular religious content. The workplace has people from all cultures, creeds and religions. To favour one religion over another, will only lead to discontent, unhappiness and a sure failure of your program – the last thing you want! Rather focus on program content that uses the universal principles found in all and no, religions, such as love and kindness towards all others (not only the select few in our inner circles, that believe as we do!), understanding of others’ ways, contact with nature, exploring all the many ways to connect to your Source (meditation and art of prayer classes for example), ways to move from left brain rational thinking, to right brain soul connection, using progressive deep relaxation practices, starting with simple 2-3 minute breathing exercises, to 30 minute practice of being quiet and still. Even your physical wellness interventions can lead to more awareness and tuning in to soul through the body: e.g. yoga, tai ‘chi, dances like Nia technique, Biodanza, bellydancing, any movement done to mood music – freely moving like the leaves and branches of a tree, to feel your inner being and emotions expressed through your body.

The physical state of health (health or illness) is only the tip of the iceberg. The true origin of dis-ease or health, lies beneath the surface. Even lifestyle & behaviour lie close to the surface. That is why it’s so difficult to adopt a healthy lifestyle! We try to do it with willpower. It doesn’t work. The real level we have to work on is the level of thoughts, emotions and beliefs. This level also connects us to our soul or spiritual level, and ultimately to our Source of Wellbeing, Inner Being, God or our concept of something bigger and greater than our physical separate sense of self or ego. When we allow the Grace of God into our lives, to change our old, stuck brain patterns and belief systems, to help us  reprogam our subconscious mind for health, wealth and happiness, it is through this power alone that we can heal from the inside out.

Extract from Dr Arien van der Merwe, medical doctor, health coach, specialist health & wellness service provider and author..(healthstresswellness.com)

January 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

Where is life happening?

This is a question that an amazing, authentic women asked awhile back in a mail to her subscriber base. Call it synchronicity, whatever, it reverberated (yes reverberated not resonated 🙂 ) for me again and I really would love to share…

“I used to write a column for a magazine (for about 7 years) and this was one of the strangest letters I ever received.

A woman was very upset and wanted my input – she was angry at people that seemed to take life too lightly. She said that the world was full of pain and that anyone who was laughing was in denial and had no business being happy when there was too much suffering, and lack all around us.

It was a good question so I tried my best to respond. My reply to her is below.

The ‘experience’ of life is not a result of the external world but is completely a result of the inner world. Your world is experienced within you; so in this way you therefore are the creator of your ‘experience’ of life.

One man’s lack is another’s abundance – the only difference is their inner world choice of reality. One man’s hell is another’s heaven.

We only feel upset by another person’s projected reality, if it frightens us. I would ask you why you are so afraid to laugh and experience the joys of life? Instead of focusing on ‘others’; who are also a part of your external world; I would recommend that you honour your innate courage by exploring your inner world. What reality do you really want to choose for yourself – a nightmare or a dream?

Life on earth is hard, we bleed, cry and suffer, without exception – we all die. The man that appears free of the pain of life may not be denying it, but may have embraced it to discovered that pain was only a part of the truth – that beyond the fear and pain was a life experience that also was joyful, blissful and filled with laughter.

When one can be free of the fear of both joy and pain, life and death, dark and light – then wholeness provides one with the ultimate field of possibilities, the power to consciously choose what kind of life you desire to experience.

Meditation

Close your eyes and consider who you may be blaming for your experience of life? How might it serve you to stop blaming and open to a new way of seeing and being. Let your apple tree support you and hold you in your courage to see things in a new and honest way.

Question

Where is life happening?

All my love,  

Colleen-Joy

Courtesy: http://www.colleen-joy.com/

January 14, 2011 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

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