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Grace and Gratitude

It’s that time of year again, not that every day is not a day of grace and gratitude. We each have a choice as to how we celebrate. Go with the flow or rebel. What you resist persists, so give this some thought. Consider leading by example, “play” nice with your family and friends, even if they do not reciprocate.

The secret to powerful gratitude and prayer is both intention and emotion. So the object is to feel your gratitude as deeply as you can, to contemplate its meaning and purpose, and to imagine connecting to Source, (gratitude comes thru you not from you, so we are simply owning it).

Grace and Gratitude are two traits I have been developing all my life and I suspect you have also been developing these muscles maybe without even noticing! Without Gratitude life simply stops working. It is the grease that keeps the engine running. Grace is the way in which we do this. I invite you to test this right now! Not only does what you focus on grow, but that which you are grateful for is attracted to you. “Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays and the Native American’s taught us one important thing about this holiday so please consider the following. The food you eat is a gift from Great Spirit (even if you paid for it). Life is being transformed to a Higher form by us eating it and giving our grace to the animal or plant that is offering it up. We always thank the animal or plant for giving its life so that we may live. It is a thought and a feeling that becomes a habit every time you consume something. “Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.” Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear.

Thanksgiving is a daily event, not just one day a year! Of course the holidays are about family and friends sharing gratitude for each other by sharing gifts. Remember gifts come in many forms and don’t always include a bow and wrapping paper. In this busy world of diverse business and world travel many families no longer live in close proximity so the holidays are an excuse to come together, even if it is only virtually. As far as gratitude and grace, well these are daily practices which we are reminded of and celebrate at least once a year at Thanksgiving. With practice, grace and gratitude becomes a daily habit and leads to a more joyous life.

Sequoia Elisabeth

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ps. Remember that Thanksgiving comes before Christmas for a reason. Gratitude and Grace before Giving and Receiving!

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Loving Perspectives

Everything you say is a prayer, so accept this as my prayer.  I am not my body; I am a Spiritual Being having a human experience.  However my body appears, I created it to fully experience the results.  This means if I am bullied, abused, laughed at, murdered or admired, loved, desired, feigned over, I chose this experience at a level of awareness beyond this world.  Please allow me this experience! 

Why I chose this experience is not important.  What is important is that I embrace the experience accepting it fully.  I am listening to the still small voice within my heart for guidance.  The loud and often obnoxious voice in my head is ignored, in a polite fashion if possible. 

Faith need not be blind.  By listening to the feelings in the heart you are guided to your highest expression.  While faith cannot be touched or seen, it can be felt and experienced in ways that if pursued reveal themselves along the path. 

Since I am not my body, I do not die.  The body will fall away and in energetic terms change form.  The identity of that body will die and others will mourn the loss of this physical form.  The Spirit within that body moves on to other experiences.  Those in the physical realm will not be able to discern this Spirit from others.  Like a drop of water that rejoins the Ocean the Spirit remains alive and continues to flow.

Universal Consciousness knows not good or bad and never judges the physical world.  These constructions are created in the illusion of control.  Nothing is good or bad, it simple is.  How you experience it just is, unless you place a good or bad label upon it.  Placing judgment in this fashion is not good or bad, but serves you in some way.  Let it be.  (In the Oneness philosophy, “Judge not lest ye be judged” means there is only one to do the judgment!) 

Events always happen for a reason, although that reason is not always apparent.  Perceiving the reason is often helpful in accepting the event just the way it transpired.  However it is not required to understand the reason.  This is where faith comes in. 

This body is my vehicle for experience in the world.  I use it to communicate Love.  I give Love by sharing my body with others, by observing other’s Loving acts, and by sharing thoughts through writing, speaking and action.  

Any circumstance in my life is to these ends.  The specific events are meaningless, it is the Love communicated that gives life meaning.  My accomplishments are measured in the amount of Love I communicate.  I cannot fail, because I feel this Love as it circulates through this world as my blood flows through my body!  Oneness is so much more profound than most give it credit for.  I am the Love I seek.  I am that, I am. 

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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Affirmative Thought

The use of positive affirmations to manifest your desires is somewhat like praying but with a big difference.  When you pray to God or anything else you put your power outside yourself and out of your control.  God is not outside you but in, through and one with you.  God is not separate!

This little detail makes a world of difference in the results you experience.  When God is no longer outside you, there is no authority to judge you and send you to Hell or any other bad thing.  This has always been true but possibly not always your experience.  The ego mind is creating those “bad” things in order to prove itself right, “see you can die, we are separate” would be the ego thought pattern.  Or “I am a bad person for being different – I am freak.”  This is all illusion made up by your ego mind. 

Knowing the Truth will set you free!  The Truth is that you are a blessed child of God/Goddess/Universal Mind.  The way you can use this truth for your betterment and the betterment of the world is to affirm this Truth.  Affirmations are a great way to shift your thinking to the positive and create habits of seeing the good in everything. 

There are a couple of ways of using affirmations, but the simplest is to just notice the positive truth.  “I am a beautiful woman/man/person” stated over and over seeds itself into your conscious mind, then filters down to the unconscious mind where it is manifest.  You see if these thoughts are not in your unconscious mind then they are not manifest.  You can say “I am a millionaire” for years and years, but if you do not believe it to the point of it being an unconscious truth then you will not experience it, even though it is true. 

The next way to say an affirmation is to reason with yourself like this:

“I know there is one infinite loving universal intelligence and it is all there is.

Since it is all there is I must be a part of that oneness, which makes me perfect, whole and complete. 

My abundance is constant and ever flowing as is my wisdom and vibrant health. Peace and loving relationships come easy for me as they are the natural flow of life.  I am expressing divine feminine in all that I do, while still honoring the masculinity from which I spring. Creative self-expression is one way in which I enrich the world around me.  My understanding is that all which comes my way is here to deepen my appreciation and enjoyment of the world, so I step forward each day with Love and hopeful anticipation.   I am Woman, Perfect, Whole and Complete!”

This statement can be left this way as a good affirmation or extended into a complete prayer by adding the following:

Anything that appears to be contrary to this is false and I allow it to fall away naturally.  I go with the flow….

Because the greater truth about me is that I am woman – sexy, loving, vibrant, accepting and understanding, I rest in gratitude.  When I speak my feminine voice is heard! 

For this awesome truth I give thanks in this knowing. 

I now release these words that they may resonate through the cosmos and do their good and effective work!

And so it is. (Amen)

Be creative and edit this prayer to your Truth, make it yours.  Remember that the more often an affirmation is said the more seeds are planted in the conscious mind.  Feel the truth of it.  Feel the Joy!  All else is let go. 

One more method of using affirmations is to surround yourself in these statements, pasting them on the computer, on the walls, on the calendar, on the dashboard of your car, on the mirror, on the fridge, etc.  Say things that you wish to experience more of; statements that are in line with your desires.  For instance, I love you, I am abundantly wealthy, I can easily afford a new car, I am happy being me, Learning is fun and easy.  Don’t worry about what appears to be true or not true, only about what you desire.  I think you get the idea, so have fun with this. 

😉 Sequoia Elisabeth

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Beware What You Wish For

Are you aware of what you are wishing for?  Did you know that every word and thought is a prayer?  Once you start paying attention to your words and thoughts it is amazing to see how you are creating all the wonderful and not so wonderful things that occur in your life.  Some of these are deep issues that you chose to work on before you were born, so you will experience them whether you wish to or not.  Many others though are things you have picked up along the way.  We are constantly learning as soon as we have consciousness at some point in the fetal stage and the learning never stops.  By learning I mean receiving and processing data from your cognitive centers though both your physical senses and your mental senses. 

What role do you play in your life?  Only everything.  Creating the life of your dreams is one of patience, persistence and faith.  On a conscious level, the thoughts you have connect to feelings you have about those thoughts and it is the feelings that are the fuel to manifestation.  Our beliefs about the thoughts or dreams are the doorway that either allow them or not.  This process can be a crazy seesaw effect of yes – no – maybe, so focus on your desire and let the doubts go.  When I say it takes persistence and patience I am not kidding, sometimes it is years before things actually materialize because of many reasons including the seesaw action combined with the feeling of knowing or faith that it is done!  Actually see it as done while feeling the effects of it. 

This is how fear works so well to create that which we do NOT want.  Fear is often accompanied with deep emotions and feelings of dread, and the amount of energy combined with the obsessive nature of fear gives it fuel to manifest.  Since you know this now, use this same process in reverse by focusing on your dreams!  I cannot stress this more.  See only your desires and release all else. 

Just by being aware of your thoughts and feelings you can pick and choose the ones we like most.  Choose Joy!  Because many of us have experiences of let down so often it can become a habit!  If you expect the worse then you reinforce this happening.  So if a thought crosses your mind that is unpleasant simply ask yourself what you want?  What is my desire?  “Oh I choose Joy”!  Where is the Joy in my life?  If I don’t see any then I need to look deeper, anything is possible.  Create it if you don’t see it.  Talk with a friend, see a movie, listen to music, or whatever you need to and the feelings will change to support your beliefs.  I am Joyful!  🙂  Sequoia Elisabeth

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